The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 April 2003

Preparation F

The manufacturer of Plan B, a so-called "morning-after" pill designed for after-the-fact birth control, has requested the FDA to take the drug off prescription status.

I don't have a problem with the concept generally — please note, this is not RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill", or a variant (486DX?) thereof — but one question gnaws at me: Plan B is, in essence, a standard contraceptive pill packing a very high dosage. Routine doses are still on prescription. (As George Carlin grumbled back in 1971, "You still need a note to get laid.") There's something slightly weird about having to get a prescription for a standard dose of something while the blockbuster dose is right there on the shelf next to the Pepto-Bismol. If the FDA approves the change for Plan B, shouldn't all contraceptives of this sort come off prescription? If your answer is something like "Good Lord, nine-year-old girls would be buying them," you can see why I might be concerned.

I hasten to add that my interest in this is purely academic: my children are grown and can make their own decisions, and, well, it's not like I'm going to be putting anyone in any particular jeopardy.

Posted at 7:44 AM to Life and/or Death


I guess it could be difficult to get the prescription at 9:00 AM on a Sunday morning.

Good point about if this isn't prescription only, why should other birth control pharmaceuticals be so?

Posted by: Martin at 7:53 AM on 22 April 2003

Primarily, I suppose, because licensed physicians won't get their "cut".

Posted by: Steve at 8:04 AM on 22 April 2003

"Inspired by the most logical race in the galaxy, the Vulcans, breeding will be permitted once every seven years. For many of you this will mean much less breeding, for me, much much more." -- Comic Book Guy

Posted by: Ravenwood at 10:07 AM on 22 April 2003

I do so wish I could smirk at that. :|

Posted by: CGHill at 10:37 AM on 22 April 2003

Charles, there's always a chance...isn't hope supposed to spring eternal?

Posted by: DavidMSC at 10:12 PM on 22 April 2003

You want eternal? Think taxes.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:38 AM on 23 April 2003

To all of you visiting from kuro5hin.org: thanks. Now how in the hell did you find me?

Posted by: CGHill at 8:20 PM on 23 April 2003