One year ago on March 23, the FDA was ordered to reconsider it’s policy on emergency contraception by a federal court, because it has limited access to emergency contraception, deviating from its own policy on approved, over-the-counter drug access. But it has still failed to act.
The Center for Reproductive Rights sued the FDA and on March 23, 2009, a federal court ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had put politics before women’s health when it decided to limit over-the-counter access to the emergency contraceptive. The court ordered the FDA to reconsider its decision and to act within 30 days to extend over-the-counter access to 17-year-olds. That was one year ago and the FDA still has not acted.
Tell the FDA to respect the scientific evidence and move quickly to end restrictions on emergency contraception!
Emergency contraception is available without a prescription, but only for women age 17 and older. Pharmacies and clinics must keep it behind the counter and anyone seeking to buy it must show government issued identification proving their age in order to buy it without a prescription.
These special restrictions, different from any other drug with over-the-counter status, are a clear effort to stigmatize those who need them and to deter them from purchasing an over-the-counter drug they have a legal right to.