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EMERGENCY OCs MAY Go OTC.

Food and Drug Administration representatives questioned women's groups testifying at a recent public hearing on how to best make emergency contraceptives more readily available while still limiting access to minors. Several women's health and advocacy groups urged at the hearing on Rx-to-OTC switches that the products be moved to over-the-counter status, citing data showing they are more effective the sooner they are taken following unprotected sex. The FDA reps asked whether the access problem would be solved by an age restriction or the creation of a third class of pharmaceutical distribution, such as the behind-the-counter status used in Canada and the United Kingdom. The latter possibility is more likely now that the agency is considering moving into less clear-cut categories such as oral contraceptives, osteoporosis treatments, diuretics, and antihypertensive drugs.
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Author:Easton, Susan
Publication:OB GYN News
Date:Sep 1, 2000
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