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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Morning-after drug must be sold over counter to all, judge orders

Consumers may soon find Plan B emergency contraception on supermarket and drugstore shelves next to condoms, tampons, and pregnancy tests after a federal judge ruled Friday that the product must be made available for purchase over the counter, without any age restrictions.

In a 59-page decision, US District Judge Edward Korman of New York criticized the Obama administration for making an “obviously political” decision to keep teens age 16 and under from purchasing the product without a prescription even though it’s currently “among the safest drugs sold over-the-counter.”

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