Margaret Munzer Loeb
This video recognizes the visionaries behind Plan B One-Step®: Sharon Camp, who pioneered this emergency contraceptive product and even founded a pharmaceutical company to bring it to market, and Teva Women's Health, which not only stands behind the current product but pushed the FDA to increase access by making it available over-the-counter for all ages.
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Plan B One-Step® made headlines in late 2011 after HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s unprecedented move to override the FDA’s decision to make this safe, effective emergency contraceptive available over the counter to women of all ages. The journey for this back-up birth control method began in 1997, when Sharon Camp and a dedicated group of women’s health advocates founded Women’s Capital Corporation for the sole purpose of bringing it to market in the U.S.
In the decade that followed, the FDA approved prescription Plan B® (1999) and allowed it to be sold “behind the counter” to those 18 and older (2006) and then the evolution to Plan B One-Step® (2009) – but not without politically motivated delays and controversy along the way. Despite these challenges, Teva Women’s Health kept pursuing unrestricted access. Today Teva Women’s Health continues to champion its long-standing efforts to not only improve access to and reduce misperceptions about Plan B One-Step® but to also work with the healthcare community to reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy in the U.S.