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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Well, they didn't sell them to minors before, and that wasn't a big problem as far as I'm aware. I suppose that you don't think there should be an age limit on alcohol consumption either? Heck, why not let them start with the cirrhosis of the liver before they even know what's going on.
    Yes, there are medical facts to support making alcohol illegal to minors but any adult (not just males, for example) over 21 can buy it. I suspect if you require pharmacies to ask for ID many will simply not bother to stock the MAP. But maybe that's what you want, no OTC at all or only limited availability.
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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    So now only adult females should be allowed to purchase this OTC?

    Jeez, is it OK with you if I pick up my wife's birth control pills when I stop in for bread and milk? Or does she have to make a special trip just to appease you?
    I can appreciate that your wife, in particular, might want to purchase the morning after pill - unfortunately, it might stop the pregnancy but it won't erase the memory.

    However, the adults here were discussing the impact of the decision on young children.

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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    A 9, 10 or 11-year-old can. You are aware that some girls start menstruating (which means they can become pregnant) as young as age 8 and 9 years old?

    From the Judge's ruling:


    The President endorsed this decision, explaining that “the reason [Secretary Sebelius] made this decision was she could not be confident that a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old go into a drugstore, should be able—alongside bubble gum or batteries—be able to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could end up having an adverse effect.”

    The reader will observe that Secretary Sebelius did not say that, “if not used properly,” levonorgestrel-based emergency contraception could have an “adverse effect” on the youngest girls of reproductive age, nor did she include within that group girls as young as 10. Indeed, the drug is currently available to the youngest girls of reproductive age with a prescription.

    This case is not about the potential misuse of Plan B by 11-year-olds. These emergency contraceptives would be among the safest drugs sold over-the-counter, the number of 11-year olds using these drugs is likely to be miniscule, the FDA permits drugs that it has found to be unsafe for the pediatric population to be sold over-the-counter subject only to labeling restrictions, and its point-of-sale restriction on this safe drug is likewise inconsistent with its policy and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act as it has been construed.
    Instead, the invocation of the adverse effect of Plan B on 11-year-olds is an excuse to deprive the overwhelming majority of women of their right to obtain contraceptives without unjustified and burdensome restrictions.
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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    Yes, there are medical facts to support making alcohol illegal to minors but any adult (not just males, for example) over 21 can buy it. I suspect if you require pharmacies to ask for ID many will simply not bother to stock the MAP. But maybe that's what you want, no OTC at all or only limited availability.
    Limited availability to children.

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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by minnie616 View Post
    From the Judge's ruling:
    Instead, the invocation of the adverse effect of Plan B on 11-year-olds is an excuse to deprive the overwhelming majority of women of their right to obtain contraceptives without unjustified and burdensome restrictions.
    Why would they include "any" age then? Were WOMEN having a difficult time obtaining it due to the age restrictions? Of course not. They lifted the age restriction for the specific purpose of opening it up to children obviously.

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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Limited availability to children.
    Then what's to stop the 18 y/o "boyfriend" from buying it?
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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Why would they include "any" age then? Were WOMEN having a difficult time obtaining it due to the age restrictions? Of course not. They lifted the age restriction for the specific purpose of opening it up to children obviously.
    No, they overturned the age restriction because the FDA had no power to put it there in the first place. You keep getting the medical facts and politics mixed up. This court case was not about politics, it was about the FDA's authority and medical evidence.
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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    Then what's to stop the 18 y/o "boyfriend" from buying it?
    Then he is prosecuted if caught, just like we do with alcohol, or anything else that minors aren't supposed to be involved in when adults take it upon themselves to provide such things to children.

    It does NOT mean that I am trying to withhold this medication from women either. This means that I think it is reckless and irresponsible to have NO minimum age requirement for use of this drug.

    To cover your other post below, whether or not you want to read into it "politics" is up to you. I don't see it that way. I see it as a safety issue and an issue which is contradictory to our age of consent laws. This drug only has ONE purpose.

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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Limited availability to children.
    And you really don't think the price tag of about $50 per dose will limit the number of younger children buying it ?
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    Re: Judge strikes age restrictions for "morning after" pill

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Why would they include "any" age then? Were WOMEN having a difficult time obtaining it due to the age restrictions? Of course not. They lifted the age restriction for the specific purpose of opening it up to children obviously.
    I did read that some young women were asked to show their ID to prove they were at least 17 .
    But like was mentioned the FDA did not have the right to put an age restriction on it in the first place.
    Last edited by minnie616; 04-10-13 at 02:46 PM.
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