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Unformatted text preview: Axia College Material Reproduction and Childbirth 23:35:51 TED KOPPEL (ABC NEWS) (OC) Perhaps because it’s been called the morning-after pill, there’s some genuine confusion as to what it does and does not do. So, let’s begin by explaining what Plan-B, the other name by which the pill is known, let’s begin by explaining what it is not. It is not the same thing at all as RU- 486. I can see some of your eyes glazing over already. But a few years back, RU-486, which was developed in Europe and ultimately approved only by prescription here in the United States, was a raging political debate. It was, quite simply, a chemical abortion pill. Plan-B is not. In reality, it works just like a high-test birth control pill. But if taken as soon as possible, within 72 hours after intercourse, it prevents pregnancy by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary, or -and this is the controversial part, by preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus. Plan-B has actually been available by prescription since 1999. Controversy arose four years later in 2003, when the drug’s distributor tried to get the Food and Drug Administration to approve Plan-B for sale over the counter. A few weeks ago, and the event got lost in the Hurricane Katrina story, back at the end of August, the director of the FDA’s office of women’s health, resigned over the agency’s decision to keep Plan-B from being sold over the counter. Susan Wood will be giving her first television interview tonight. But first, some more background from ABC News correspondent Lisa Stark. 23:37:35 LISA STARK (ABC NEWS) (VO) In December 2003, two FDA advisory committees met to decide whether Plan-B, the morning-after pill, should be sold without a prescription. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor....
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- Spring '10
- Economics, Food and Drug Administration, Hormonal contraception, Patty Murray, wendy wright, LISA STARK