Skip to comments.Plan B is a Big Deal
Posted on 05/04/2013 5:57:51 AM PDT by Kaslin
This week, the FDA ruled to allow girls fifteen and up to buy Plan B emergency contraception without a prescription. Plan B One-Step is a 1.5 mg levonorgestrel, a progestin-only pregnancy prevention pill advised to be taken orally as quickly as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sex. It is not an abortion pill; it will not terminate an existing pregnancy. According to prescribing information, "The most common adverse reactions (=10%) in clinical trials included heavier menstrual bleeding (31%), nausea (14%), lower abdominal pain (13%), fatigue (13%), headache (10%), and dizziness (10%)."
Other significant information:
"Up to 10% of pregnancies reported in clinical studies of routine use of progestin-only contraceptives are ectopic. A history of ectopic pregnancy is not a contraindication to use of this emergency contraceptive method. Healthcare providers, however, should consider the possibility of anectopic pregnancy in women who become pregnant or complain of lower abdominal pain after taking Plan B One-Step. A follow-up physical or pelvic examination is recommended if there is any doubt concerning the general health or pregnancy status of any woman after taking Plan B One-Step."
A search for levonorgestrel on Drugs.com reveals the following:
Do NOT use levonorgestrel if:
you are allergic to any ingredient in levonorgestrel
you are or suspect that you are pregnant
you have abnormal vaginal bleeding
you are taking nevirapine, rifampin, or St. John's wort
you have had a stroke or history of bleeding of the brain, known or suspected breast cancer, or a blood clotting disorder
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using levonorgestrel:
Some medical conditions may interact with levonorgestrel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
if you are pregnant , planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have a history of ectopic pregnancy or you are premenstrual
if you have diabetes
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with levonorgestrel. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
Lamotrigine because its effectiveness is decreased, and when levonorgestrel is stopped, toxic effects, such as nausea, dizziness, and vision problems may occur
Antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), aprepitant, barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), bosentan, carbamazepine, felbamate, griseofulvin, HIV protease inhibitors (eg, indinavir), hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), modafinil, nevirapine, oxcarbazepine, penicillins (eg, amoxicillin), rifampin, rufinamide, St. John's wort, tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline), topiramate, or troglitazone because they may decrease levonorgestrel's effectiveness
Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because their actions and the risk of their side effects may be increased or decreased by levonorgestrel
Beta-adrenergic blockers (eg, metoprolol), corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), selegiline, theophylline, or troleandomycin because their actions and the risk of their side effects may be increased by levonorgestrel
Valproic acid because its effectiveness may be decreased by levonorgestrel
Does this sound like a drug you'd want your 15-year-old to be able to buy off the shelf repeatedly without a prescription? How many 15-year-olds you know would properly assess preconditions that may make them poor candidates for the drug, as well as responsibly monitor and tend to side effects? How many would read the full prescribing information?
Also, if a 15-year-old opts to purchase Plan B in secret, without parental or doctor consent, do you think that same kid would be likely to run to a doctor if uncomfortable symptoms emerge? Would she not be afraid that her parents would find out?
Finally, exactly what message are we sending to kids--and society at large? That there's a quick fix to carelessness? That there's no need to think before you act because the drug companies have it covered?
If this is where we're at--as a society--then we're in big trouble.
The Hillreported that President Obama has no problem with the FDA's ruling:
"The rule that's been put forward by the FDA, [Health] Secretary [Kathleen] Sebelius has reviewed, she's comfortable with it I'm comfortable with it," Obama said at a press conference in Mexico City.
Obama said he understood that there was "solid scientific evidence" that the contraception was safe for girls of that age.
"I think it's very important that women have control over their healthcare choices and when they are starting a family," Obama said.
I find this fascinating. So 15-year-olds are "women" who should "have control over their healthcare choices"? This, coming from the same man who has repeatedly treated 26-year-olds as kids who should be allowed to stay on their parents' health insurance? So, let me get this straight--a 15-year-old is woman enough to buy Plan B with no prescription or parental/doctor supervision, but a 26-year-old isn't woman enough to take care of her health insurance needs? Pardon me if I'm a little confused. Also pardon me if I don't see the logic, but rather language manipulation to appease political allies.
Any drug that alters a female's hormonal composition is a big deal. I have written about my journey with hormonal concoctions, and I assure you that they are nothing to be taken lightly. While I support access to both traditional hormonal contraceptives and Plan B, I absolutely believe that they should require a prescription/doctor supervision, particularly for minors.
Parents, talk to your kids about these drugs; it might make all the difference. Politicians, be consistent about who you do and don't consider an adult. And pundits, if you're comparing hormonal drugs of any kind to the likes of Tylenol, please take a closer look.
Abortions in the United States
Total number of abortions in the U.S. 1973-2011: 54.5 million+
234 abortions per 1,000 live births (according to the Centers for Disease Control)
Abortions per year: 1.2 million
Abortions per day: 3,288
Abortions per hour: 137
9 abortions every 4 minutes
1 abortion every 26 seconds
These statistics include only surgical and medical abortions. Because many contraceptive measures are abortifacients (drugs that induce or cause abortions), it is important not to overlook the number of children killed by chemical abortions. Since 1965, an average of 11 million women have used abortifacient methods of birth control in the United States at any given time. Using formulas based on the way the birth control pill works, pharmacy experts project that about 14 million chemical abortions occur in the United States each year, providing a projected total of well in excess of 610 million chemical abortions between 1965 and 2009.
I wish they’d let asthmatics buy albuterol inhalers without a prescription.
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Synthetic hormones are a HUGE deal. The pro-life groups have overwhelming data linking birth control pills with breast cancer; I expect to see similar correlations in Plan B. For fifteen year olds? Over the counter? This President is absolutely VILE.
IMO, after the first spate of lawsuits, this ruling will change.
The leftist “mind” is capable of holding two contradictory ideas at the same time.
The leftist “mind” does not care for logic and consistency. All it cares about is doing what it wants.
This is a country in which kids are expelled for giving an aspirin to another kid and for eating a poptart. Same country gives kids condoms and birth control pills in the school nurse’s office.
Well, what do you expect from that arrogant pos. He voted yes to live abortion when he was in the Illinois legislature, And don’t forget he sees babies as a punishment
You just KNOW, that regardless of what the instructions say, girls whi are already pregnant are going to try to use this to abort. Who knows what that will do to the baby, or the girl, especially if taken multiple times. The same kids who think you can’t get pregnant the first time or if you “do it” while standing up are the target consumers of this poison.
Wonder how long it will be before we begin to see James Sokolove Law Firm ads on tv trolling for levonorgestrel users that died or nearly died and for whom compensation might be due?
By the way, was the drug named for Levon, Trayvon’s dead brother?
I’d say this is insanity but insanity is a normal condition in this country now. Someone has said this is vile, I agree.
Plan B? But it isn’t birth control and is not to end a pregnancy? What is it for then? Pregnancy can take place almost any time after fertilization can’t it?
NOTHING good can come of this.
Do you think so? I do to. I’d sell this stock short all day long. Any company that would sell this junk, unless it is simply placebo, is out of their minds. On top of selling it they are selling it OTC. How nuts can anyone be?
Pretty dang nuts.
I have some of the same questions....
Shame on me but I actually HOPE this unsupervised form of abortion kills and maims some users. Death, a sacrament in the religion of Liberalism, is one thing they will understand. How can they ban a soda, and allow this? I keep thinking I’ve seen the worst of progressivism ...then it gets even worse. And a “president” standing at his podium saying he is comfortable with it? This isn’t my country anymore. It belongs to cheating welfare recipients, tax-sucking unions, child murderers, protected jihadis and “normal” gays. The dregs have risen to the top. I’m no longer proud to be an “American.” (now ask me again why I no longer fly the “amerikan” flag).
The next step will be to distribute at school.
I heard that a school in LA got its own abortion clinic ON CAMPUS
The most damaging result of this involves the family, more specifically the relationship between parent and child.
For thousands of years, kids have begun to test their parents’ authority in their teens. “Yes I will” has been followed by “no you won’t”.
Now, in the year 2013, here comes “But the government says I can.”
Big, big change, this, it’s an attack on the family unit that has a huge downside.
That said, it’s overreach, and it will backfire, IMHO.
Made by “Women’s Capital Corporation” division of TEVA pharma of Israel. Barr was bought by TEVA in 2008.
Women’s Capital Corp. manufactures and distributes emergency contraceptive tablets under the brand name Plan B. The company is headquartered in Washington, District Of Columbia. As of 02/26/2004, Women’s Capital Corp. is a subsidiary of Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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Not to mention that:
It's a big EFFIN deal.
Every boy should carry one in his wallet to give to the girl when he tells her he has no condom
Did I read correctly that this stuff causes ectopic pregnancies? My wife almost died from an ectopic pregnancy.
Why does the FDA have the authority to tell us what our children can buy over the counter? Buying prescription drugs is one thing.....
Bloomberg can outlaw Big Gulps. Why can’t other governors/mayors stop what they don’t like?
The major danger is when “Plan B” becomes “Plan A”.
I can see Plan B being disbursed as part of the School Lunch Program. Girls are give a pill with their lunches which they can take or discard (environmental concerns be damned). A young teen in need of Plan B should not be oppressed by having to ask a judgmental adult for birth control. :)
My local news program (ABC affiliate) is saying “WOMEN 15 years and younger.”
They interviewed a doctor who said this pill might cause a bit of nausea, but nothing more serious. That’s a lie. In her book, Abby Johnson, the Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate, described what she experienced after taking it. She suffered severe pain and hemorrhaging, and feared she was going to die.
See Post 25.
They will spike the punch at parties because the morons will have heard that Plan B makes girls want to do it.
15 year old girls and younger are not women, period
Absolutely not. Goebbels would applaud such propaganda.
But then the warning lable says:
Do NOT use levonorgestrel if:
you are or suspect that you are pregnant
Well, why not? If it doesn't terminate pregnancy what's the problem?
It is just semantics. The obstetricians redefined pregnancy to be implantation instead of conception. A decision which had no basis in science or medicine, but was purely political and money-driven. Despite the semantics these pills kill unborn children, period.
Good to know, but that's epinephrine, which has many cardiovascular side effects, unlike albuterol, which has virtually none and acts almost exclusively in the lungs. It amazes me that they'll allow adrenaline over-the-counter, but an inocuous drug like albuterol requires a prescription. I suppose that's because no one in his right mind would want the worse of the two choices.