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WASHINGTON (AP/CBS Charlotte) — The Plan B morning-after pill is moving over-the-counter, a decision announced by the Food and Drug Administration just days before a court-imposed deadline.

On Tuesday, the FDA decided that girls who are 15-years-old and older can purchase the emergency contraceptive without a prescription  — and said it no longer has to be kept behind pharmacy counters.

(Related: The Morning-After Pill May Soon Be Available To Women Of All Ages, Without An RX)

Instead, the pill can sit on drugstore shelves just like condoms, but that buyers would have to prove their age at the cash register.

Earlier this month, a federal judge had ruled there should be no age restrictions and gave the FDA 30 days to act. The FDA said its latest decision was independent of the court case.

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