Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Coming Soon: Generic Plan B

Last Wednesday, the FDA approved a generic version of Plan B, a form of emergency contraception that prevents ovulation and fertilization by thickening a woman’s cervical mucus. The generic version, which will be marketed as Next Choice, will only be available to women 17 or younger by prescription until August 24, when it will be made available to women 18 or older without a prescription as well.

This is significant for consumers in that generic drugs can be anywhere from 30-80% cheaper than the original medication. Any move that broadens the availability of emergency contraception is commendable, especially in these times of financial crisis.

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