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FDA to meet with morning-after pill maker

Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. and the Food and Drug Administration are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the company’s bid to sell its morning-after contraceptive Plan B without a prescription, the agency said.
/ Source: Reuters

Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. and the Food and Drug Administration are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the company’s bid to sell its morning-after contraceptive Plan B without a prescription, the agency said Wednesday.

“The FDA and Barr Labs will meet on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. to discuss the letter we sent to the company” earlier this week, agency spokeswoman Susan Bro said.

In a letter to Barr Monday, the FDA said it was taking a new look at proposed sales of Plan B without a prescription. The agency said the pills would be kept behind pharmacy counters and women would need to ask for them. Women younger than 18 still would need a prescription.

The FDA added it that it hoped to wrap up Barr’s application, which has lingered at the agency since 2003, within weeks.

The pending decision over Plan B — a set of two pills that can prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse — has been controversial, with supporters and critics alike relentlessly lobbying the FDA. It has also held up confirmation of an FDA chief.