Friday, November 04, 2005

House Bill to Make Emergency Contraception Available OTC

Thursday, 4 members of Congress introduced legislation regarding making Plan B emergency contraception available over-the-counter. A summary with links to press coverage/releases is available from Kaiser's Daily Women's Health Policy. The legislation requires the FDA to make a decision on allowing OTC status within 30 days of enactment of the bill; if the FDA fails to do so, the drug would automatically obtain OTC status. The bill was introduced by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Christopher Shays (R-CT), Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Joe Crowley (D-NY), members of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus. Maloney's press release is available here, and the text of the proposed legislation is available here (PDF).

Note: I haven't found this yet in the THOMAS legislative information website. When it's up, I'll post a link so you can follow the bill status.
See update post for the bill's site (including actions and status) and info on finding and contacting your Representative.
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