FDA approves "Plan B" over the counter for girls 15 and older
Tyler, Texas (KETK) --- — The U.S. Food and drug administration announced Tuesday that it was approving "Plan B" also known as "The Morning After Pill" to be sold without a prescription females 15 and older. The FDA approved this change, but the people of East Texas didn't. Gretchen Gary of Big Sandy says, “First of all I don't think a 15 year old is a woman, she's still a child."
Until now the drug was sold behind the counter to females ages 17 and up, only with a prescription. But, with this FDA approval —now you'll find "Plan B" next to your every day Aspirin.
Registerd Pharmacist, Chuck Eubanks, owner of ‘Tyler RX Pharmacy’ says, "Right out next to anything that might be on the counter, yes aspirin, Tylenol, it will be next to that."
He says, he will now have to move the drug from behind the counter to in front of the counter.
Eubanks explains, “With the new changes policy change by the FDA, you have to be 15, show proof of ID, and proof of age."
After the drug, marketed by Teva woman's health, changes its label to read: "Not for sale to those under 15 years of age *proof of age required*" It will be sold on shelves of major retailers, everywhere.
Although some think it's an okay idea. Others don’t. Many East Texan’s KETK spoke with say they believe it will just give teenagers an excuse to have unprotected sex.
This approval by the FDA comes after a court ruling on April 5, 2012 saying the drug is extremely "safe" and the age limits are "arbitrary,” according to the FDA.