Statement on FDA Approval of OTC Emergency Contraception
May 1, 2013Washington, DC -- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) welcomes the FDA’s approval of Plan B One-Step® emergency contraception (EC) for availability without a prescription to adolescent girls ages 15 and older. Although this action improves the accessibility of EC, The College reaffirms its position that EC should be available over-the-counter (OTC) without any age restriction. Additionally, it is unclear how 15-year-olds will be able to prove age without a government ID. The medical evidence demonstrates that EC is safe and effective in preventing pregnancy for all reproductive-age females. The College strongly encourages the FDA to reaffirm its earlier decision to approve EC for unrestricted OTC access.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 57,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org