Posts Tagged FDA

Pharmacists routinely misinform young women about whether they can get emergency contraception

On the heels of the outrageous, unprecedented HHS decision to overrule the FDA’s recommendation to make Plan B fully available without a prescription comes a new study revealing just how inaccessible emergency contraception is–even for those women who theoretically already have over-the-counter access.

Researchers posing as 17-year-old women called pharmacies around the country to ask about getting EC. First off, nearly 20% of the callers were told straight-up that they couldn’t get EC that day–whether because it wasn’t in stock or they didn’t want to give it out or maybe the person who answered the phone hadn’t been trained yet. Regardless, tough luck for the caller who’d really, really like to try to avoid getting pregnant ASAP. ...

Breaking: FDA may approve EC to be sold on drugstore shelves

Via our very own Jessica Valenti comes the news that the Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce tomorrow that it will approve making Plan B (the brand name for emergency contraception or the morning after pill) available for purchase on drugstore shelves.  I think I join a lot of my colleagues in the reproductive justice community in saying that we’re all waiting with bated breath to make sure this optimistic prediction comes true!

From Jess:

The President & CEO of Reproductive Health Technologies Project says “While FDA has toyed with women’s health before, all signs point to them doing the right thing at last and letting the science dictate their ...

Via our very own Jessica Valenti comes the news that the Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce tomorrow that it will approve making Plan B (the brand name for ...

Center for Reproductive Rights takes the FDA to court for EC restrictions

Good to see them take action on this. The Center for Reproductive Rights is taking the FDA to court today for ignoring a court order to reconsider their age restrictions and allow emergency contraception to be sold over-the-counter to all ages:

At the start of his administration, President Obama declared that politics would no longer play a role in U.S. science policy, stating, “we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.” And soon after FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg was confirmed, she told reporters that it was her mantra to make FDA’s decisions more “science-based.”

So in March 2009, when the court ruled that the FDA acted in “bad faith and in ...

Good to see them take action on this. The Center for Reproductive Rights is taking the FDA to court today for ignoring a court order to reconsider their age restrictions and allow emergency ...

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