FDA Allows Plan B for 17-year-olds

The FDA will allow seventeen year-old girls to buy the "morning after" pill without a prescription, reversing its previous decision that required the pill only be sold to adults.

Last month a US district judge in New York ruled that FDA officials let politics, not science, drive their decision to approve "Plan B" without a prescription for women 18 and over.

Plan B has been a topic of debate for several years. Those opposed to the drug say it will promote promiscuity among teenagers and that it's a form of abortion. Supporters argue the pill is safe and effective, and could actually reduce the number of abortions.

If taken within 72 hours plan B lowers a woman's chance of pregnancy by 89 percent, but it will not work if the woman is already pregnant.

The manufacturer, Duramed Research, Inc., must now submit a new application to the FDA.

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