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FDA lowers age requirement for Plan B pill


The FDA has changed the age requirement for the Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive bill.

The FDA is now making the pill available to girls 15 and older, without a prescription. Previously, the pill was only available to women aged 17 and older with a prescription. The new guidelines only apply to the Plan B One-Step pill, not the two other emergency contraception drugs. The two dose regimen of Plan B is already available over the counter for women 17 and older.

The FDA said data shows women over the age of 15 are able to understand how Plan B One-Step works, and that it does not prevent the transmission of STDs.

WTOC spoke with Craig Cocke of Lo-Cost Pharmacy in Savannah who said he is a little apprehensive about the new regulations. He said his first concern is the box, which clearly states a woman must be 17 years old or older to purchase the drug.

"Number one until we  have packaging that reflects the new law, the new rules and regulations then we have to abide by that. How do we determine this woman is 15 years old? 15 year olds for the most part don't have an age defining ID, like a driver's license. So what's the process there to determine that someone is 15 and not 14?" 

According to the FDA, from here on out, the product will be labeled "Not for sale to those under 15 years of age, proof of age required."

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