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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2009
Contact: Samantha Levine, 917-488-0075

FDA Approves Single Dose Emergency Contraceptive
National Institute for Reproductive Health Hails Step Forward for Women's Health

New York, NY: Plan B One-Step -- the latest innovation in emergency contraception -- has been approved today by the FDA and will be available behind the counter without a prescription for consumers 17 and older. Women younger than 17 will still require a prescription.

"This is a great day for women's reproductive health," says Kelli Conlin, President of the National Institute for Reproductive Health. "With Plan B One-Step, women can now take steps to prevent unintended pregnancy with just one pill in one dose."

Emergency Contraception (EC), also known as the "morning after pill," is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or the failure of other birth control methods. When used within 5 days (120 hours) of unprotected sex or birth control failure, EC can significantly reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy. EC is most effective when taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex or the failure of other birth control methods.

Adds Conlin, "It is critical that women have fast, easy access to this back up method of birth control. I applaud Plan B for continuing their commitment to women's reproductive health."