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FDA Ignoring Women’s Health with RU-486 Plan

Posted by thelamp on August 2, 2006

The Food and Drug Association said this week that it is planning to approve the abortion-inducing Plan B pill for sale without a prescription. It’s time to make your voices heard – we need to tell the FDA they are considering an even wider distribution of a drug that has been linked to the deaths of at least seven women since 2000.

Click here to send an e-mail to Andrew von Eschenbach, acting commissioner of the FDA.

The government is meeting with Barr Laboratories to negotiate over-the-counter approval of RU-486, or mifepristone. The drug is informally known as Plan B and the “morning-after pill.” Von Eschenbach this week told Barr in a letter that he believes the drug should only be sold to females age 18 or older. The FDA said the discussions could take place “in a matter of weeks.”

The timing of this announcement, in all likelihood, is not coincidental. Von Eschenbach is President Bush’s nominee to become permanent commissioner of the FDA. Hearings on his confirmation began this week. Some U.S. Senators, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., have said they’ll block any vote on his confirmation until the FDA decides on over-the-counter sales of Plan B. It won’t surprise you to learn that both senators favor making Plan B easier to get.

Plan B causes an abortion by preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg. That would be reason enough for values voters to oppose its sale in this country, with or without a prescription. If you need another reason, just look at the cases the FDA has already reported of seven women who have died after taking Plan B. If this were any other drug, it would have been pulled from the market already! Plan B is already used as a routine means of contraception, even though it requires a prescription – to make it available over the counter would send a terrible signal to young people that the consequences of casual sex can be eliminated easily with a trip to the pharmacy.

The RU-486 Suspension and Review Act of 2005, introduced in both houses of Congress last year, would require the FDA to pull the drug off the market until an independent review of the process used to rush the drug to market in 2000 is completed. Unfortunately, both bills (H.R. 1079 and S. 511) are languishing in committees.

The FDA should have pulled RU-486 from the market a long time ago – when they first knew that it was linked to the deaths of women and teenaged girls. That they are entering into discussions with the manufacturer to allow its over-the-counter sale shows that it is putting profits and politics first and women’s safety second.

It’s time to make your voice heard on this issue! Click here to send an e-mail to Dr. Von Eschenbach, asking that he end discussions to place this dangerous and immoral drug within the easy reach of any adult who asks for it and ban its sale until questions about its safety are resolved. Thanks for letting your voice be heard on this important issue!



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