FDA: Morning-after pill to move over the counter


by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer


Posted on April 30, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 1:26 PM

Do you think emergency contraceptives should be available over-the-counter to 15-year-olds?

The FDA approves the sale of the "morning after pill" aka Plan B for 15 year olds. The sale of the emergency contraceptive will be available without a prescription. The pill won't be kept behind pharmacy counters; instead, it will now be on store shelves. Cashiers will need to check IDs, like passports or birth certificates.  Some parents are outraged.

"It's not okay for the government to decide your parents don't need to have any input, that you're 15 and old enough to make that decision," said one Phoenix mother.

Until this decision, the pill was available without a prescription to those 17 and older. 

 "Research has shown that access to emergency contraceptive products has the potential to further decrease the rate of unintended pregnancies in the United States," said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D

1st Way Pregnancy in Phoenix, a pro-life pregnancy center that provides various resources to teens and women, says the FDA 's move is a bad idea.

"To allow this to 15 year olds, it doesn't create an option, it doesn't create a solution. The problem is we can pop it like an after contraception, " said Christine Accurso, Executive Director.

Planned Parenthood says it's a step in the right direction.

"We want everybody to know about abstinence, but they are having sex. This is something they can do. We never recommend the emergency contraception as their only method of birth control," said Carol Bafaloukos, Associate Medical Director for Planned Parenthood Phoenix.

The spokesperson for the maker of the pill, Teva, tells 3TV that the pill won't be available for a few months as the company updates the packaging and labeling.