In a shocking move yesterday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius put junk science ahead of women’s rights. She announced that HHS would reject a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration that Plan B (the so-called “Morning After” Pill) be made available to all women without a prescription. It is currently available over the counter to women over 17. Rather than extend the common-sense measure of OTC availability to any woman or girl who might need this medication, proven to be safe, Sebelius offers this bizarre illogic:
However, the switch from prescription to over the counter for this product requires that we have enough evidence to show that those who use this medicine can understand the label and use the product appropriately. […]
So we’re going down the road of insisting patients take a reading test to get their medication? What about the 40-year-olds who can’t “understand the label?” What about potentially lethal medication like diet pills that are available OTC to girls of any age? This decision makes no sense and retains a dangerous barrier to getting medication that needs to be taken as promptly as possible.
What’s up, Madame Secretary? After making a strong move for women’s health care just four months ago, why this strange, dangerous decision. Make the right move and change your stand now!