Plan B


FDA approves Plan B pill changes

Some nonprescription sales of morning-after pill allowed


Friday, August 25, 2006


of The Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Women can buy the morning-after pill without a prescription, the government declared Thursday, a major step that nevertheless failed to quell the politically charged debate over access to emergency contraception.
The manufacturer, lawmakers and other advocates said they will press the government to let minors purchase the pills over the counter.

The Food and Drug Administration said women 18 and older - and men purchasing for their partners - may buy the Plan B pills without a doctor's note, but only from pharmacies.

Girls 17 and younger still will need a prescription to buy the pills, the FDA told manufacturer Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., in ruling on an application filed in 2003.

The compromise decision is a partial victory for women's advocacy and medical groups, which say easier access could halve the nation's 3 million annual unplanned pregnancies.

"While we are glad to know the FDA finally ended its foot-dragging on this issue, Planned Parenthood is troubled by the scientifically baseless restriction imposed on teenagers. The U.S. has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the Western world - anything that makes it harder for teenagers to avoid unintended pregnancy is bad medicine and bad public policy," president Cecile Richards said.

Opponents contend that non-

Would you purchase it for a 17 year old you knew?
Please move this to the appropriate place.
Thank you for moving this. I' m unfamiliar with the mechanics of the site.
I crindge at the thought of doing so, but in an emergency I probably would buy it for my daughter.
I have to agree.
There is no safety risk in offering it OTC so I have no problem with this.
To say that there is no safety risk in Plan B is not correct. There is a safety risk in ANY drug and hormonal therapy is no exception. As with regular birth control, there is a risk of clotting problems with the use of Plan B. Also, we do not yet know of risks associated with repeated use of Plan B. Inevitably, having this as an over the counter agent means that some people will use it on a regular basis because it is classed as "safe" and cumulative effects have not yet been clarified.

Admittedly, Plan B is preferable to abortion, and is likely much safer than abortion. But we are only now discovering some of the long term effects such as increased cancer risk related to other hormonal therapies, and in ten years of Plan B use, we may find that there are inherent long term effects to it.

But we are only now discovering some of the long term effects such as increased cancer risk related to other hormonal therapies, and in ten years of Plan B use, we may find that there are inherent long term effects to it.

My observation here would be that it's not taken on a daily basis (for the norm), so the harm would be nil to none.
Many Many people do NOT use over the counter drugs as is recommended or as is safe. While Plan B is meant to be used as a one off emergency drug, it inevitably will be used by some women on a regular basis. Some women may also use it in the wrong situation, eg to try to induce an abortion when they are all ready pregnant.

And even one time of any drug may lead to complications and side effects. There are clotting risks to the regular pill, and Plan B is a sudden use of a much higher dose of hormones. As it is being promoted as a safe drug, many people wont read the small print listing conditions in which you shouldnt take it. It will take some years of use to tabulate the physical consequences.

We also dont know yet if it could lead to increased sexually transmitted diseases. Will more women have unprotected intercourse knowing that they can take Plan B in the morning?
I'm always interested in the mischief angle to this. Especially when the pill becomes more easily available. What would happen if a malcontent disguised and slipped one of these pills to a recently pregnant woman over a period of several days? It is the morning after pill but does the pill still kick in if given daily over a short period of time?
Ah, Tamarin, what are you up to?

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