Bush Gives Support for Plan B

I was very surprised by President Bush’s comments yesterday at a White House news conference.

Bush was questioned by the Washington Examiner about Plan B and said, “I believe that Plan B ought to require a prescription for minors.”

Bush said he backed acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, who told Barr Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Plan B last month: “We believe that the appropriate age for [over-the-counter] access is 18.”
Bush noted at yesterday’s news conference that, “I support Andy’s decisions.”

I was quoted in today’s Washington Examiner on this issue and noted:
“This represents a turnaround in the position of the administration, which has been opposed to making Plan B available over the counter. It’s a step in the right direction. And I hope it means that the FDA will approve Plan B for over-the-counter use this week.”

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