Makers of Plan B Pill Want It Available to All Ages

Teva says girls 11 to 16 should be able to get it without doctor's order
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2011 4:06 PM CST

(Newser) – The makers of Plan B, the morning-after pill now approved for women 17 and older without a doctor's prescription, are pushing to make it as easily available to girls as young as 11. Girls under 17 currently need a prescription to get it, but Teva Pharmaceuticals holds that any female regardless of age should be able to get the drug quickly if needed because it must be taken within three days of unprotected sex. It's asking the FDA to lift the current restrictions.

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The push is generating controversy: “Parents should be very concerned that the FDA and the drug company are trying to sell this drug to minor girls without the parent’s knowledge or consent,” the head of the pro-life group Concerned Women for America tells Fox News. An attorney for a pro-choice group counters: "All of the scientific facts are there, and FDA experts agree—emergency contraception has proven safe and effective to be sold over-the-counter to all ages." (Read more FDA stories.)

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