Posted at 9:57 AM Mar 25, 2009
By Kathleen Willcox
A federal court has ruled that the FDA caved to pressure from the Bush administration to require a minimum age of 18 to get Plan B over the counter (the Senate confirmation of Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach as the agency's commissioner was reportedly threatened to be held up indefinitely unless the FDA played ball).
In Judge Edward Korman's ruling, he urged the FDA to consider lifting all age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the pill.
Northrup, the president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which filed the suit against the agency, called the ruling a "complete vindication of the argument that reproductive rights advocates have been making for years, that in the Bush administration it was politics, not science, driving decisions around women's health."
The FDA has 30 days to comply with the ruling. Dr. Susan Wood, who headed up the agency's Office of Women's Health but quit in protest over the FDA's handling of the situation, called the decision a chance to "restore the scientific integrity of the F.D.A."