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 : EC920
Submitter : Ms. Ellen Ryan Date & Time: 10/27/2005 08:10:40
Organization : Ms. Ellen Ryan
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Plan B emergency contraception needs to be available over the counter. The whole point is to use it quickly -- and its safest/best use is quickly, too. Delays to see a doctor and get a prescription reduce its effectiveness. Plus, many pharmacists won't fill contraceptive or Plan B prescriptions, which only makes more of a delay. If we truly want to reduce abortions, we'll allow women -- and girls -- access to emergency backup contraception without hindrance.

Studies show that it will not be used as primary birth control by the vast number of potential users. And teens especially need access *without* parental interference. It's great to have parents involved -- but most already would be, and those who aren't may be the cause of abuse or incest or not contactable (in jail, missing, on drugs, etc.). Please don't hamper scared teens even more by forcing parental involvement that may not be healthy.