An update is needed for the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement, titled “Emergency Contraception” published in the December 2012 issue of Pediatrics (2012;130:1174–1182; originally published online November 26, 2012; doi:10.1542/peds.2012-2962). Because of recent changes in prescription recommendations, both males and females 17 years and older can buy levonorgestrel emergency contraceptive pills without a prescription.
The online version of the article has been corrected accordingly. The print version requires the following changes:
Abstract: the sentence that starts with “In all states…” should read: “In all states, both males and females 17 years or older can obtain emergency contraception without a prescription.”
Page 1175, second column: the third sentence beginning “Male adolescents younger than 18…” should read: “As of the date of publication, males 17 years or older can also access Plan B with or without a prescription.”
Page 1179, Recommendation 5: the last 2 sentences should be replaced with 1 sentence reading: “Both males and females 17 years or older may obtain levonorgestrel without a prescription, but must show proof of age.”
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