FDA Cuts Age to Buy Plan B Pill

In a surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand — Plan B One-Step — and will let it be sold over the counter.

OVER-THE-COUNTER: Today, Plan B and its generic competition are sold behind pharmacy counters, and people must prove they’re 17 or older to buy the emergency contraception without a prescription. A federal judge had ordered an end to those restrictions by next Monday.

NEW PLAN: Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration said Plan B could sit on drugstore shelves — but buyers must prove they’re 15 or older at the cash register.

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