The FDA today approved the Barr Pharmaceuticals application to sell the Plan B emergency contraception combo without a prescription to women – and men – aged 18 and over. The combo will only be available in pharmacies who will be monitored to insure that they are checking age identification.
The application was initially rejected by high ranking FDA officials who overturned the recommendations of the agency’s scientific advisors. These decisions, among them by the Bush nominee for FDA commissioner, are another example of this administration replacing science with their personal political and financial agenda. A small victory for sanity here. Now, of course, the worry can be focused on the small group of pharmacists who have this bizarre notion that they can decide who is “worthy” of having prescription filled.