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PRESS STATEMENT: Medical Association Applauds Today's FDA Approval of Single-Dose Emergency Contraception

Important Action Expands Contraceptive Options For US Women and Can Help Reduce Unintended Pregnancy Rates

For Immediate Release
July 13,  2009

On behalf of the more than 11,000 members of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), ARHP applauds the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Plan B One Step ® , a new emergency contraception regimen. The approval of Plan B One Step is an important action that can help reduce barriers to emergency contraception by increasing women’s options to pregnancy prevention methods in the US. Plan B ® was originally approved for a two-pill regimen, the first taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, and the second 12 hours later. Plan B One Step also needs to be taken within 72 hours, and reports similar levels of efficacy as the original. Plan B One Step is available over-the-counter for consumers over the age of 17, and by prescription for women under the age of 17.

Previous studies had shown that emergency contraception was effective in a one pill dose, and that emergency contraception can be effective if taken up to 120 hours after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. Wayne Shields, ARHP’s president and CEO, stated that “ARHP applauds the FDA’s decision to approve Plan B One Step. We encourage the FDA to further reduce women’s barriers to access by expanding the approved timeframe in which women can take emergency contraception to 120 hours, and by making EC available over-the-counter to women of all ages.”  


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