Plan B One Step a controversial morning after drug that has been the subject of much litigation has been adjudged by the overwhelming majority of qualified reviewers at the FDA as being safe for women of all ages in an over the counter capacity. It is currently available OTC to women 18 years and older. Even that has been continually opposed by certain politicians who consider the drug an anti-abortion drug, which it is not. Access to the drug OTC has been obstructed in the past by interference by the Bush White House and Senior FDA officials. In 2009, Hon.Edward R. Korman, a federal judge in New York, in the case of Tumino et al. v. Torti, ordered the FDA to undertake a further review of providing access to women under 18 after finding a history of political interference with the FDAs findings. The FDA recently signaled its intent to offer OTC access to Plan B for all women, but today in steps Secty. of Health and Human Services, Katherine Sibilius to derail the plan claiming that more research is needed.
Plan B is a drug that interferes with ovulation, fertilization and womb implantation of a fertilized drugs. If implantation occurs before the drug is taken it has no effect. There is no serious scientific opposition supporting constraints on its use by all women. Universal OTC access to the drug is supported by the AMA, ACOG (“American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology”) and American Public Health Association. It would be interesting to know what the under the table deal is that lead to this decision which cannot be justified in terms of bioethics or medical science. More political fiddling with other people's wombs.