FDA won't regulate Shippensburg birth control machine


SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) (AP)ong> - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration won't take any regulatory action over a vending machine at Shippensburg University that dispenses so-called "morning-after" birth control pills.

FDA spokeswoman Erica Jefferson said in a statement Friday that they looked at publicly available information about the school’s vending program, spoke with university and campus health officials, and decided not to take any regulatory actions.

The pill is available for $25 at a health center vending machine that's accessible to students and university employees. That raised questions about how accessible emergency contraception should be.

The vending machine at the school, which has about 8,300 students, provides the Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive along with condoms, decongestants and pregnancy tests.