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US to keep morning-after pill restrictions

FDA is overruled on emergency pill; critics cry politics

WASHINGTON - In an unexpected turn of events, the Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that it was not going to permit the emergency contraception pill, Plan B, to be sold over the counter without any age restriction. The agency’s commissioner said she had planned to lift the age restrictions but was overruled by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

In dueling press statements, the two Obama administration appointees said they came to opposite conclusions about the safety of making Plan B available to girls under age 17.

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