Obama backs ruling to prevent emergency contraception pill from being sold sans prescription to teens under 17

Agence France-Presse (AFP)-via Interaksyon.com-reports that U.S. President Barack Obama is backing the ruling made by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to prevent an emergency contraception pill from being sold over-the-counter to teens under 17 years old without a prescription.

Agence France-Presse (AFP)-via Interaksyon.com-reports that U.S. President Barack Obama is backing the ruling made by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to prevent an emergency contraception pill from being sold over-the-counter to teens under 17 years old without a prescription.

 

The drugbeing discussed is called Plan B One-Step, which is manufactured by Pennsylvania-based firm called Teva Pharmaceuticals. The AFP report revealed that the company had "petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration to make it available on drugstore shelves to anyone over 12." The report further revealed: "The pill can reduce the chance of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. It is currently available by prescription only to people under 17 in the United States. Those over 17 can ask for it at a pharmacy counter without a doctor’s prescription, so long as they can prove their age."

AFP noted: "An FDA division that monitors drugs and reviews new applications, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, supported wider access for the morning-after pill, according to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. However, Sebelius disagreed with the FDA decision, and invoked her authority to block the supplement for non-prescription use for girls under 17." Her move was "criticized by women’s rights advocates as a ’stunning betrayal’ but delighted conservatives."

 

Obama, who said that "he had no role in the decision," explained why he backed Sebelius: "As the father of two daughters. I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine."

 

AFP observed: "That meant the drug’s status would remain unchanged-available without a prescription to women 17 and older and by prescription only for younger girls."

 

For more on this story, read the AFP article posted on Interaksyon.com.

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