NEW YORK, June 5 The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration on Wednesday won a temporary halt to part of a
court order directing it to make emergency contraception
available to girls over the counter.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the
FDA need not provide over-the-counter access to one-pill
variants of emergency contraceptives while the agency appeals
the April 5 order by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in
Brooklyn, New York.
However, the appeals court refused to halt the part of the
order requiring access to two-pill variants, saying the FDA did
not meet the standard necessary for a stay.
Korman had ordered the FDA to lift age and point-of-access
limits on emergency contraception, known as the "morning-after"
pill or "Plan B," that helps prevent unwanted pregnancies.
The 2nd Circuit said it will hear the FDA's appeal on an