U.S. regulators on Tuesday lowered the age limit for Plan B One-Step emergency contraception, approving it for sale to women* as young as 15 and agreeing it will be available without a prescription and on store shelves instead of behind pharmacy counters, Food and Drug Administration officials announced.
The move, which grants an amended application by drugmaker Teva Women’s Health Inc., is a separate action from a federal judge’s ruling earlier this month that ordered the FDA to make the so-called “morning after pill” available to girls and women of all reproductive ages.
The Obama administration has been carrying out an unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers, particularly on those who have divulged information that relates to national security. The Espionage Act, enacted during the first World War to punish Americans who aided the enemy, had only been used three times in its history to try government officials accused of leaking classified information — until the Obama administration. Since 2009, the administration has used the act to prosecute six government officials. Meet the whistleblowers.