Plan B’ Morning After Pill to Be Available OTC Without Age Restrictions, According to Federal Judge’s Ruling

June 19, 2013

Topics: Prescriptions

A ruling by Judge Edward R. Korman, Eastern District Court of New York, will effectively make the Plan B® One-Step, or “morning after” contraceptive pill, available as an over-the-counter product with no age restrictions, reports the New York Times. As part of the implementation process, the drug’s manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, must submit a supplemental new drug application (NDA) to FDA, notes NBC News. Until the supplemental NDA is submitted to and approved by FDA, Plan B One-Step is only available for purchase without a prescription by a person aged 15 or older, with a valid, government-issued form of identification, pursuant to the FDA’s April 13, 2013 decision, which the court upheld. Two-pill Plan B formulations still require a prescription for purchasers under age 17.