Court Overturns FDA's Political Science Limits on Plan B Contraceptive


U.S. District Court judge has ruled that the Food and Drug Administration had improperly denied women younger than 18 access to the morning-after pill Plan B without a prescription. As the Washington Post reports:

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U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman in New York instructed the agency to make Plan B available to 17-year-olds within 30 days and to review whether to make the emergency contraceptive available to all ages without a doctor's order.

In his 52-page decision, Korman repeatedly criticized the FDA's handling of the issue, agreeing with allegations in a lawsuit that the decision was "arbitrary and capricious" and influenced by "political and ideological" considerations imposed by the Bush administration.

"These political considerations, delays and implausible justifications for decision-making are not the only evidence of a lack of good faith and reasoned agency decision-making," he wrote. "Indeed, the record is clear that the FDA's course of conduct regarding Plan B departed in significant ways from the agency's normal procedures regarding similar applications to switch a drug from prescription to non-prescription use."

Reason detailed some of the political shenanigans over Plan B here and here

Whole Post article here