Plan B Now Available for 15 & Up
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on May 01, 2013 @ 5:48PM
Created on May 01, 2013 @ 5:28PM
Many of you've probably heard of the emergency contraceptive Plan B, and that it's only available for people over 17-years-old. But Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved it for women 15 and older and you don't even need a prescription.
The pharmacist at Best Care in Bridgeport said Teva, the manufacturer that makes Plan B, has been wanting to lower the age for quite sometime now. But according to CNN, that proposal has nothing to do with this new change.
The drug used to be two separate pills but it's now called Plan B One-Step because you just take one pill, in one easy step. The new box will have a label on it saying proof of age is required when you buy it and it won't be sold in places where the customers age can't be checked. All pharmacies will have it for sale, but it can be bought when the pharmacy's closed too. The pharmacist said he doesn't agree with the change. And he also said that they keep an eye on all purchases made so if something looks suspicious they'll take care of it.
"As a good pharmacist and as good pharmacist practice, if you saw repeat patients coming in for that particular drug then we'd probably have to have a conversation. I believe that if someone at that age needs Plan B, we need to go through their physician and more appropriately their gynecologist. At that particular age, parental involvement needs to be there," said Mario Blount, Best Care Pharmacist.
The FDA's decision doesn't affect two other emergency contraceptive drugs that are on the market. And it's important you know that none of these products protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.
One woman said she completely supports the age change. She said she has seen so many young people have children that they can't take care of. She continued, it's unfortunate, but hopefully this will help.
There were people who felt the exact opposite.
"I am opposed to it. I believe age 15 is too young for sex and it's just encouraging young girls to go ahead and do it and they don't have to worry about it. They'll just take the pill," said Barbara Davis, Harrison County Resident.
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