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Health Agencies Update
January 25, 2012

Plan B Overruled

JAMA. 2012;307(4):351. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.5

In an unprecedented move, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has overruled an decision by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step to females younger than 17 years, sparking criticism that the move was politically motivated. The product is currently available only by prescription to this group.