Plan B pill now available to girls as young as 15
There is more controversy over the Plan B pillPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
(KTNV) -- The Plan B emergency contraceptive pill is now available without a presription to girls as young as 15 years old.
Up until now, Plan B and its generic competition were sold behind pharmacy counters and only to women ages 17 and older.
The FDA has decided to lower the age to 15 and put the pills on pharmacy shelves.
Last month, a federal judge in Brooklyn ordered the FDA to make the morning-after pill available to all women.
But, the FDA says the change has nothing to do with that ruling.
It is ignorning the lifting of all age limits and going with the 15-year-old restriction instead.
The Obama Administration says it doesn't support the FDA's decision and wants the Plan B pill restricted to women ages 17 and older.
The legal fight appears to be far from over. But, for now, women or girls just need to present proof of age to buy the pill at the cash register.
Another important distinction, the FDA decision applies specifically to Plan B One Step and not the two other emergency contraception pills now sold in the United States.