Justice Department to appeal judge's order on morning-after pills

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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.

In 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.

Korman had 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.

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