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French pharmaceutical company HRA Pharma has just released a warning stating that the morning-after pill "Norlevo" is completely ineffective for women weighing over 176 pounds. The pill even begins to lose effectiveness for women weighing 165. So...we should all just be thankful we don't live in France, right? Well, it turns out the aforementioned Norlevo is identical in both chemical makeup and dosage to the morning-after pills sold in the United States, such as ... Read More
On Monday the Obama administration announced that the morning-after pill will now be sold to girls of all ages, without requiring a prescription. We were already rejoicing just a month ago over the increased access to young ladies, but now no one is excluded. This means that Plan B can be purchased over-the-counter by ladies younger than 17. This is reversal of the federal government's previous decision in late 2011 to restrict minors from obtaining the pill so ... Read More
In an official press announcement, the FDA has approved the over-the-counter sale of Plan B. The emergency contraceptive will be available to women and girls over the age of 15, who can present legal identification verifying their age. This decision has been debated since 2011. President Obama expressed concern and Secretary of Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA, just as it was about to approve an application from its manufacturer, Teva ... Read More
Over-the-counter emergency contraception is now available for all! Today, the federal district court overturned the Obama administration’s age restrictions forbidding women under the age of 17 from purchasing over-the-counter emergency contraception without a prescription. Judge Edward Korman of the District Court of Eastern New York has directed the FDA to lift the ban within 30 days, describing the previous restriction as “a strong showing of bad ... Read More
Imagine returning home from a long day of school or work and wondering if tonight was the night you’d be sexually assaulted. For the vast majority of us, it’s a thought that rarely, if ever, crosses our minds. For Native American women sadly forced to hold a “not if, but when” attitude toward rape and molestation, it is a bleak reality. According to a 2012 Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center (NAWHERC) roundtable ... Read More
The federal government has until tomorrow, December 7th, to decide whether it'll allow the sales of Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive directly on store shelves. Teva Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the pill, petitioned the FDA to make it available on store shelves alongside condoms and other contraceptives. While technically Plan B is already an over-the-counter product for women 17 and older, it's still sold only at pharmacies and health clinics. ... Read More
Thanks to a French (of course) drug company, there soon may be more than one option when it comes to morning after pills. Like, several mornings after. While Plan B works for three days after unprotected intercourse, the new drug–ella–is effective for five. Those two extra days can really count if you live in a rural area or face other obstacles to getting Plan B within that three-day window. Ella (also called ulipristal acetate), won unanimous backing ... Read More