Teens Still Need a Prescription for Plan B

You may have heard by now that yesterday afternoon U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebilius overrode the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration to make Plan B One Step emergency contraceptive available over the counter without prescription to all women. Per Sebilius’ decision, those under the age of 17 will continue to need a prescription to obtain emergency contraception. According to reports, this is the first time on record that a HHS Secretary has utilized her authority to veto a recommendation made by the FDA. Read More Teens Still Need a Prescription for Plan B

Pharmaceutical Industry Gouges Women with Plan B’s Absurd Price

Two days ago I found myself in the sticky situation of having to run out to my local Walgreen’s and pick up Plan B. A few aspects of the popular morning after pill have been modified in the year-plus-change since I last bought it–firstly, it’s now Plan B “One Step,” so you only have to swallow one crazy-large pill, instead of two medium-sized ones at a twelve-hour interval. Secondly, and far less convenient, Walgreen’s now charges a whopping $50 for one dose of Plan B instead of $40. Read More Pharmaceutical Industry Gouges Women with Plan B’s Absurd Price