Statement of the Society for Adolescent Medicine on Plan B
Thursday, August 24, 2006 5:52 PM
The Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) is pleased that the FDA has made a decision to allow over-the-counter (OTC) sales of Plan B, a post-coital contraceptive often referred to as emergency contraception, to women 18 years old and older. However, consistent with the Society's Position Paper, "Provision of Emergency Contraception to Adolescents" (J Adol Health, 35:66-70,2004), the Society believes that requiring adolescents age 17 and younger to obtain a prescription is not good policy: it increases the risk of unintended pregnancies and childbearing among adolescents and does not protect their health. Adequate information is available about the safety of Plan B for sexually active women and adolescents of all ages. Therefore, Plan B should be available to all sexually active women and adolescents, regardless of their age. Avoidance of unintended pregnancies is an admirable goal, especially in adolescents, who should have access to Plan B on the same basis as young adults.
SAM's position paper may be found either in JAH as referenced above or on the SAM Web Site at http://www.adolescenthealth.org/PositionPaper_Emergency_Contraception.pdf . Should you have questions regarding the above Statement on Plan B, please contact either Robert T. Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or Abigail English at email@example.com.