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October 25th, 2005
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FDA calls for comments on emergency contraception by Nov 1
Just got this note from a Hillary Clinton campaigner:


Last August, after two years of delays and inaction, the FDA once again refused to make a decision on the application to make Plan B emergency contraception available over the counter. This last-minute delaying tactic came even though Hillary and Senator Patty Murray had been promised a decision by August.

The FDA has refused to make a decision even though their own scientific advisory panels voted overwhelmingly to approve the application - putting ideology over science so egregiously that Dr. Susan Woods, Director of the Office of Women's Health and a widely-respected voice for scientific integrity and women's health at the FDA, resigned in protest.

Instead, the FDA once again called for additional "public comment" by November 1. Well, I think it's time they heard from the public. With just one week before the public comment period ends, let's tell the FDA that American women are entitled to a decision.

Please sign our petition and submit your comments:
http://www.hillaryclinton.com/action/FDA/


I looked on the FDA website and don't (on a quick scan) see this on their list of dockets open for public comment, which you can sudmit electronic comments on, but if you want to comment directly to them you can submit written comments to: Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

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From:earthtomeryl
Date:October 25th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for posting this! I just figured out why it's not obvious on the list of dockets: apparently the public comment is about whether the same medication can be sold over-the-counter and prescription-only depending on the patient's age. Plan B is never explicitly mentioned.
Here is the FDA statement, and this is the FDA page for the Plan B related docket.
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