Last edited by digsbe; 04-05-13 at 07:17 PM.
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Here's my take on the issue.
I think this was a bad court decision. I think the FDA and boards have every right to label Plan B as a prescription item for minors. No drug is truly safe. Plan B is a synthetic hormone used to prevent ovulation and isn't an abortion pill. The hormone in it is also used at lower doses as a combination with estrogen (usually) in some prescription birth controls.
When I was a teenager one of my friends illegally obtained Plan B by having an 18 year old friend buy it for her. She shared with me how it messed up her period, made her very very nauseous to the point of vomiting and had put her at home for 2 days. This is a common side effect in adult women and I fear that in pubescent girls or even prepubescent girls would have a higher impact. I think it would be good medical practice to evaluate minors before allowing them to take Plan B (which is the purpose of a prescription). I also think that the parents have a right to know and be notified. I don't think it should be given to minors without a healthcare professional's evaluation and judgement on the issue. I think the patients also need to be counselled.
I do recognize that there is a problem with access to this medication in minors. Because Plan B has a narrow time limit for activity and it's activity is better the sooner you can take it after unprotected sex I think that requiring someone to be seen by a physician/NP/PA and getting a prescription is too much of a barrier. I think that what should be required is that the parents go with the child to the pharmacy and have the pharmacist do the evaluation and have the medication available under the protocol of being counselled and safe use conditions. The parents would be notified of the drug's usage and would have to approve, the barrier to needing to make an appointment with a physician/NP/PA would be removed and conditions of safe use and evaluation would be set in place with the patient being adequately counselled. I also think this would help reduce the possibility for abuse.
Last edited by digsbe; 04-05-13 at 11:34 PM.
Again, do not let the facts get in the way of your ideological hostility, whatever you do.