Of course, somehow it’s the Union’s fault. Via.
Of course, somehow it’s the Union’s fault. Via.
NARAL’s statement is here. I got this one via email (bolding mine):
Obama Administration Overrules FDA Approval of Plan B One-Step
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2011
Obama Administration Overrules FDA Approval of Plan B One-Step for Over-the-Counter Sale for Women of All Ages
NARAL Pro-Choice New York Calls Decision “Deeply Disappointing Betrayal”
NEW YORK—Today the FDA announced the Secretary of Health and Human Services – for the first time ever – has invoked her authority to overrule the agency’s decision to approve the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B One-Step for full over-the-counter sale, which would have removed what was widely recognized to be a politically motivated age restriction on its access. This is the first time in history the Health Secretary has ever used this power to overrule an FDA decision. Had the FDA decision gone into effect, women of all ages would have been able to purchase this back-up birth control method without a prescription and without delays at the pharmacy counter.
“This is a deeply disappointing betrayal from an Administration that had pledged to promote the health and well-being of women and families and be guided by science and medicine,” said Andrea Miller, President of NARAL Pro-Choice New York. “The evidence is clear, the FDA has done more than its due diligence, and women across the nation deserve ready access to a safe, effective second chance to prevent an unintended pregnancy. The decision to overrule the FDA is reminiscent of a troubling era, when the Bush Administration routinely allowed politics to trump science, especially in its interference with the FDA’s deliberations over this product.”
The FDA first approved Plan B as a prescription product in 1999. Seven years later, in 2006, the FDA approved over-the-counter access to Plan BÒ for those eighteen and older – an age restriction later deemed by the Government Accountability Office and federal courts to be politically, not scientifically, motivated. In response, the age restriction on the over-the-counter product was lowered to seventeen the following year.
Because of the resulting “dual-label” status, emergency contraception has been stocked behind the pharmacy counter, creating significant hurdles for anyone needing timely access. Even women seventeen and older, who were eligible for over-the-counter access, have had to produce a government-issued ID to prove their age before buying the product. Having Plan B One-Step available on the pharmacy shelves would have finally removed those barriers.
Long-standing scientific and medical evidence has shown that emergency contraception is safe and effective for women of all ages, including teens. “It’s not easy to think about teens having sex, but if they are, it’s our responsibility to ensure they have timely access to all their options to reduce the chance of an unintended pregnancy,” Miller said. “Especially here in New York City, where some neighborhoods have teen pregnancy rates that are among the highest in the nation, we should be working together to ensure that young women have the knowledge and ability to prevent an unintended pregnancy – including after sex.”
NARAL Pro-Choice New York
One thing I’ve never understood is how the Republicans get away with cutting funds for food inspection. Amazing how they manage to get what they want when the majority of the nation is dead opposite.
PHILADELPHIA, May 22 (UPI) — Challenging conventional wisdom that most people want smaller government and less expensive food, a U.S. survey indicates most would pay more for safer food.
The Pew Charitable Trusts commissioned a poll by Hart Research and American Viewpoint that indicates 66 percent support additional funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to carry out new responsibilities related to food safety.
Seventy-four percent feel it is worth a 1 percent to 3 percent increase in the cost of food to pay for new safety measures in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law this year. In addition, 70 percent of those surveyed favor food companies paying an average annual fee of $1,000 to help cover the cost of new FDA food safety activities.
Twenty-five percent of U.S. adults say they worry a great deal about food being contaminated with bacteria that makes it unsafe to eat, while 85 percent say the government should be responsible for ensuring that food is safe to eat and 71 percent of voters say the FDA plays a very important or essential role in protecting Americans’ health and safety.
When people say the Obamas are glowing, now we’ll know why:
US President Barack Obama is confident in the quality of Gulf of Mexico seafood despite the BP oil spill and will serve some at a party Sunday to mark his 49th birthday, a top aide [Carol Browner] said.
Yum! Nothing says have a happy, healthy birthday like ingesting Crab au Corexit.
Would you care for an after dinner snifter of la marée noire de BP, vintage April?
“There is no information at this time to indicate that they (dispersants) pose a public health threat from exposure through the consumption of seafood,” the FDA said.
“No information at this time.” That doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence.
“From exposure through the consumption of seafood.” But there is a threat from other exposure through other means.
Carefully crafted phrases come in so handy at times like this.
By the way, as much as I want to believe that the seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is safe, and that the livelihoods of the fishermen and restaurant owners will be salvaged and that they’ll thrive just as they did pre-BP disaster, I just don’t buy it.
Why don’t I? Scroll through these posts to find out.
And à votre santé, Mr. President! Sincerely.
The Vitter Pill is back, this time about a fellow pill.
The FDA recommended that the medication Avastin shouldn’t be used to treat breast cancer. Now why would they do such a thing? Because:
“The study shows there’s very little benefit to patients — with significant toxicity risks and no clear survival benefit,” said Natalie Compagni Portis, the panel’s patient representative.
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on Wednesday reignited the politically charged debate over healthcare rationing, arguing [the FDA decision] marks a “sickening” case of the government threatening access to care, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. [...]
In a statement issued Wednesday, Vitter said the panel’s vote is analogous to the government denying care because the patient’s life “is not deemed valuable enough,” AP reported.
Or, to put it another way, the patient’s life is so valuable that the FDA doesn’t want to endanger it by endorsing a medication that is toxic. But that’s not important now. What is important is…
Death panels are making a comeback! Everyone hide your grandparents!
Politifact named the death panel accusation their “Lie of the Year.”
And that must be a hard pill for Vitter to swallow.
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