On March 23, 2009, a U.S. District Court issued Tummino v. von Eschenbach, finding that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) over-the-counter approval process for Plan B® emergency contraception "departed in significant ways from the agency's normal procedures.”
The court ordered the FDA to immediately make Plan B available over-the-counter to 17-year olds and to reconsider making emergency contraception available without a prescription for consumers of all ages, citing the overwhelming consensus among scientists at the FDA in support of the switch without restrictions. The FDA complied with the first component of the order, but a year later women are still waiting for the FDA to act on the second part.
As a result, advocates and activists across the country are speaking out this week. They are contacting FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and telling her that it is time for the FDA to comply with the court’s decision and act now so that every woman who needs emergency contraception can get it without embarrassment or delay.
Information about the One-Year Anniversary of Tummino v. von Eschenbach:
General Information about Emergency Contraception: