Today’s the Day! In compliance with the decision issued by Judge Korman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on March 23rd, the FDA will allow seventeen-year-olds to buy â€œmorning-afterâ€ contraception known as Plan B without a doctorâ€™s prescription–in other words, over-the-counter (otc). Men as well as women who are 17 or older canÂ purchase Plan B.
That’s a big deal and the official end toÂ this Â protracted battle with the formerÂ administrationÂ that placed its anti-birth controlÂ agendaÂ over the sound medical advice of its own FDA advisory boards!Â
Special thanks to:
1. Hillary Clinton and Patty Murray who forced the FDA to act on Plan B in 2006;
2. Former assistant FDA Commissioner Susan Wood for taking a public stand;
3. The Center for Reproductive Rights for challenging the FDA in court; Â and
4. Aliza Lederer-Plaskett for having the courage and fortitude to be the sole 17-year-old plaintiff in this lawsuit that has resulted in such a powerful victory.
Â To start the ball rolling, Duramed, the manufacturer of Plan B, will now submit an application to the FDA to sell Plan B to 17-year-olds without a prescription.
In addition, it has been reported that the FDA is not appealing any part of the court’s ruling–meaning that the FDA is required to go back andÂ reconsider the Citizen’s PetitionÂ to make Plan B available otc to all womenÂ regardless of age and without additonal restrictions.Â
â€œWe are pleased that the F.D.A. is taking the necessary steps to comply with the courtâ€™s order,â€ said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, whose 2005 lawsuit against the agency led to last monthâ€™s judicial decision. â€œItâ€™s time the F.D.A. restores confidence in its ability to safeguard the public health and put medical science first.â€