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Teva gets exclusivity on Plan B contraceptive

Firm is only one allowed to sell to younger teens

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted exclusive rights to Teva Pharmaceuticals to put its Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive on drugstore shelves without any age restrictions for the next three years.

The decision late Monday night means the brand-name product will be the only version available to younger teenagers, and the price — about $50 for a one-pill dose — is unlikely to drop until 2016. Critics of the decision said that will make the drug unaffordable for many teens.

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