Morning after pill approval24th August 2006
After three years of controversy the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraceptive pill.
Barr Pharmaceuticals, the makers of the pill Plan B, say it will be sold at pharmacies but not at petrol stations or corner shops. It will be sold only to women over the age of 18; younger women will still need a prescription. The pills may prevent pregnancy if a woman takes them within 72 hours of having sexual intercourse.
The pharmaceuticals firm hopes to begin non-prescription sales of Plan B by the end of the year. In the UK pharmacists have been allowed to sell the morning-after pill without a prescription since 2001.
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