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Morning after pill soon available in Florida

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL -

The morning after pill will soon be available on the drug store shelf next to condoms.

The federal government decided not to fight a judge's order eliminating restrictions on access to the emergency contraceptive.

The pill, commonly sold as Plan B One-step, helps prevent pregnancy if taken within 5 days of un protected sex.

Until now, the pill was kept behind the pharmacy counter and girls under age 17 had to have a doctor's prescription to buy it.  It retails for $35 to $60.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida dispensed 7818 Plan B pills in 2012.

"Abstinence is best, but if they aren't abstinent and there is an unplanned sexual encounter, this may be something for families to talk about," said Barbara Zdravecky, President  of Planned Parenthood of SW and Central Florida.

It may take several months before the packaging labels can be changed in order for the pills to be placed on store shelves.

The morning after pill is not recommended for regular use.  It does not affect a girl who is already pregnant.

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