So finally we got some resolution to the ridiculous Plan B situation which has helped drag the FDA even further into the mud —F.D.A. Gains Accord on Wider Sales of Next-Day Pill . It will go OTC but only for people over 18.
The drug agency has asked that the new Barr application restrict over-the-counter sales to women older than 18. Girls younger than 18 would have access to the pills only with prescriptions. Over-the-counter pills would be sold just in pharmacies and licensed clinics, the chairman of Barr, Bruce Downey, said.Mr. Downey said the acting Food and Drug Commissioner, Andrew C. von Eschenbach, had assured him in a call that the agency was committed to resolving the Plan B impasse. Barr had hoped to sell Plan B to women and girls of all ages, Mr. Downey said, “but I don’t have the ability to get all that I want.”
Of course this is bloody stupid, as women under-18 are those just as likely to be having unprotected sex and the consequences of them having unwanted pregnancies are much greater for them, and for the taxpayer and society, than for older women. And they are far less likely to want to have to deal with the shame and expense of going to a doctor to get a prescription. Plus the solution is unenforceable, because those under-18 will just get their friends to buy it, and they won’t even have the minor benefit of the pharmacist’s counseling.
But don’t worry about them, or the rest of us dealing with teenage pregnancies, Jesus (or at least his "representatives" on the loony right) will be happy. And they’re the ones who make scientific decisions these days.