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Plan B One-Step Contraception Finally Hits Shelves

Plan B One-Step Contraception Finally Hits Shelves

Emergency contraception when you need it, no prescription necessary.

In response to a judge’s order to make emergency contraception (EC) available over the counter without a prescription, the FDA has approved Plan B One-Step, a popular brand of EC, for “off the shelf” sale. Until now, EC was sold from behind the pharmacy counter and anyone under 17 needed a prescription to get it. Keeping EC behind the counter meant that even those 17 and over were dependent on pharmacy employees, who research has found don’t always have their facts straight, to access EC. Levonorgestrel-based EC options like Plan B One-Step are more effective the sooner you take them, so delays due to misinformed pharmacists, lack of ID, or short pharmacy hours can make a real difference in how well EC pills work.

All dressed up and ready to go.

Plan B One-Step has a fresh new package (purple instead of green, if you want to know, though the EC pill itself is the same) and is already being shipped to pharmacies, drugstores, and grocery stores—including grocery stores that don’t have a pharmacy. It should be available around the country by August 1, 2013. Retailers will get to decide where to put it, but early reports suggest that the family planning aisle, where the condoms and pregnancy tests can be found, is probably a good place to look first. You can find out where to buy Plan B One-Step in your town through their website.

Will generics be available too?

For the time being, generic EC pills—which include Next Choice, Next Choice One Dose, and Levonorgestrel—will remain behind the counter and a prescription will still be required for those under 17.

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2:40AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Thank you :)

1:57AM PDT on Aug 16, 2013


5:50AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Ellen, people wouldn't bitch if it weren't a problem.

7:35PM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

I hope this will stop the constant bitching about "womens' lack of access to 'healthcare.'"

5:12PM PDT on Aug 11, 2013


2:27AM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

Thank you :)

12:51AM PDT on Aug 7, 2013

Thank you for the article & some comments.

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5:08AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

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