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This Week Marks Ten Years of Women Accessing Medication Abortion in the U.S.

On September 28, 2000, the FDA approved the drug mifepristone, in combination with misoprostol, for usage in a medical abortion pill. Formerly known as RU-486 and now marketed as Mifeprex, the drug offers women an alternative to surgical abortion. According … Continue reading

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Men who have Sex with Men Still Prohibited from Donating Blood

On June 11th the Federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability refused to recommend a change in restrictions that would allow men who have sex with men (MSM) to donate blood. The review began after Senator John Kerry and … Continue reading

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FDA Approves One-Pill Plan B and Lowers Age Requirement for OTC Use

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a one-pill version of Plan B, called Plan B One Step. Additionally, the FDA has approved marketing the drug to women age 17 and older. In a press release, the FDA said that … Continue reading

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FDA Approves Generic Version of Plan B As Problems Remain for Young Women’s Access

Last week, the FDA approved the first generic emergency contraception pill, known as levonorgestrel. The drug will be available to women ages 17 and older beginning Aug. 24, 2009, when Plan B’s over-the-counter patent protection expires. This news marks considerable … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Relieves Constraints on Plan B

Good news for reproductive rights! On Monday, a federal judge ruled that the Food and Drug Administration must make the emergency contraceptive Plan B available without a prescription to anyone aged 17 and older. Currently, the medication is only available … Continue reading

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Yaz Ads Under Fire

You might have noticed that new TV ads for the birth control pill Yaz are mentioning that the FDA wants them to correct a few points they made in previous ads. The FDA criticized Bayer for overstating the drug’s ability … Continue reading

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