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Who will be able to buy Plan B over the counter?

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Air date: June 30, 2013

Host: Barbara Lewis

Healthcare Policy & Public Health Men's & Women's Health
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Interview: Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., associate professor of pediatrics, associate director of Children’s Health Services Research, Indiana School of Medicine; director, Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.

Plan B, commonly referred to as "the morning after pill," is emergency contraception that can prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved Plan B Onestep for over-the-counter sale with no age restrictions. Plan B Onestep previously required a prescription or parental consent for those younger than 17; research by the FDA proved girls younger than 16 understand how to use it safely and effectively.