BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The government announced it will drop its fight to keep the morning-after pill off the shelves. A U.S. District court judge sent down the ruling-- the emergency contraceptive would be available over the counter without any age restriction and without a prescription.
The emergency contraceptive also known as the morning after pill prevents a pregnancy. There are two versions, the one pill option or the two pill option.
The ruling would allow girls 15 and older to get the one dose pill, but the two dose version would remain for girls 17 and older. The Justice Department found the one dose version provides users with clear directions for safe and effective use.
Pharmacist Lesley Ohmart said, "It's not for routine use, it's only for emergency use...I really don't think that this is something people will use routinely because the side effects profile."
The possible side effects include excessive bleeding, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and dizziness.
Ohmart said the females that purchase the Plan-B pill need to know more about the pill and how to effectively use it.
"The bottom line is these people are highly motivated to seek out this type of assistance in the situation they find themselves in," said Ohmart.
According to the longtime pharmacist, the emergency contraceptive carries the same risks as taking a daily contraceptive.
The pills will range anywhere from $10 to $70 depending on where the purchase is made.