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FDA reviewing controversial request regarding Plan B

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 12:41 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

By Ron Schott/The Vandalia Leader

Every month, the Food and Drug Administration reviews several types of medications and requests companies want reviewed for the FDA’s blessing before items hit the shelves at local pharmacies.

One of the most recent requests involves putting the morning-after pill on drugstore and supermarket shelves with an eliminated age restriction.

Plan B is already available in pharmacies but requires women to produce a doctor’s prescription or show proof they are at least 17 years of age. Currently, those under the age of 17 need a prescription. Plan B is reported to lower the risk of pregnancy by up to 89-percent if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

A recent Washington Post article quoted an advocate of eliminating the restriction to saying they hope it will be “right on the shelves between the condoms and the pregnancy tests.”

Some others endorsing the move hope it will help “prevent unwanted pregnancies.”

I’ll first start with the term I hate; “unwanted pregnancies.” I’m sorry, married couples have access to other birth control measures that have pretty high success rates. Most folks in this “unwanted pregnancies” category are those who are engaging in sexual behavior outside the bonds of marriage and should be responsible for whatever situations develop from the scenario they’ve placed themselves in on their own.

Making Plan B available to literally kids of all ages opens the doors for some younger kids to be taking this drug and their bodies will not be able to handle the large doses of the hormone.

It also provides opportunity to abuse the drug if someone engages in that lifestyle on a regular basis. The long term physical and emotional affects have yet to be tested.

I hope the FDA does not approve the measure. You may want to call them to express your opinion at 1-888-INFO-FDA.

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