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FDA plan to make Plan B available over the counter to all girls overruled
(WKTV) - The Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius has overruled the Federal Drug Administration's recommendation to make the emergency contraceptive "Plan B" pill available to teens under age 17
According to Sebelius, there has not been enough data presented to support the FDA's application to make the controversial pill available over the counter to all sexually active girls. The emergency contraceptive can prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood said Wednesday that since it is a time-sensitive medication, she wants the "Morning After" pill or "Plan B" on store shelves and wants it available to all women.
"We are extremely disappointed with the decision," said a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood. "It's just good sense to help prevent unintended pregnancies."
However, not all pharmacists agree.
Pharmacist Christine Szeles fears that if both parents and doctors are not needed for young girls to purchase the emergency contraceptive, it could be used instead of another birth control method.
Both Planned Parenthood and local pharmacists agree that regardless of age, the "plan B" pill should not be used for birth control, only as an emergency back-up.