The US Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of Plan B One-Step to any woman regardless of her age. The emergency contraceptive, also known as the “Morning After Pill” will be sold over-the-counter.
According to the FDA, Plan B One-Step decreases the chance of pregnancy if taken as soon as possible within three days after unprotected sex.
In 2009, the morning after pill was approved for women 17-years and older if they had a prescription. Then in April of this year, women as young as 15-years-old could buy the product.
Doctors said Plan B does have some potential side effects like nausea, vomiting, headaches, and an irregular menstrual cycle.
C and C Pharmacy in Lexington said even though Plan B could be sold off the shelves, they will keep it behind the pharmacy counter because of the high cost for the pill. They are not sure what date it will become available to women regardless of their age restrictions.