Judge Tells Fda To Make Plan B Available To All Ages

03.24.09 | FL News Team

A U.S. district judge in New York has told the Food and Drug Administration to remove age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the so-called "morning-after pill." The pill, which contains a hormone that reduces the chances of pregnancy was originally approved as a prescription drug in 1999.

The same agency decided to make the drug available over-the-counter in 2006 but only to women over the age of 17. Anyone younger would still need a prescription. The FDA says the ruling is now under review. 

The ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights and others who feel access to emergency contraceptives should be available not only to adult women but also to parents and younger girls.