-- Scott Roberts
FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- The Plan B "emergency"
contraceptive (levonorgestrel) has been approved by the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration for any female of child-bearing
Thursday's agency announcement followed an April ruling by the
U.S. District Court in New York that the product had to be made
available without restriction, including age.
Plan B is meant to reduce the chances of pregnancy if taken
within 72 hours of unprotected sex or suspected contraceptive
failure. The product was first approved in 2009 as an
over-the-counter option for women 17 and older, and as a
prescription option for younger females.
The product will not end the pregnancy of a female who is
already pregnant, and there is no evidence that it will harm a
developing fetus, the FDA said in a news release. It will not
prevent any sexually transmitted disease, including HIV/AIDS, the
Some females who have taken Plan B have reported these side
effects: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, headache, dizziness and
breast tenderness. These adverse reactions are similar to those
reported after use of other birth control products, the FDA
Plan B is produced by Teva Women's Health, a unit of the Israeli
drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.
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