|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 :||EC2180|
|Submitter :||Ms. Janet Fotos||Date & Time:||10/31/2005 06:10:59|
|Organization :||Ms. Janet Fotos|
|Category :||Drug Industry|
| A. Should FDA initiate a rulemaking to codify its interpretation of section 503(b) of the action regarding when an active ingredient can be simultaneously marketed in both prescription drug product and an OTC drug product?|
| The Food and Drug Administration should simply approve without further delay over-the-counter (OTC) sale of emergency contraception - with no prescriptions required for any age group. The two advisory FDA committees that exhaustively reviewed data in December 2003 found that emergency contraception was safe and effective and consequently recommended OTC approval.
Please follow the recommendations of the advisory committees and approve OTC status for emergency contraceptives.