Docket Management
Docket: 00N-1364 - Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA)
Comment Number: EC -8

Accepted - Volume 1

Comment Record
Commentor Ms. Kristina Smith Date/Time 2000-08-15 10:27:43
Organization Ms. Kristina Smith
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
Questions
1. General Comments I would like to submit a request for emergency contraception to be made more available to women. Here is why: Too few women know about emergency contraception. Emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) are ordinary birth control pills that significantly decrease a woman's chance of becoming pregnant when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Estimates show that increased use of ECPs could reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions by half annually. If ECPs were sold over the counter, far more women would understand that they have this last chance to avoid pregnancy. Currently, ECPs can be difficult to get within 72 hours because women need a prescription to use them. For example, a woman faced with a broken condom on a Friday night whose doctor's office is closed over the weekend might have to wait until the following Monday -- three days later -- to obtain a prescription for ECPs. ECPs are more effective the earlier they are used -- and most effective within the first 12 hours after unprotected sex. For this reason, the obstacles to obtaining a prescription for ECPs can pose a serious threat to women's health. Because ECPs are safe, effective, easy to use, and cause no harmful, long-term side-effects, they are suitable for nonprescription, over-the-counter availability. Thank you for your time.




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