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Age Limit Lowered for Pregnancy Prevention

Emergency contraception, often referred to (inaccurately) as the morning-after pill, will now be sold over-the-counter. Plan B One-Step will become available for young women who are at least 15 years old.
Currently, the ingredient in Plan B, levonorgestrel, is sold behind the counter only to buyers who are at least 17. Under the new agreement, Plan B One-Step will become available on pharmacy shelves but will require proof of age to purchase. The new decision from the FDA came after the agency determined that 15-year-olds were capable of understanding how the product works and how to use it correctly.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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