The FDA's comment period for Plan B (emergency contraceptive) ended, and they say about 10,000 comments from the public have been recorded. This goes to show you how politicized emergency contraception has become, that science is trumped for the vocal few.
A two-month comment period on making the "morning-after pill" Plan B available without a prescription ended yesterday, with as many as 10,000 comments apparently submitted but no indication of when or how the Food and Drug Administration will proceed with the controversial application.
The agency's next step "will depend on what we see in the comments," said FDA spokeswoman Julie Zawisza. "We'll read them all and decide how to proceed." She said 2,300 have been recorded so far, but a senior FDA official said he expects 10,000 when all are counted.
All I can say is why the fuck is the public making a decision and not the scientists? If we left it up to the scientists, it would have been approved two years ago.
Murray said yesterday that she was "stunned" by the agency's actions on Plan B, which is made by Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.
"The FDA has the responsibility to make scientific decisions," she said. "For them to ask for public comment is so out of the ordinary that it strikes me as bizarre."
Personally, I think the FDA's handling of Plan B is beyond bizarre and beyond socially responsible actions.
Here's what the social-narrow-minded should do:
Just don't buy Plan B if you've been raped, or your birth control fails.
"Ah, but if they did that, they wouldn't be able to demonize the women that do use Plan B if needed," you say.
All I can say, is you're right.