Generic Plan B Approved by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic version of the emergency contraceptive Plan B (levonorgestrel) tablets, June 24, according to an FDA press release.

Plan B was first approved in 1999 for prescription use only for women of all ages. In 2006, Plan B was approved for nonprescription use for women ages 18 and older. This most recent FDA approval allows marketing of a prescription-only generic product for women ages 17 and under.

Plan B is manufactured by Duramed Pharmaceuticals Inc., of Cincinnati and reported with HCPCS Level II code J7302 Levonorgestrel IU contraceptive. The generic levonorgestrel 0.75 mg tablets are made by Watson Laboratories Inc., based in Corona, Calif.

Generic levonorgestrel will be available for nonprescription use in women ages 18 and older after Aug. 24, when the marketing exclusivity held by Duramed for the nonprescription use expires.

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3 Responses to “Generic Plan B Approved by FDA”

  1. Melanie Witt says:

    I think you need to revise the wording in the 3rd paragraph. J7302 is for an IUD, not the code that would be used for the tablets which currently have no J code.

  2. Gaby says:

    what is the correct code to be use for plan B pill?

  3. Keri says:

    I did a lot of research trying to find a HCPCS code for the “Plan B” Pills and finally found some information on public.health.oregon.gov where it was suggesting the use of HCPCS code S4993 – “Contraceptive pills for birth control” with a modifier -FP “Service provided as part of family planning program.” Now I am not positive that this is the code to use, however, I know that there is no code designated for the Plan B Pill as of yet and the code mentioned above, J7302 is indeed for an IUD and would not be appropriate….

    If anyone has any other information regarding a better code to use, please share!

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