|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 :||EC1142|
|Submitter :||Ms. Barbara Rodman||Date & Time:||10/27/2005 02:10:24|
|Organization :||Ms. Barbara Rodman|
|Category :||Individual Consumer|
| EC is most effective (95%) if taken within 24 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse - when a condom breaks, birth control is not used, or if a sexual assault occurs. Forcing women to get a prescription before they can obtain Plan B is an unwise and unnecessary burden on all women, especially poor women who may not have access to a physician. Moreover, requiring a physician's prescription increases the total cost of EC dramatically.
The FDA's expert advisory panel recommended with a 23-4 vote that EC be made available over the counter without prescription almost two years ago. We cannot allow politics to interfere with women's health.