FDA Investigates Vending Machine For Morning-After Pills

Source: Dave Warner / Reuters / MSNBC

PHILADELPHIA — Federal authorities are investigating the use of a vending machine to dispense morning-after pills to students at a university in Pennsylvania.

The Food and Drug Administration’s probe is aimed at determining whether the vending machine at Shippensburg University is in line with a federal requirement that any female under age 17 have a prescription for the drug.

Typically, Plan B emergency contraception is kept behind the counter so a pharmacist can check ID.

The decision to use a vending machine was made after school officials determined no one enrolled at Shippensburg is younger than 17, Roger Serr, vice president for student affairs at the 8,100-student state university, said in a statement.

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