posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 08:15 AM
Playing politics with women's health is criminal. The impending lawsuit filed against by the FDA by the Center for Reproductive Rights will show
There is also no way that the FDA can keep this from becoming non-prescription. There is no argument from even the FDA that Plan B is safe and will
cause no serious side effects. Every major medical organization in the country supports non-prescription use.
The concern is if it is misued by teenagers, resulting in frequent use. The misuse argument is a little misleading because a teenager would have to
use Plan B virtually every day to have negative side effects, and at a cost of $15 to $25 per dose, that would be $5000 to $10,000 a year. What
teenager has that kind of money? This isn't going to be used like birth control pills--a box of condoms is much cheaper.
Considering that Tylenol has more devastating effects in a single overdose, I wonder why this logic hasn't made them remove it from the market also.
Every OTC drug will have consequences if it is misused--if the FDA was so concerned about public behavior, there wouldn't be any OTC medication
In addition, studies of Plan B in Europe show that repeated use is infrequent-- Less than 1% of 15,000 women studied in the U.K. that used Plan B
used it more than three times over a three year period.
Plan B needs to be over the counter because it's effectiveness decreases by 50% after the first 12 hours after sex, and becomes less effective with
each passing hour. Finding a doctor to write a prescription is sometimes difficult, especially over a weekend. Many women will have to go to a
clinic to get a prescription, which adds cost and time. For teens, going to a doctor will also be a deterrent because of the fear that their parents
will be called.
The morning-after pill prevents pregnancies and will reduce the number of abortions. I don't know why the FDA and the religious right (which have
become the same these days) can't see that this is a good thing.
We have been discussing this all week at