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FDA Approves Plan B One-Step Emergency Contraceptive For Use Without A Prescription For All Women Of Child-Bearing Potential

Posted 20 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

June 20, 2013 – Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it has approved the use of Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) as a nonprescription product for all women of child-bearing potential. This action complies with the April 5, 2013 order of the United States District Court in New York to make levonorgestrel-containing emergency contraceptives available as an over-the-counter (OTC) product without age or point-of-sale restrictions. Plan B One-Step is an emergency contraceptive intended to reduce the chance of pregnancy following unprotected sexual intercourse or a known or suspected contraceptive failure (e.g., condom). Plan B One-Step is a single-dose pill (1.5 mg tablet) that is effective in decreasing the chance of pregnancy and should be taken as soon as possible within three days after unprotected sex. On June 10, 2013, the agency notified a United States District ... Read more

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FDA OKs Sale of 'Morning-After' Pill Without Age Limit

Posted 20 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 20 – The so-called morning-after pill, an emergency contraceptive, is about to go over-the-counter, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcing Thursday that it has approved unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step. The move follows a decision earlier this month by the Obama administration to drop its effort to fight a court order that would make the contraceptive pill available over-the-counter to all women and girls, regardless of age. After fighting for an age threshold on the nonprescription use of the Plan B One-Step pill for months, the FDA said June 10 that it would heed the ruling of Judge Edward Korman, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The drug prevents conception if taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse. Korman first issued his order April 5, igniting a battle over whether young girls could gain access to ... Read more

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FDA Approves 'Morning-After' Pill Without a Prescription

Posted 30 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 30 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday approved the over-the-counter sale of Plan B One-Step, a version of the so-called "morning after" pill, for use as emergency contraception by girls and women aged 15 and older. The move ends years of debate over the issue, and follows a federal judge's order earlier this month that the FDA make Plan B available to all women, regardless of age. The emergency contraceptive is made by Teva Women's Health Inc. "Research has shown that access to emergency contraceptive products has the potential to further decrease the rate of unintended pregnancies in the United States," FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said in an agency news release. "The data reviewed by the agency demonstrated that women 15 years of age and older were able to understand how Plan B One-Step works, how to use it properly and that it does not ... Read more

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Judge: Make Morning-After Pill Available to All Females

Posted 5 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 5 – A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make the so-called "morning-after pill" – an emergency contraceptive – available to all women regardless of age. The judge from the Eastern District of New York gave the FDA 30 days to remove age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception, such as Plan B One-Step. Currently, girls 16 and younger need a doctor's prescription to get the pill. Other brands of emergency contraception include Next Choice and Ella. The judge's decision, released Friday, is the latest step in a 10-year, controversial debate about who should have access to the drug and why. Plan B prevents implantation of a fertilized egg in a woman's uterus through use of levonorgestrel, a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone used for decades in birth control pills. Plan B contains 1.5 milligrams of levonorgestrel, more ... Read more

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Use of Morning-After Pill on the Rise: CDC

Posted 14 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 – The number of U.S. women using the "morning-after" contraception pill has risen dramatically in the last decade, federal health officials report. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4.2 percent of women in 2002 said they had used the pill, but between 2006 and 2010 that figure had jumped to 11 percent, which translates to 5.8 million women who were between 15 and 44 years old. The pill, considered emergency contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancy, was particularly popular among young women between 20 and 24 years old, who accounted for 23 percent of users, the government report found. The report, released Wednesday by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics using data from the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth, also found: Non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women were more likely to have used emergency contraception, ... Read more

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Give Teens Access to Emergency Contraception, Pediatricians Say

Posted 26 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 26 – Doctors should let their teenage patients know about emergency contraception, such as Plan B, and write them a prescription for it if they are sexually active, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The new guideline is an update to the 2005 policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the largest organization of pediatric doctors in the United States. Since 2005, "the data are even more supportive of emergency contraception," said the policy statement's lead author, Dr. Cora Breuner, A professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. "These methods are absolutely not an abortion," Breuner said. They prevent pregnancies by blocking fertilization. The statement, published online Nov. 26 in the journal Pediatrics, emphasizes the importance of informing teens that ... Read more

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'Morning-After' Pill May Be New Option to Treat Painful Fibroids

Posted 2 Feb 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1 – The morning-after pill may help shrink painful fibroids and relieve excessive bleeding, new research indicates. Fibroids are benign tumors that form on the wall of a woman's uterus; as many as 80 percent of all women may have fibroids. Many cause no symptoms, but one in four women experiences symptoms that are severe enough to require treatment, according to the National Uterine Fibroids Foundation. Symptoms may include heavy periods, anemia, bloating, constipation, infertility and miscarriage. Treatment may involve surgery to remove the uterus and/or hormone treatments such as Lupron (leuprolide) or oral contraceptives. Now, two new studies in the New England Journal of Medicine suggest that the 'morning-after' pill Ella (ulipristal) works just as well as Lupron in treating fibroid-linked uterine bleeding, with less risk of hot flashes. The new studies were funded ... Read more

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