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 : EC1012
Submitter : Ms. Yvonna Cazares Date & Time: 10/27/2005 10:10:04
Organization : Ms. Yvonna Cazares
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I want to state that I am extremely disturbed by the Federal Drug Administration's (FDA) unwillingness to permit Emergency Contraception to be sold over the counter.
Emergency Contraception has been proven safe and effective time and time again. Making Emergency Contraception more available to the public can only help us. In fact, we would probably see a decrease in abortions if emergency contraception was made more widely available.
Teens and other womyn who use emergency contraception after other forms of contraception have failed have to go through the hassle and stress of setting up an appointment with their doctor or a nearby free womyn's health clinic. Moreover, when they seek out and locate a pharmacy to get emergency contraception it is very expensive and/or unnerving b/c pharmacists and/or staff refuse to do their jobs by giving out emergency contraception to the consumer. In rural areas I am sure this is the only place (pharmacy) available to young womyn and others. When a helpful product is denied to a consumer or hard to get we all should take issue with such acts.
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.
Please act on this issue immediately in favor of womyn's health.