Health: Oops ... Time For Plan B?

Access to contraception can still cause a ruckus these days. But the effort to make the morning-after pill available as an over-the-counter drug is sailing along pretty smoothly. Two FDA advisory committees voted last week 28 to 4 to recommend that the pill known as Plan B be as easy to buy as condoms or cough syrup. Plan B is a high-dose oral contraceptive that prevents fertilization or the implantation of a fertilized egg within 72 hours after intercourse. (Unlike the drug RU 486, it cannot induce an abortion.) "The vote," says committee member James Trussell, director of Princeton's office of...

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