Study: No reason teens can't buy emergency contraception OTC
Girls younger than 17 can safely use emergency contraception without a prescription, and there is no reason they can’t buy it
University of California researchers tracked the girls who came into the clinics. Of the 340 girls, 91.5% were able to appropriately decide when to use the pill. Also, 92.9% of the 298 girls who eventually took the pill used the contraception correctly.
«Restricting young females' use of a
«This study confirms findings from two other studies that teens are able to understand (emergency contraception) labeling in order to use it safely and effectively," Megan Kavanaugh, a senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute in New York, told Reuters Health via email.
The study was funded by research grants from Teva ($TEVA) Women’s Health Research.
Last year, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius set off a firestorm after trumping the FDA on expanding access to the Plan B contraceptive. At issue was whether Teva’s product should be taken out from behind the pharmacists' counter, making it available outside pharmacy