All women having child-bearing potential would be allowed to purchase emergency contraceptives without a prescription, the FDA declared.
Plan B-One Step (levonorgestrel), which is a form of the "morning-after pill" - a type of emergency contraception that reduces pregnancy risk after a woman has engaged in unprotected sex, CBS News reported.
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Plan B is available for women 17 and older over the counter, but requires a prescription for those below the age limit. Ella requires a prescription irrespective of the age.
Plan B One-Step works best when its taken within three days after sexual intercourse, however, it doesn't stop pregnancy if a woman is already pregnant.
Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said that the over-the-counter access to emergency contraceptive products has the potential to further reduce the rate of unintended pregnancies in the US.