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Plan B One-Step Sold Over The Counter For Young Teens

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It's a decision that has been met with a wave of controversy. The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Plan B One-Step for women 15 and older with out a prescription.


Plan B One-Step, also known as the "morning after pill", is a form of emergency contraception that can reduce the chance of pregnancy after a person has engaged in unprotected sex. 


"The one thing I will tell you about it is the pill is only about 75-80% effective in preventing they pregnancy, said Brian Heeney St. Peter's hospital Pharmacist.
 
What's important to know about Plan B One-Step is that it does not stop pregnancy If a woman is already pregnant and their is no evidence that if taken while pregnant it will harm the existing fetus.
 
Heeney says that the pill is mostly used in an emergency situation for the most part but there's a lot of concern about it being used as a regular form of contraception.
 
Research has shown that access to emergency contraception products can decrease unintended pregnancies in the U.S., FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg had this to say in a statement.
 
 
"The data reviewed by the agency demonstrated that women 15 years of age and older were able to understand how Plan B One-Step works, how to use it properly, and that it does not prevent the transmission of a sexually transmitted disease."


Emergency contraception products which will now be found over the counter will have labels placed on them which will prompt cashiers to ask for proof of age and if someone cant prove they are 15 or older, they will be denied the sale.
 
"It will basically indicate that if you are under the age of 15 it will require prescription and if you're over the age of 15 you'll have to show id to get the medication, said Heeney.   

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