FDA Lets Morning After Pill Go OTC, Partially

After a few years of paralysis, driven by the political views of its conservative base, the FDA finally followed the experts and authorized over the counter sale of a morning after contraceptive pill. It limited sales to those 18 and over. I can’t imagine this was a purely bureaucratic decision. I assume this means that the Republicans now feel they’ve earned enough cred with the Right that they can stray a bit and try to win a few independents. That, or they’re desperate to keep control of some shaky moderate districts.

But for an administration that seems more intent on obscuring science than utilizing it, this is one small nugget of good news.

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5 Responses

  1. FS says:

    I hope anyone that takes this pill as a form of birth control ends up with some horrendous form of Cancer..

  2. FS says:

    I hope anyone that takes this pill as a form of birth control ends up with some horrendous form of Cancer..

  3. FS says:

    I hope anyone that takes this pill as a form of birth control ends up with some horrendous form of Cancer..

  4. Kaimi says:

    Why on earth would anyone hope for that, FS? (Much less repeat it three times).

  5. Kaimi says:

    And just in case readers are potentially confused about whether this is abortion, let me note (from one news account):

    The pills are a concentrated dose of the same drug found in many regular birth-control pills. When a woman takes the pills within 72 hours of unprotected sex, they can lower the risk of pregnancy by up to 89 percent. If she already is pregnant, the pills have no effect.