NORTH WALES, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Teva Women’s Health, the U.S subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceuticals, today announced that the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step® (levonorgestrel) tablet 1.5 mg is now widely available in the aisles of major retailers nationwide with no age or point-of-sale restrictions. Plan B One-Step® is the first emergency contraceptive to be available for over-the-counter sale to all consumers.
“Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Plan B One-Step® with no age or point-of-sale restrictions on June 20, we have worked tirelessly to bring the product to market for all consumers as soon as possible,” said Martin Berndt, Vice President & General Manager, U.S. Brand Pharmaceuticals, Teva Women’s Health, Inc. “The availability of Plan B One-Step® in the aisles of retailers nationwide ensures improved access to a product that has been clinically evaluated and is a safe and effective back-up birth control method for women of all reproductive ages.”
Despite the many highly effective birth control options available, none are 100 percent effective at preventing pregnancy and inconsistent or incorrect use can more than double the failure rate of many birth control options. In fact, one survey found almost one-half of the women who used emergency contraception reported fear of birth control failure as a reason for use. With Plan B One-Step® available nationwide, women of all ages can be in control of their reproductive health by taking an additional step to prevent an unintended pregnancy after contraceptive failure or unprotected sex.
“Emergency contraception gives women a last chance to prevent pregnancy after birth control failure or unprotected sex,” said Jill DeSimone, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Teva Global Women's Health. “Women have faced challenges to obtaining emergency contraception for far too long, and the availability of Plan B One-Step® in the aisle for all consumers is a historic step forward.”
Teva is committed to ensuring Plan B One-Step® is available to all women who need it. As such, the price of Plan B One-Step® to wholesale and retail outlets will remain unchanged as it transitions over-the-counter. In addition to now being available in aisle, Plan B One-Step® will also continue to be sold to hospitals and health clinics at a subsidized price for women who may not otherwise be able to afford it.
“As a leader in women’s health, Teva is committed to supporting and empowering women by providing access to Plan B One-Step® when they need it,” continued DeSimone. “Teva remains committed to ongoing consumer education on Plan B One-Step® and will continue to work closely on education initiatives in partnership with healthcare professionals.”
Consumers can learn more about Plan B One-Step® by visiting www.PlanBOneStep.com, where they can get reliable information about what the product is and is not, when it should be taken, as well as review answers to frequently asked questions. Consumers can also speak live with a healthcare professional by calling a toll-free hotline (1-800-330-1271).
About Plan B One-Step®
Plan B One-Step® is a progestin-only emergency contraceptive that can help prevent pregnancy after birth control failure or unprotected sex. When taken within 72 hours (three days) after birth control failure or unprotected sex, Plan B One-Step® can help prevent a pregnancy from occurring in about seven of eight women who would have become pregnant otherwise. Plan B One-Step® is not an abortifacient and will not harm an existing pregnancy. Plan B One-Step® is a back-up method of preventing pregnancy, but it isn’t regular birth control and should not be used that way, as it is not as effective as regular birth control methods used correctly. For additional information, visit www.PlanBOneStep.com.
Plan B One-Step® (levonorgestrel) is intended to prevent pregnancy after known or suspected birth control failure or unprotected sex.
About Teva Women’s Health, Inc.
Teva Women’s Health, Inc. is a U.S.-based subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel. The company produces a wide range of women’s healthcare products including oral contraceptives, intrauterine contraception and hormone therapy treatments for menopause and perimenopause. Teva Women’s Health, Inc. maintains a strong commitment to enhancing women’s lives by actively pursuing new areas of research and providing distinct pharmaceutical options that meet women’s needs and fit their lifestyles. Through close engagement with women and healthcare providers, the company maintains an in-depth understanding of the important health matters that affect women.
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