Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Can't Vote or Drink But....

TT Note: Let's see. She can't legally drink, buy cigarettes, get married, or vote, but she can ask for a drug? Anybody ever think that the 17 year old brain may consider taking more of these pills than are safe? Hey, has anyone done the studies to show what that level may be? Perhaps, she'll go grab some for her minor friends, so they, too, can experience the life. Oh, wait, that's right. She's a minor, too.

Updated FDA Action on Plan B (levonorgestrel) Tablets

On March 23, 2009, a federal court issued an order directing the FDA, within 30 days, to permit the Plan B drug sponsor to make Plan B available to women 17 and older without a prescription. The government will not appeal this decision. In accordance with the court’s order, and consistent with the scientific findings made in 2005 by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA notified the manufacturer of Plan B informing the company that it may, upon submission and approval of an appropriate application, market Plan B without a prescription to women 17 years of age and older.

Plan B is manufactured by Duramed Research, Inc. of Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

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christopher Ronk said...

This should have been done a long time ago. The reasons for the FDA holding this back were theological and political rather than scientific.

I’m curious, what exactly do conservatives want? Complete abstinence? That will never ever happen.

Conservatives don’t want to care for these teen mothers and children. They don’t want to educate teens or offer condoms.

I hear a lot of complaints, but do conservatives have any other ideas on how to deal with teen pregnancy other than abstinence? Well... Do you?

Anonymous said...

So this is about conservatives? I rather thought it was about the irony of what a teenager legally can and can't do. I do wonder if the average 17 year old child of any political leaning family, whether left or right or up or down, would think, hey, if I can take one after the fact, why don't I take two tonight before the fact?

Minds of 17 year olds have been known not to think through things - especially when most kids seem to think it's what happens in the moment that is all life important.

I agree with the author in that I would like to see some studies on overdosing and potential consequences of taking the drug inappropriately. Perhaps, that would be a better lesson for the 17 year old children?

I also agree with one statement of the comment left by Ronk in that complete abstinence won't happen. How would he go about educating teens on the consequences on acting in the moment and then having regrets?