FDA keeps access limited to Plan B morning-after pill

U.S. drug regulators kept the controversial morning-after pill behind the pharmacy counter as they denied the drugmaker’s request to drop the age limit on who can buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription. The pill, which has to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse, has technically been an over-the-counter drug, but only for women over 17. With younger girls requiring a prescription, buying Plan B has required showing a pharmacist identification for an age check.

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