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One-Dose Emergency Contraceptive Approved For OTC Use

Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, RN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: August 2013 - Volume 113 - Issue 8 - pp 23,24
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000432958.11010.f6
Drug Watch

* A single-dose emergency contraceptive (containing levonorgestrel 1.5 mg) known as Plan B One-Step has been approved for over-the-counter use in all women and girls of child-bearing potential.

* The drug should be taken as soon as possible (within 72 hours) after unprotected sex or condom failure.

* The drug will be available without restrictions as to where and when it can be sold.

Diane S. Aschenbrenner recently retired from her position as course coordinator for undergraduate pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD. She also coordinates Drug Watch: daschen1@jhu.edu.

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