FDA approves OTC sale of morning-after pill with no age restrictions, ending long legal battle

  • Article by: LAURAN NEERGAARD , AP Medical Writer
  • Updated: June 20, 2013 - 6:45 PM

WASHINGTON — The morning-after pill is finally going over-the-counter.

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ericgus55Jun. 20, 1310:04 PM

Good. The FDA is a regulatory agency, and it must make decisions based on the safety of a medication, not moral judgements. The clinical tests have shown the pill to be safe, so there is no reason to deny access to anyone.

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clnorthJun. 21, 13 7:34 AM

Why regulate any prescription drugs? Why not let us all self medicate? If an eleven year old is able to make this choice, why can't an adult decide which medications to take?

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jgmanciniJun. 21, 13 7:55 AM

Why allow any OTC medications? Why not let the government decide whether we can take an aspirin or Pepto Bismal? If age is a requirement for this medication, why shouldn't it be for every other OTC drug? If 11 year olds can't make this choice, they shouldn't have access to rubbing alcohol, midol, or any other readily available product that is considered a drug.

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ericgus55Jun. 21, 1310:44 AM

clnorth - FDA determination of prescription vs. OTC status of medications (drugs) is based on safety (side-effects, risk of abuse, etc.). According to the studies of these morning-after pills, the risks are low enough to warrant OTC status. It's really rather simple. By the way, the side-effects of many of our non-prescription medications, like Aspirin, Advil, etc. are much greater than for the morning-after pill. Taking $50-worth of a morning-after pill (one pill) poses far less risk than taking $50-worth of Advil or Aspirin, which can cause organ failure or death. If there is a "moral" reason to deny access to a medication or drug (i.e. kids are too young to decide for themselves and parents must be involved), those determinations must be made through the legislative process, and not by a regulatory agency like the FDA.

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ericgus55Jun. 21, 13 1:15 PM

What's worse than a teenager having access to the morning after pill? A teenager having a baby.

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