The Safe, Effective Contraceptive That Everybody ‘B’ Confused About

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“Even though it was first approved for prescription use in the United States in 1999, Plan B did not become available over the counter until 2006 for women 18 and older. The age requirement was then dropped to 17 in 2009. Age restrictions were finally dropped altogether this past July as mandated by a U.S. District Court Judge — despite much resistance and an appeal by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice. However, as part of a compromise reached by the court and the DOJ, this ruling only applied to Plan B One Step. Generic brands — which are often cheaper–would still only be for sale at pharmacies without a prescription for those over 17 and with a government-issued ID.

But even before age restrictions for Plan B One Step were dropped, research has indicated that pharmacists were misinforming teenagers about the rules regarding its access. At least, those are the findings of a study published in December in the Journal of Adolescent Health.”* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.

*Read more here from Laura Kiesel / Salon:


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