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FDA Allows "Plan B" Pill To Be Sold Over-The-Counter To Girls Over 15, Women

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it approves the over-the-counter sales of the Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive pill for girls over the age of 15 and adult women.

Buyers will have to show proof of age to the cashier, according to the FDA.

Earlier this month, a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled that the FDA would have to allow over-the-counter access to Plan B to all women without a prescription, regardless of age, within 30 days.

In a statement, FDA officials say their approval of over-the-counter Plan B pills is independent of the judge's ruling.

Planned Parenthood called the decision an important step forward to expand access to emergency contraception.

The U.S. Department of Justice is still deciding its next step following the judge's ruling, according to the FDA.

Meanwhile, Walgreens officials say in a statement that they are reviewing the new FDA guidelines on how to sell Plan B.

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