Obama Backs Morning-After Pill Limits
Calls for 'common sense' about over-the-counter drugs
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 9, 2011 2:50 AM CST
The Plan B pill, also known as the 'morning after' pill, is displayed on a pharmacy shelf in Boston.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – President Obama supports Kathleen Sebelius' unusual decision to overrule an FDA move to make the morning-after pill easier for younger girls to buy, he said yesterday. Obama said he "did not get involved in the process," but endorsed the health secretary's rejection of the agency's effort to allow girls under 17 to get the pill without a prescription, the New York Times reports.

"As the father of two daughters, I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine," Obama said. He cited concerns that the medication, "if not used properly, could end up having an adverse effect. And I think most parents would probably feel the same way." Obama's move prevents a showdown with conservatives, but angered some women's groups. "At this point we really want to be talking to a core segment of women voters about the president’s strong record on women’s health and freedom," said a rep for one organization.

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Dec 9, 2011 7:09 PM CST
Damn....something I agree on with Obama. Now I feel all dirty and tainted.....All kidding aside, just making it easy for a 12 to 13 year old or slightly older to go up like they are buying chicklets, is a recipe for disaster. At that age they are too naive, too ill informed, to make sound and safe decisions about their body. Here is a bit to scare the shit out of you.......And the FDA thinks a scared 16 year old is going to know this, and make a good decision?????? yeah right ..... Black Box Warnings Cigarette smoking & risk of cardiovascular diseaseCigarette smoking increases risk of serious cardiovascular adverse effects from combination hormonal contraceptive useThis risk increases w/ age (>35 yr) & w/ heavy smoking (15 or more cigarettes/day)Advise women who use hormonal oral contraceptives not to smoke Documented hypersensitivity Active or history of breast cancer Arterial thromboembolic disease (stroke, MI), thrombophlebitis, DVT/PE, thrombogenic valvular disease Estrogen-dependent neoplasiaLiver disease, liver tumors Undiagnosed abnormal vaginal bleeding Uncontrolled hypertension Diabetes mellitus with vascular involvement, jaundice with prior oral contraceptive use Genital actinomycosis, cervicitis or vaginitis, conditions associated with increased susceptibility to infections (eg, leukemia, AIDS, IV drug abuse), history of ectopic pregnancy, postpartum endometriosis, unremoved IUD, pelvic inflammatory dz, uterine anomaly, liver diseaseCautionsFamily history of breast cancer and or DVT/PE, current/history of depression, endometriosis, DM, HTN, bone mineral density changes, renal/hepatic impairment, bone metabolic disease, SLE; conditions exacerbated by fluid retention (eg, migraine, asthma, epilepsy).Discontinue if the following develop jaundice, visual problems (may cause contact lens intolerance), any signs of VTE, migraine with unusual severity, significang blood pressure increase, severe depression, increased risk of thromboembolic complications after surgery.Discontinue 4 week before major surgery or prolonged immobilization. Patients on warfarin, oral anticoagulants (increase in anticoagulant dose may be warranted).Some studies link OCP use with increased risk of breast cancer, whereas other studies have not shown a change in risk. Woman's risk depends on conditions where naturally high hormone levels persist for long periods of time including early onset menstruation before age 12, late onset menopause, after age 55, first child after age 30, nulliparity.Increased risk of cervical cancer with OCP use, however HPV remains as main risk factor for this cancer. Evidence suggests long-term use of OCPs, 5 or more years, may be associated with increased risk.Increased risk of liver cancer with OCP use; risk increases with longer duration of OCP use.
Dec 9, 2011 4:13 PM CST
I am extremely pro-choice but I have to agree with this decision, Plan B has some serious side affects and should be distributed through a pharmacy.
Dec 9, 2011 11:21 AM CST
something I can agree with Big O on. I was raised that you are responsible for your actions. I think a lot of people want the cake, but no greens. with freedom comes responsibilities.