Plan B Contraceptive Access Limits Spur New U.S. Court Action Against FDA

Bloomberg (02/08/12) Schoenberg, Tom; Frier, Sarah
The Center for Reproductive Rights recently asked a federal judge to reopen their 2005 lawsuit on access to the emergency contraceptive Plan B, in an effort to overturn the FDA's age restrictions for those who can access the drug. The center had supported the application made by Teva Pharmaceuticals to have Plan B One-Step made available in all stores, but the application failed as Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius ordered the FDA to reject it. In 2009, Brooklyn District Judge Edward Korman ordered the FDA to reconsider approving Plan B to be sold on drugstore shelves without age restrictions, along with his order that they make the pill available to those as young as 17 without a prescription. The center has asked to add Sebelius as a defendant in their reopened case.

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