Local pharmacist says 15 is "too young" to get Plan-B - WRBL

Local pharmacist says 15 is "too young" to get Plan-B

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Terry Hurley, Dinglewood Pharmacy Owner Terry Hurley, Dinglewood Pharmacy Owner
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The Food and Drug Administration has announced it is lowering the age to buy a controversial morning-after pill without a prescription.

Now anyone with identification proving they're at least 15-years-old will be able to purchase Plan B-One Step, or the morning after pill, over the counter.  Up until now, anyone under 17 needed a prescription.

Plan B does not end a pregnancy. It prevents ovulation if taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex.

The decision has sparked some mixed reaction from parents, religious organizations and pharmacists across the nation. Here at home, the decision has fueled a similar response.

Terry Hurley owns Dinglewood Pharmacy in Columbus. He said he has had Plan B-One Step on his shelves for the past three years, with no problems. But he said now that the minimum age to buy the pill without a prescription is 15, it's making him think again.

"I'm old. I guess I'm old. You know, I have raised all girls my self and I guess I let my personal feelings get involved in my professional feelings," said Hurley.

Hurley is not alone. Social media across the country as well as locally was flooded with comments against the controversial decision.

But Planned Parenthood remained in favor of the decision, saying the ruling could potentially reduce the number of teen pregnancies in the United States.

Hurley said for him, the main problem is not what the pill does, but how to verify the customer's age.

"We have to get positive identification. How do you id a 15 year old? You know, they don't have any documentation, unless their mother and father drags them down here to vouch for them and that kind of defeats the purpose really," said Hurley.

The FDA said the pill's packaging will read, "proof of age required," "not for sale if age cannot be verified."

News 3 also spoke to the Executive Director of the Sound Choices Pregnancy Clinic in Columbus. She said she does not support the Federal Court's decision. She said it shows the duplicity of the American culture, saying students often need parental permission to get an Aspirin at school, but the government is allowing 15-year-olds access to the morning after pill.

Earlier this month a Federal Judge ruled the FDA must make the pill available to anyone regardless of age. A final decision in that case is expected in the near future.

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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