Pa. college machine dispenses 'morning-after' pill

(AP) -- Students at a Pennsylvania university can obtain the "morning-after" pill from an unusual source - a vending machine at the campus health center.

The at Shippensburg University's Etter Health Center provides the emergency contraceptive along with condoms, decongestants and pregnancy tests.

Vice President for Student Affairs Roger Serr says the machine was installed after a request from the student association and a survey found 85 percent of student respondents supported it.

Plan B is available without a prescription to anyone 17 or older.

The drug isn't covered or subsidized by the school. Instead it is supplied for $25, the school's cost to the pharmaceutical company and less than at off-campus pharmacies.

Shippensburg is a public school of about 8,300 students about halfway between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

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