Man, I love the FDA...
- 04-22-2009, 05:51 PM
Man, I love the FDA...
They take away our supps and then do this...
Official: FDA to Approve Plan B for 17-Year-Olds
An official said the agency will announce that it is complying with a federal judge's order that overturns a Bush administration policy.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The Food and Drug Administration, reversing field, will now let 17-year-olds get the 'morning-after' birth control pill without a doctor's prescription, a government health official said Wednesday.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the agency will announce that it is complying with a federal judge's order that overturns a Bush administration policy. The official was not authorized to speak publicly before the FDA announcement, expected later Wednesday.
Last month, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ruled in a New York lawsuit that Bush administration appointees let politics, not science, drive their decision to allow over-the-counter access to these pills only for women 18 and older. Korman ordered the agency to let 17-year-olds get the medication, and separately to evaluate whether all age restrictions should be lifted.
Plan B is emergency contraception that contains a high dose of birth control drugs and will not interfere with an established pregnancy. Religious conservatives say it's the equivalent of an abortion pill because it can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus.
The battle over access to Plan B has dragged on for the better part of a decade, through the tenure of three FDA commissioners. Among many in the medical community, it came to symbolize the decline of science at the agency. Top FDA managers refused to go along with the recommendations of scientific staff and outside advisers that the drug be made available over-the-counter with no age restrictions.
"The FDA got caught up in a saga, it got caught up in a drama," said Susan Wood, who served as the agency's top women's health official and resigned in 2005 over delays in issuing a decision. "This issue served as a clear example of the agency being taken off track, and it highlighted the problems FDA was facing in many other areas."
If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, Plan B can reduce a woman's chances of pregnancy by as much as 89 percent. It contains a high dose of birth control drugs and works by preventing ovulation, fertilization, or the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus.
If a woman is already pregnant, Plan B has no effect.
However, social conservatives say that since it can prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg, Plan B is the equivalent of an abortion pill.
The treatment consists of two pills and sells for about $35 to $60. Women must ask for Plan B at the pharmacy counter, and show identification with their date of birth. The drug is made by a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, an Israeli company. It does not prevent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.
Supporters of broader access argued that Plan B was safe and effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy, and could also help reduce the number of abortions.
Opponents, including prominent conservatives, countered that it would encourage promiscuity, and might even become a tool for criminals running prostitution rings, as well as for sexual predators.
Early in the Bush administration, more than 60 organizations petitioned the FDA to allow sales without a prescription. But according to court documents, the issue quickly became politicized.
In 2003, a panel of outside advisers voted 23 to 4 to recommend over-the-counter sales without age restrictions. But top FDA officials told their subordinates that no approval could be issued at the time, and the decision would be made at a higher level. That's considered highly unusual, since the FDA usually has the last word on drug decisions.
In his ruling, Judge Korman said that FDA staffers were told the White House had been involved in the decision on Plan B. The government said in court papers that politics played no role.
In 2005, the Center for Reproductive Rights and other organizations sued in federal court to force an FDA decision.
The following year, the FDA allowed Plan B to be sold without a prescription to adults. But the controversy raged on over access for teens.
- 04-22-2009, 05:55 PM
Wow. There is so much to be said about this I would have no clue where to begin. But, stuff like this kills me when they turn around a ban our supps, like you mentioned.
- 04-22-2009, 05:55 PM
04-22-2009, 05:58 PM
Not to mention this will just lead to more unprotected sex, leading to more STDs, leading to more deaths, abortions, etc.
04-22-2009, 07:54 PM
04-22-2009, 08:06 PM
The new FDA approve Slut Line of products! You will never have yo close your legs again!
What you want some vitamin B6 for your health? Screw you! Dont get sad, go find a girl using some of our new Slut Line products!
04-22-2009, 08:18 PM
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04-22-2009, 08:52 PM
...not to mention the kids that get weekend money from their parents. That's another issue; these parents aren't told about this. What's stopping their kids from spending the money on Plan B?
04-22-2009, 08:57 PM
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04-22-2009, 10:43 PM
We are missing one major point. I know alot of people who are <poverty (hell be included ATM) who can spend hundreds a month on drugs and alcohol...when they want something.....they have ways of getting it.
04-23-2009, 10:08 AM
Yeah, but I think we're talking about 17 year olds here... Not saying they are the brightest, but you would think they'd be smart enough to invest in cheaper types of birth control instead of this...
I just don't see 17 year olds rampantly having more unprotected sex just because of the availability of this expensive drug. I doubt they will have any more than they are already having...
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04-23-2009, 12:18 PM
child: dad how r babies made?
me: well son, this one is complicated. see, normally a women gets pregnant with a child through what is called vaginal intercourse. now you are a special case. you are what we call an "anal baby", the first ever. what happened was mommy had her monthly visitor which turns her into an absolute bitch, and daddy had a little too much to drink. so he figured since one hole was broken, she had another one...to make a long story short...mommy couldn't eat solid foods for a while...
04-23-2009, 12:27 PM
04-23-2009, 12:30 PM
Ive boughten plan b 2 times in my life, and Im thankful for it. Yeah i was 21+ both times but if not, Id have some kid w/ some crazy bitch.
Maybe kids will have more sex, but remember sh1t happens
Serious Nutrition Solutions
04-23-2009, 01:31 PM
"WTF? How!?" You probably are saying...
Well, allow me to become quite graphic for a moment
*you've been warned*
Suppose a man ejaculates during anal sex with a woman. Well, as with vaginal intercourse, it's likely that there will be some "leakage" of the man's semen after the fact, if the woman doesn't take care to clean up.
Say some of this trickles down to other parts....
I'll be here all night folks
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