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FDA Won’t Be Held in Contempt Over Plan B Order, Judge Rules

A federal judge said that he won’t hold the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in contempt for ignoring his 2 1/2-year-old order concerning emergency contraceptive Plan B and that he will review an agency ruling on the drug.

In 2009, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn, New York, told the FDA to reconsider whether Plan B and related generic drugs should be available without a prescription to girls under age 17. The FDA issued its ruling against such a change yesterday after today’s hearing on a contempt motion was already scheduled.