FDA Expands Access to Generic Morning-After Pill

Cheaper alternatives to Plan B can now be sold over the counter without age restrictions

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The Food and Drug Administration has decided that generic and cheaper versions of popular morning-after contraceptive Plan B can be sold over the counter without age restrictions.

Generic versions of the emergency contraceptive were restricted to women ages 17 and older, but those restrictions have now been lifted, NPR reports. Women of any age can now choose between the original Plan B and generic versions of the drug, which prevent most pregnancies if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex for women who weigh less than 165 lb. (75 kg).

The restrictions were part of an exclusivity agreement granted to Plan B’s original maker, Teva Pharmaceuticals, allowing it to be the only drug producer to sell the morning-after pill over the counter and without age requirements. Other pills had been restricted to 17-year-olds and over.

But the FDA said in a letter sent to Teva’s rivals that its rules were “too broad.” Its only stipulation now is that generic forms of the drug must say they are intended for “women 17 years of age or older,” but no ID check is required.

The decision marks over a decade of wrangling over the accessibility of Plan B.

“This is a significant leap forward in obtaining full, over-the-counter status for emergency contraception, and we commend the FDA for this decision,” said Jessica Arons, president and CEO of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project.

[NPR]

15 comments
Womanslifetodecide
Womanslifetodecide

God put his only son out there to be murdered on purpose.If the morning after pill doesn't just prevent as I think it does.There is no evidence it kills babies.It's a birth control.Same as the others.


BillDonnelly
BillDonnelly

GET A REAL LIFE God really exist?

That question is a mega-hot button one, especially for parents like me who love their kids more than anything.

I'd like to think that there is a nice, tidy paradise of a kingdom waiting for me when I croak, but I have to be honest: I don't have to venture too deep down into my bones before I hit a lot of resistance to that idea.

I was raised to believe, mind you. I was an altar boy and a regular churchgoer for most of my youth, and I still feel like the peacefulness I encountered at many Christmas Eve services are some of the coolest moments I have ever known.

Still, something never really clicked for me when it came to religious faith. So much of it seemed so old, so outdated.

Related: 12 things your kids MUST see you do

Sometimes, I suspect that I might have found a bit more faith within me had the people in my church occasionally raised a question or three about the antiquated directions the Bible often seemed to point us in. No one ever did though. When I peered out over my stuffy pew, I never saw anyone raising their hands. I never heard even a single word of dissent about anything the pastor had said. Mostly, everyone just sat there, week after week, praying whenever the guy told them to pray, singing when he told them sing, rising when he told them to rise.

As I grew older, I began to drift away from the moors of believing. Out with certain tides I went, asking serious questions as I floated off by my lonesome. I spent years and years looking long and hard at what I had been taught in Bible stories and sermons and Sunday school until one day, not all that long ago, when I was in my late 30s, I began to fall asleep at night thinking to myself that all the stars in the sky were so beautiful and majestic, but maybe they were not the work of some unseen keeper of the universe.

Perhaps, I told myself, they are so beautiful and majestic because they are all that on their own -- without any God involved at all.

Suddenly, the idea of living a good and decent life took on a whole lot more meaning to me. The way I saw it in that moment, and continue to see it to this day, is that people ought to be living right and treating each other with love and respect, because they really feel that way and not because they are following the words of some deity or particular religion.

What if we are all, by our very nature, just as good or bad as we allow ourselves to be?

What if our lives aren't lightly dictated or even casually observed by a higher power with an all-seeing eye?

And what if we taught our own children the idea of spreading love and goodwill and peace because that's exactly what Mom and Dad believe in their hearts. What if parents showed their kids by example how they walk the walk in their lives on a daily basis, their actions and words, their core values and beliefs, dictated by nothing more than a firm faith in their own individual power to help change the world and make it a better place?

I think about my kids every three or four seconds most days, so a lot of this has to do with them, too. Most people would assume that you might just naturally want to believe in God to make sure that your kiddos get into Heaven or whatever. But not me.

I mean, think of each and every single life that has ever been lived in the history of this world (including mine and yours and our kids') -what if the end result of those lives is simply the direct result of how each of us, individually, decided to act and live and love during our time on Earth, with no religious influence at all, no price to pay or reward to claim hanging over our heads?

