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FDA approves "Plan B" pill for 15-year-olds

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ARDMORE, OK-- The emergency contraceptive known as the "Plan B" pill will now be sold over the counter without a prescription and to teens as young as 15.

According to the manufacturers the pill is a backup method of preventing pregnancy. Tuesday the Food and Drug Administration approved lowering the minimum age to purchase the Plan B One Step pill, from 17 to 15.

Rebecca reed owns a local pharmacy in Ardmore and said she has some concerns about the new approval.

Wanda Kemp said she thinks it's outrageous that teens as young as 15 will now have access to the emergency contraceptive.

"I would be upset about it because that's just like the congress or whoever approves this, giving our kids more advantage to go out there and do it, and not consider it with their parents," said Kemp.

Rebecca Reed owns a local pharmacy in Ardmore and said she has some concerns about the new approval.

"One of the things that are a big concern of mine as a pharmacist is that this pill is also a medication, it is a medication that has been a prescription only and it does have side effects," said Reed.

Reed said she hopes customers will at least stop and ask questions before buying Plan B.

With the approval from the FDA, the pill could now sit on the shelves next to condoms and other feminine products.

Several people we spoke with say Plan B shouldn't be allowed and that the FDA's decision sends a message to teens that it's ok to be sexually active. Others believe that the FDA is working in the best interest of the community.   

"I just feel like if it was a medical danger to someone's health I don't think that it would be approved."