The FDA is now recondiering an over the counter form of the 'morning after pill' classified as an "emergency contraceptive". In order to be approved, the FDA expects Barr Phramesidcals to supply a "sufficiently rigorous" plan for keeping the drug out of the hands of individuals under the age of 18.
If taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex, the pill can reduce the risk of pregnancy by 89% by delivering a high-dose of a common birth control ingredient. Researchers and controception advocades predict that the availability of such a drug could reduce the 3 million annual unplanned pregnancies to 1.4 million.
It is interesting to note that the FDA cited public comments as the reason for the reversal of their decision to postpone a decision on the pill indefinitely.