FDA Eyes "Plan B" Vending

Published 02/09 2012 11:50AM

Updated 02/09 2012 12:01PM

The Food and Drug administration is gathering information after learning that a vending machine at a Pennsylvania college has been dispensing the Plan-B contraceptives, also known as the "morning after" pill.

Plan B can prevent pregnancy if taken soon after sexual intercourse. It is legal, without a prescription, to anyone over 17 years old, but has to be kept behind the counter at a pharmacy.

At Shippensburg University it's kept in a vending machine. The school says access to the vending machine isn't simple.

To get to that vending machine you have to go into the health center and present a student ID. The pill is sold for $25 dollars, cash only.

The university has offered students the pills for two years now, but the FDA just found out. The agency says it is gathering the facts and contacting state and university authorities.

University leaders refused on-camera interviews, but say all of the full time students here are older than 17, and therefore old enough to get the pill without a prescription.

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