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Dawn Stacey M.Ed, LMHC

Out With the Old Plan B - the FDA Approves Plan B One-Step!

By July 13, 2009

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Earlier today, the FDA approved the new Plan B One-Step, the first one pill dose emergency contraceptive. The FDA has also finally expanded over-the-counter access to Plan B One-Step for consumers (men and women) age 17 or older; women younger than age 17 will need a prescription to obtain this new product. As per Denise Bradley, company spokesperson, “Plan B One-Step will be replacing the old Plan B.” Women can now prevent an unplanned pregnancy after contraception failure or unprotected sex with just one pill.

According to Amy Niemann, General Manager, Senior Vice President of Teva Women’s Health. “We’re proud to offer women this new, innovative emergency contraceptive option that builds upon the trust that women have come to know with Plan B.” The product will be available at licensed U.S. retail pharmacies within the next month.

Plan B One-Step Photo Courtesy of Teva Pharmaceuticals

July 14, 2009 at 8:27 am
(1) Brian says:

Will Pharmacists now be required to check ID? Is it illegal to purchase Plan B one-step for someone that is under 17? Are you able to buy more than 1 at a time, might be worth stocking up on!

July 15, 2009 at 12:13 am
(2) Dawn Stacey says:

Yes – to purchase Plan B One-Step, you will have to show a valid government-issued, proof-of-age identification to the pharmacist. There has been no information released as to whether or not there will be limits put on how many packages can be bought. My understanding is, just like with alcohol or cigarettes, it would be illegal to purchase this medication to a person under-the-age of 17.

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