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Morning-After Pill May Go Over The Counter (for women 18 and above only)

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The Food and Drug Administration notified manufacturer Barr Laboratories Inc. early Monday that it wanted to meet within seven days to iron out new steps the company must take in its three-year battle to sell the pill, called Plan B, without a prescription to at least some women.

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The morning-after pill is a high dose of regular birth control that, taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, can lower the risk of pregnancy by up to 89 percent.

Contraceptive advocates and doctors groups say easier access to a pill now available by prescription only could halve the nation's 3 million annual unintended pregnancies, and FDA's own scientists say the pills are safe. In December 2003, the agency's independent scientific advisers overwhelmingly backed nonprescription sales for all ages.

But FDA rejected that recommended, citing concern about young teens' use of the pills without a doctor's guidance.

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Monday, the FDA reversed itself, saying that it had reviewed about 47,000 comments from the public, with an overwhelming majority supporting the view that the drug could be sold both as a prescription and nonprescription product.

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To try again, Barr must re-file its application with some changes:

*Barr must agree to sell nonprescription to women 18 and older, not 16 as the company had earlier sought. That's because it conforms with current age restrictions on tobacco products, and thus would simplify pharmacists' enforcement.

* Both the nonprescription and prescription versions of the pill would be kept behind the pharmacists' counter. But FDA wants Barr to sell the nonpresription version in completely different packaging to help distinguish the two.

* Barr must provide details on how the program will enforce the age restriction. If that's not rigorous enough, Plan B will remain prescription for everyone, FDA warned.

http://www.nbc17.com/health/9601247/detail.html


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Good news indeed in my opinion as well. I think 18 is a good age to allow women to decide on their own and not need a prescription.


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That's awesome news, I hope they go through with it. I have to say though, that even though it's somewhat of an annoyance to get a prescription, it's not all that difficult...you really just have to call it in to the doctor, and find a pharmacy that has it...still would be much easier to get it OTC. Plus you wouldn't have to wait that way!


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######..where was that when i was single.


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I don't think this is a good idea. What prevents an older friend from buying it for a minor? I agree that a prescription is easy enough to get.

In all honesty, what would be the huge deal if an older person did buy it for a minor (aside from it being illegal.) It's not like drugs, which are bad for you, and if it helps prevent an unwanted pregnancy then I think it's all for the best.


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I don't think this is a good idea. What prevents an older friend from buying it for a minor? I agree that a prescription is easy enough to get.

Not as easy as you would believe.

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I don't think this is a good idea. What prevents an older friend from buying it for a minor? I agree that a prescription is easy enough to get.

Not as easy as you would believe.

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Whatever...I've gotten prescriptions for it several times and the last time, I was even warned by the nurse over the phone that I needed to find a pharmacy who would sell it to me, as they have the option not to. Well, out of the eleventy bazillion pharmacies in this area, my normal one was out of stock, and the second one I called had it. It was a minor inconvenience that took up probably about 15 minutes of my time, but it's not difficult, nor impossible. If someone can't deal with that process, I wonder how they dress themselves in the morning.


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I don't think this is a good idea. What prevents an older friend from buying it for a minor? I agree that a prescription is easy enough to get.

Not as easy as you would believe.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...l=contraceptive

Whatever...I've gotten prescriptions for it several times and the last time, I was even warned by the nurse over the phone that I needed to find a pharmacy who would sell it to me, as they have the option not to. Well, out of the eleventy bazillion pharmacies in this area, my normal one was out of stock, and the second one I called had it. It was a minor inconvenience that took up probably about 15 minutes of my time, but it's not difficult, nor impossible. If someone can't deal with that process, I wonder how they dress themselves in the morning.

Read the thread and the article - its not that easy for everyone. Not all doctors are willing to prescribe it, for reasons that they don't have to divulge... And you would never know until you needed it.. By which time you might have a job getting it from another doctor before your 72 hours is up.

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I don't think this is a good idea. What prevents an older friend from buying it for a minor? I agree that a prescription is easy enough to get.

Not as easy as you would believe.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...l=contraceptive

Whatever...I've gotten prescriptions for it several times and the last time, I was even warned by the nurse over the phone that I needed to find a pharmacy who would sell it to me, as they have the option not to. Well, out of the eleventy bazillion pharmacies in this area, my normal one was out of stock, and the second one I called had it. It was a minor inconvenience that took up probably about 15 minutes of my time, but it's not difficult, nor impossible. If someone can't deal with that process, I wonder how they dress themselves in the morning.

Read the thread and the article - its not that easy for everyone. Not all doctors are willing to prescribe it, for reasons that they don't have to divulge... And you would never know until you needed it.. By which time you might have a job getting it from another doctor before your 72 hours is up.

I read it when it was first posted. Even if her first doctor wouldn't prescribe it, there are women's health and general practice clinics all over the place. She could have gotten it. Yes, it is an inconvenience, but I would think it's worth it, particularly if you are against abortion and don't want to get pregnant.

On a side note, it's been recommended in several places I've read to get a prescription for it with refills whenever you go for your yearly exam, just in case. That's when you can find out your doctor's feelings on it before it becomes an emergency.

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If someone could buy it over the counter for a minor, they could do the same with a prescription.

I don't think this is a good idea. What prevents an older friend from buying it for a minor? I agree that a prescription is easy enough to get.

Yeah, I guess so. It just seems like it's making it even easier for minors. I suppose many would argue that that's a good thing.

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good... not to encourage unprotected sex but i think it's good.. as it also this way in Thailand and i was soo thankful for that.

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