Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Emergency birth control available over-the-counter to teens 15 years and older

Emergency birth control available over-the-counter to teens 15 years and older, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled new guidelines for consumers to have better access to the emergency contraceptives also known as the morning-after pill, reported Fox News on April 30. The FDA has ruled, females as young as age 15 with proper identification showing proof of age, will be able to buy morning-after pills stocked alongside other contraceptive products on pharmacy shelves.

This ruling will allow teenagers easier accessibility to the emergency birth control pill; those under the age of 15 will require a doctor’s prescription before the cashier can honor the sale.

Yesterday’s FDA mandate came subsequent to a recent decree by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of New York. Judge Korman decreed the FDA to lift the age limit altogether and make the morning-after pill more easily accessible over-the-counter within 30 days.

Under the former FDA guidelines,17 years of age was the earliest a female may ask the pharmacist for the Plan B One-Step birth control tablets, stored behind the pharmacy counter.

The FDA denies that their Tuesday ruling was based in connection to the district’s court case in New York.

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