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Wednesday, May 1 2013, 09:23 AM EDT
Local Pharmacies React to "Plan B" Sold Over-The-Counter
KETTERING -- Girls as young as 15 can now get the morning after pill without a prescription. The move was finalized Tuesday by the FDA.

The pill will be available on drugstore shelves just like condoms, but buyers would have to prove their age at the cash register.

Earlier this month, a federal judge had ruled there should be no age restrictions and gave the FDA 30 days to act. The FDA said its latest decision was independent of the court case.

Doctor Kindy Ghussin owns Heartland Pharmacy in Kettering and they sell the Plan-B contraceptive, better known as the morning after pill, at least once a week.
  
The emergency pill must be taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.
  
He says he has never seen any one younger than 19 come in to his store on Far Hills Avenue to buy the product. Ghussin says he'll be seeing a much younger clientele now since the FDA lowered the age to get the pill from 17 to 15.
  
The only thing pharmacists will have to do is check IDs.

"I check IDs regardless because you don't know how old someone is, so you have to be safe and check them," said Ghussin.

The previous law required girls 17 and younger to get a prescription from their doctor. With the new decision any teenager 15 or older can walk in and get Plan B over the counter.

The morning after pill can be sold during non-pharmacy hours, too.

Doctor Ghussin said by law he doesn't have to keep the pill on his shelves.

"I'm an independent so I carry what I want. As for me, I will carry it, but other independents might have a problem with it and might not carry it," he said.

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Earlier coverage:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Plan B morning-after pill is moving over-the-counter, a decision announced by the Food and Drug Administration just days before a court-imposed deadline.

Tuesday, the FDA lowered to 15 the age at which girls and women can buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription -- and said it no longer has to be kept behind pharmacy counters.

Instead, the pill can sit on drugstore shelves just like condoms, but that buyers would have to prove their age at the cash register.

Earlier this month, a federal judge had ruled there should be no age restrictions and gave the FDA 30 days to act. The FDA said its latest decision was independent of the court case.Local Pharmacies React to "Plan B" Sold Over-The-Counter

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