The Justice Department said late Wednesday that it is appealing a
U.S. judge's order that lifted all age limits on buying the Plan B
morning-after birth control pill and a generic without a prescription.
a letter to District Judge Edward Korman of New York, the U.S. Attorney
Loretta Lynch told the judge he had exceeded his authority and asked
that his April 5 decision be suspended immediately.
given the FDA until May 5 to lift all age limits on Plan B and the
cheaper generic, made by Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. He
ordered that the emergency contraceptives should be sold over the
counter, like aspirin.
On Tuesday, the FDA announced that anyone
15 or older could begin buying one brand, Plan B One-Step, without a
prescription. The age limit had been 17.