Price of "Morning After" Pill May Drop

Published 03/03 2014 06:19PM

Updated 03/03 2014 06:21PM

Plan B, the controversial emergency contraceptive could soon be accessible to more people. NPR Is reporting that the FDA will allow  Plan B One-Step, also known as the morning after pill to be sold in generic form.

The drug can stop most pregnancies if it's taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex by a woman under 165 pounds. The FDA originally gave Plan B's manufacturer three more years of protection from generic competition, but it reversed that decision.

The agency says generic Plan B must say on its label that it's intended for women 17 or older, but the drug can be sold over-the-counter without proof of age being required.

It's estimated the generic morning after pill could cost $10 less.

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