2001P-0075 - Switch Status of Emergency Contraceptives from Rx to OTC
FDA Comment Number : EC801
Submitter : Mr. Sam Garst Date & Time: 06/18/2004 05:06:47
Organization : Osseo Parents for Straight Talk About Sex
Individual Consumer
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Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Emergency contraception should be made OTC, and available to teen agers. Teen pregnancies have been decreasing because our kids receive accurate information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases (STD).

However, despite this progress, 50% of 12th graders will have had sexual intercourse before they graduate, 25% will have had their first sexual encounter by the end of the 9th grade!

More alarming, one sixth of the 12th graders and 25% of our 9th graders DID NOT USE contraception during their last sexual encounter. One third of those having sex for the first time DID NOT USE any contraception. Tragically, one third of all teen pregnancies end with an abortion.

OTC emergency contraception is one way to reduce abortion and should be permitted