Thursday, May 25, 2006

MedPol: Status of OTC PlanB

A decision on the provision of emergency contraception over the counter has been stalled by the FDA (originally due Jan 2005), which is currently being sued by the Center for Reproductive Rights. There's a lot of politics, religion, morality, and stigma involved, but a recent article in the Annals of Emergency Medicine does a good job of covering the pro's, con's, history, and possible impact on ED's. Right now many people who have condom breakages, etc. have to visit ED's for PlanB prescriptions. Making it over the counter might reduce these visits and help with the incredibly crowded state of our ED's.

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