Plan B

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, 43 percent of all pregnancies in state are unplanned. But now that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the over the counter sale of Plan B, without a prescription, gynecologist Dr. Thomas Petroff hopes to see that number drop.

"It doesn't interrupt a pregnancy. And it's not something that leads to an abortion. It prevents a pregnancy from implanting."

The morning after pill is an emergency contraceptive. If it's taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, a woman lowers her chances of becoming pregnant by close to 90 percent. However since 1999 when it was FDA approved for prescription, there's been arguments between pro-life and pro-choice advocates. And some pharmacists have even refused to fill the drug base on moral beliefs.

Larry Wagenknecht, of the Michigan Pharmacists Association, says, "Patients have rights and so do the health professionals dispensing them. So if they're not going to be carrying the product in their pharmacy, they should assist in referring the patient to another location where they can obtain it."

Although the drug will now be over the counter, a woman must prove she's at least 18 years old in order to buy it. Those 17 and younger must still have a doctor's prescription. Manufacturer Barr Pharmaceuticals plans to start selling the drug without a prescription by the end of the year.

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