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Health Secretary Rejects Plan That Would Make Plan B Widely Available to Consumers

As the FDA prepared to make Plan B more readily available by lifting the age limit and making it the nation’s first over-the-counter emergency contraceptive, the nation’s health secretary shocked many yesterday by restricting such changes.
 
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius effectively stopped Plan B from moving on to drugstore shelves near other contraceptives.  Instead, the same regulations will continue to apply to the contraceptive- it will be available without a prescription for those who are 17 and older who provide proper ID documenting their age.
 
Sebelius said in a statement: “It is common knowledge that there are significant cognitive and behavioral differences between older adolescent girls and the youngest girls of reproductive age. I do not believe enough data were presented to support the application to make Plan B One-Step available over-the-counter for all girls of reproductive age.” 

Lauryn is a senior at Northeastern University majoring in journalism. She has written for Boston.com as well as the HC branch at Northeastern. Lauryn is also a teaching assistant for International Affairs students at Northeastern. In May and June of 2011, she embarked on a reporting trip to the Middle East, where she mastered the art of "man on the street" reporting and gained a new appreciation for falafel. In her spare time, Lauryn enjoys writing, walking around Boston aimlessly, traveling and a unhealthy obsession with her Kindle. She loves eating, French bulldogs and Anderson Cooper. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in foreign correspondence or magazine journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @laurynpaiva.
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