The wait for better access to emergency contraception is finally over! Plan B One-Step is now available on store shelves with no age restrictions, according to a recent statement from the Reproductive Health Technologies Project.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Finally, anyone can purchase this safe, effective product without a prescription or identification,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Jessica Arons, president and CEO of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, in her statement yesterday. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Eliminating unnecessary barriers to this time-sensitive product and giving everyone who needs it direct access to another option for preventing pregnancy. This is definitely a moment to celebrate!Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Complicated Backstory This exciting move comes nearly four months after the April 5 ruling by federal judge Edward Korman to make emergency contraception available over the counter without any age or point-of-sale restrictions (including showing an ID or finding a pharmacist on duty). After much back and forth with the courts, the FDA approved the use of Plan B One-Step for women of all ages in late June. And finally, the product has hit shelves in drugstores and other retail and grocery stores across the country. That means easier access to the pill whenever you need itÃ¢â‚¬”and not having to worry about finding a 24/7 pharmacy counter or accidentally forgetting your license at home.
According to Teva (the manufacturer), Plan B One-Step first hit shelves around mid-July, although theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re still working to increase availability across the country. While the product comes with a hefty price tag (the average cost is $48), lower-cost generic versions of the pill could end up on shelves soonÃ¢â‚¬”though theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll still have an age restriction of 17 and older, says Arons.
More Info and Resources
For more information and to find out where women have spotted Plan B One-Step on store shelves, visit the new tumblr Healthcare In Our Hands, created by the Reproductive Health Technologies Project. You can submit your own photo to the site or print out information to give to the managers at your local drugstore if they havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stocked their shelves yet.
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