2005N-0345 Drug Approvals: Circumstances under which an active ingredient may be simultaneously marketed in both a prescription drug product and an over-the-counter drug product
FDA Comment Number : EC1036
Submitter : Miss. Megan Kopperud Date & Time: 10/27/2005 10:10:48
Organization : Willamette University Students for Choice
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Emergency Contraception must be OTC. European countries have have no problem with having EC OTC. The United States FDA must be fair and rational in this decision. There is no medical reason to keep EC as a prescription medicine.
Choosing to make EC a prescription medicine creates access issues for many women. Many doctors will not describe the pill or pharmacies refuse to fill the woman's prescription. Critics say that women seeking EC can be referred to other pharmacies. Referring a woman (who has been raped, had unsafe sex, or had a contraception failure such as a broken condom)who desires EC to another pharmacy is absurd. EC is a time sensitive medication and referrals do not
consider this. Women living in rural areas may find it difficult to find a pharmacy willing to fill her prescription to EC, even after she received the prescription from a doctor, which can be a difficult task as well. In some areas it may be difficult to find a 24 hour pharmacy or a pharmacy open on Sundays. EC is most effective within 72 hours of sex and with all the delays of this process many women find themselves having trouble attaining the pill in time.

It is certainly not respectful to deny a woman the medication she desires due to one's own personal and often religious beliefs. Respect is accepting that women are intelligent and responsible enough to make their own choices regarding their bodies.