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Agency overrules FDA, says no to teens getting morning-after pill without prescription
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Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services overrules the Food and Drug Administration, saying no to younger teens having access to the morning-after pill without a prescription.

Teva Pharmaceuticals wants its Plan B morning-after pill to become the first truly over-the-counter form of emergency contraception. The pill can prevent pregnancy if taken soon after unprotected sex. Currently, women 17 and older can buy it without a prescription if they show a pharmacist proof of age. Younger teens need a prescription.

Doctors' and women's health groups have long argued that the pill is safe even for younger teens and that lifting the age restriction would increase access for everyone. The nearly decade-long over-the-counter push even wound up in federal court, where a judge in 2009 ordered the Food and Drug Administration to consider lifting the age limit.

Teva formally made that request for its Plan B One-Step in February, and the FDA's deadline to decide is Wednesday. If the FDA agrees, Plan B One-Step could be moved from behind the counter to sell on drugstore shelves.

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  -Agency overrules FDA, says no to teens getting morning-after pill without prescription Freddie Stubbs  Dec-07-11 11:58 AM   #0 
  - Um, Kathleen? That shit ain't cool. Fix it. n/t  Lance_Boyle   Dec-07-11 12:02 PM   #1 
  - Do you think that she made this decision without consulting her boss?  Freddie Stubbs   Dec-07-11 01:39 PM   #10 
     - I would assume so, yes.  Lance_Boyle   Dec-07-11 01:45 PM   #11 
  - Well, if insurance co.s and employers want to include grandchildren  HereSince1628   Dec-07-11 12:06 PM   #2 
  - Why would we talk about abridging a woman's total authority on reproductive choice?  closeupready   Dec-08-11 12:02 PM   #35 
  - So they have a plan to release emergency prescriptions on a couple hours notice?  saras   Dec-07-11 12:13 PM   #3 
  - Morning after vs 'The Doctor can see you in 3 weeks'?  Ruby the Liberal   Dec-07-11 12:36 PM   #4 
  - ...good point. nt  Shoe Horn   Dec-07-11 12:44 PM   #6 
  - I got it illegally in the early-mid 70's. Desperation will seek it out I hate to say. Scary.  glinda   Dec-07-11 07:40 PM   #25 
  - Religious right again..  DreamSmoker   Dec-07-11 12:39 PM   #5 
  - that's quite a rant over a whole lotta stuff that wasnt in the article  leftyohiolib   Dec-07-11 12:52 PM   #8 
  - Isn't Obama supposed to have a meeting  atreides1   Dec-07-11 03:11 PM   #14 
     - He already met with them:  Freddie Stubbs   Dec-07-11 03:19 PM   #15 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-07-11 03:00 PM   #13 
  - I think they should lower the age...  Shoe Horn   Dec-07-11 12:46 PM   #7 
  - Like Bush, Obama administration overruled FDA recommendation on this (N/T)  thesquanderer   Dec-07-11 01:04 PM   #9 
  - A Statement by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius  ProSense   Dec-07-11 02:34 PM   #12 
  - Contrast with Statement from FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D.  suffragette   Dec-07-11 05:14 PM   #21 
     - A summary of the difference:  ieoeja   Dec-08-11 11:07 AM   #31 
        - Exactly. It's a political overruling of science experts and it is completely inappropriate  suffragette   Dec-08-11 11:52 AM   #33 
  - Health Secretary Overrules F.D.A. on Sale of Morning-After Pill  musette_sf   Dec-07-11 03:21 PM   #16 
  - What?  earthside   Dec-07-11 03:21 PM   #17 
  - The UCCSB is fighting the HHS contraceptive mandate tooth and nail.  musette_sf   Dec-07-11 03:21 PM   #18 
  - Yes they are celibate  atreides1   Dec-07-11 03:21 PM   #19 
  - My take on this  Seedersandleechers   Dec-07-11 03:21 PM   #20 
     - I was wondering if this was the concern. How often can the pill be taken?  hedgehog   Dec-07-11 05:18 PM   #22 
     - at the doses you need to take for effect  Seedersandleechers   Dec-07-11 11:03 PM   #28 
     - Think there is some truth in what you are saying. Still needs to be accessible.  glinda   Dec-07-11 07:42 PM   #26 
        - I agree, but as a nurse I can understand her concern.  Seedersandleechers   Dec-07-11 11:04 PM   #29 
  - Another great Obama appointment, eh?  kath   Dec-07-11 05:31 PM   #23 
  - If it's legal for 15 and 16 yos to have sex  alp227   Dec-07-11 06:57 PM   #24 
  - If that were true, why haven't the courts struck down parental notification laws for abortions?  Freddie Stubbs   Dec-08-11 10:18 AM   #30 
  - Not surprising with US politics being so theocratic.  PSPS   Dec-07-11 08:23 PM   #27 
  - So....Sebelius knows better than the experts?  Avalux   Dec-08-11 11:23 AM   #32 
  - Sebelius showing her true DLC colors.  closeupready   Dec-08-11 12:00 PM   #34 
  - Medical Groups Denounce HHS Decision / Obama supports it  suffragette   Dec-08-11 12:08 PM   #36 

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