FDA Rejects Morning After Pill Over the Counter Availability - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/6/04

FDA Rejects Morning After Pill Over the Counter Availability

The government says no to making the morning after pill available over the counter. Ever since the FDA announced it was considering over the counter sales of the morning after birth control, that agency has been under intense political pressure from both sides of the controversy.

The arguments against included concern that young teens might become sexually active knowing the morning after pill would undo the trouble they got into the night before. But backers argue that easier access to the pills could prevent thousands of abortions.

So for now, the FDA says it will not allow the morning after prescription to move across the counter. But the government has left the door open for Barr Laboratories to try again if it can show how the product could be sold over-the-counter, except with a prescription to those 16 and under.

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