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Thursday, August 24th 2006

Plan B From Outerspace

Plan B finally comes without a prescription (if you’re 18 or over).

The Food and Drug Administration said Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Plan B pills must stay behind pharmacy counters to prevent girls under 18 from getting the drug without a doctor’s order.

Backers welcomed the decision but balked at the age limit, saying all females needed quick access in order for the pills to work. Two Plan B pills – sold by prescription since 1999 – can prevent pregnancy if taken soon after intercourse.

The decision also angered conservatives, and some groups on both sides were girding to challenge the decision in court.