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U.S. Drug Agency Ignored Contraceptive Court Order, Lawyer Says

December 14, 2011

Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama Administration should be held in contempt for long ignoring a federal judge’s order concerning emergency contraceptive Plan B, a lawyer for the Center for Reproductive Rights argued at a hearing.

In 2009, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn, New York, told the Food and Drug Administration 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 yesterday after today’s hearing on the contempt motion was already scheduled.

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