NEW DELHI, September 2, 2005 ( – Indian health officials gave the go-ahead for sales of the abortifacient morning-after pill without a prescription there Wednesday.

Although no official announcement was made to the public, manufacturers were contacted by the office of the Drugs Controller of India about the change. The pills are sold in India under the generic names of “No-preg” and “72-pills,” because the abortifacient must be taken within 72 hours of intercourse.