Docket Management
Docket: 00N-1256 - Over-the-Counter Products
Comment Number: EC -89

Accepted - Volume 6

Comment Record
Commentor Ms. Tiffany Thomas Date/Time 2000-07-02 20:16:00
Organization Ms. Tiffany Thomas
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments I was 15 years old when I began taking the pill. For medical reasons, it was prescribed to me even though I was not sexually active. For the past 8 years, I have seen a doctor 16 times more than was medically necessary JUST TO GET A PRESCRIPTION WRITTEN. Then there was the expense. While I have heard women talk about paying $12 to $15 per month for their pills, the type that works best for me costs a whopping $29 per pack. I feel that making The Pill an otc can only help matters for the millions of women in America who bear the burden of this expense. What about the naysayers? The gynecologists complain that their everyday caseload would drop considerably. To that I say, Good!! Maybe I won't have to make an appointment TWO MONTHS in advance to get a simple checkup! Maybe when someone IS in your office, you'll take the time to really talk to them, instead of rushing through to the next. The pharmaceutical companies complain about money they'll lose from being able to set prices as high as they see fit. But the only consumers they count are those with the money to go to the doctor AND pay for the prescription. What about the fact that since The Pill isn't covered on MOST insurance plans, women often have a nasty choice to make, and sexual protection often loses when it has to compete with bills, food and gas. Millions of women can't afford to pay the prescription price. What about the millions of potential consumers that would be GAINED once prices lower? Lastly, many argue that making The Pill as accessible as aspirin would cause a rise in sexual activity among teens. But teenagers are ALREADY having sex!! And the fact that the pill is on the counter WITH the condoms would only increase the chance that it's SAFE sex! If making the pill more accessible means that I don't have to pass dozens of under-eighteen moms when I walk through the mall, then FINE! As citizens, we have a responsibility to ensure the safety of fellow citizens, not to preach morality. So please, give this agenda item AMPLE consideration. Think about what I've said here. The only thing left to say is that the real reason The Pill STILL costs so much, and STILL hasn't been made accessible to thousands is that MEN DON'T GET PREGNANT!! And MEN DON'T BUY IT!! Think about it. If my boyfriend or husband had written this, complaining about the dent this puts in HIS wallet, would it hold more weight?

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