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In Reversal, FDA Opens Door To Morning-After Pill

Law360 (July 31, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A year after controversy erupted over the agency's refusal to make the morning-after pill available over-the-counter, the Food and Drug Administration unexpectedly announced Monday that it is considering allowing the drug to be sold without prescription to women over the age of 18.

Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach said in a letter to Barr Pharmaceuticals—which makes Plan B through subsidiary Duramed Pharmaceuticals Inc.—that the agency would like to meet with company officials “as soon as practicable and preferably within seven days.”

He said the...
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