Wouldn't we be thinking for ourselves in a way? Wouldn't it be kind of cool if we knew there was no afterlife and therefore made the very best of the only life that we will ever likely know?

Just think about that for a second.

These days, the closer I get to my own inevitable demise (it's coming/it always has been) the more I find myself enchanted by the more scientific approach to all of this. And I hope that my kids sense that in me before long and at least consider what lies in my heart and drives my soul as much as they consider the thunderous booms of religion always thumping away all over the landscape; often in the guise of a crotchety, and yes, violent brontosaurus stumbling yard to yard, porch to porch, eating the stale bread people habitually throw out for him, day after day, year after year, century after century, until he's bloated and gassy and tired to the point of exhaustion.

If I had one wish, one ultimate dream for my kids - for all the kids - it would be a world where humanity would someday soon find itself driven by an ultra-modern and cutting-edge belief system, a system built upon our own constant self-surveillance of the ever-changing world around us.

Humanity, rolling with the punches as time goes by.

To me, this system sounds way better, and frankly, a whole lot more spiritualized, than the alienation, wars, in-fighting and political posturing, all the power-mongering, and consistent exclusion from equality that have come to penetrate and define practically every crevice of organized religion in our era.

Look, when it comes to very young minds, I know issues of God and religion and spirituality should be a singular choice, maybe even the most personal choice any of us will ever make. I'm not naive or careless enough to think that children can make that decision on their own.

But that's my whole point exactly, you see.

In a lot of ways, the more I think about it, the more I firmly believe that future generations ought to be given extreme license to go free range wandering all over the moral and intellectual galaxy before they ever settle into such an enormous, heavy groove as commitment to one God or religion or dogma.

Weird as it seems, I'm not sure that the idea of raising kids religion-free, for at least the first 15 years or so of their lives, until they are old enough to search and decide for themselves, is an idea that has ever even crossed a lot o

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julie1010

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Uncle-D-Orlando
Uncle-D-Orlando

God aborts millions of gentically defective.  human fetuses allover the planet every year,so as to keep the human race heaslthy...Proverbs were written by men is the little book. Nature,showing God's actions is the Big Book.

Hermione
Hermione

Good.

It is about time - the government needs to stay out of the birth control business.

ShepherdYerusalem
ShepherdYerusalem

God's word and contraception:


The translation of scriptures from Hebrew into English leaves much to be desired.
Below we will be focusing on Proverbs 30:20:
Pro 30:20  כן דרך אשׁה מנאפת אכלה ומחתה פיה ואמרה לא־פעלתי און׃ 

And now for the proper translation:

Pro 30:20  This is the way of an adulterous woman: She partakes and cleans out her vagina, And says, "I have done no wickedness."

Today's modern sexual woman comes to mind when reading the above... just because modern woman has found a way of contraception, and can hide or nullify the effects of sexual immorality... she believes it is OK. 
Fact is, she is doomed.
The way of the woman is death... the way of God is life.
Peace and love to readers everywhere.
Shalom IsRaEl.

edwardw6969
edwardw6969

Thank heavens this is TIME and not Fox, Newsmax, or the Washington Times.  Otherwise, we would now be deluged in comments about the murder of babies.  Even if it is just a two or four cell organism.

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wrathbrow
wrathbrow

@ShepherdYerusalem Here is a thought. Come up with reasons for or against something based on your own logic/reasoning, and now something written by others.

Uncle-D-Orlando
Uncle-D-Orlando

@ShepherdYerusalem    Her partner the adulterous man is Ok?,according to Proverbs?  God doesn't mind men having concubines and sex with female slaves,.........it is in the Trorah......................and  as Abraham did? 

DredScott
DredScott

@edwardw6969 Morning after pill doesn't even do that.  There is no collection of 2 or 4 cells.. Its just an egg that may or may NOT have been fertilized. 2 to 4 cells takes weeks to grow....


So, without concrete PROOF that it has been fertilized, there is NO supposed "murder".....  just the elimination of tissue, just like when this tissue gets discharged every MONTH when a woman menstruates.


NO HARM, NO FOUL..... and the woman gets to do this in the privacy of her own home away from prying eyes and religious nut jobs....