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December 7, 2011
Plan B and the FDA: Unprecedented
I haven't been blogging about the Plan B contraceptive issue, and I'm certainly staying out of the politics of the whole thing. But today's news that the FDA was planning to make it available over-the-counter, but was overruled by Health and Human Services. . .well, that brings up a question.
Can anyone else recall a case like this, where the FDA was not, in fact, the final word on drug regulation? Having HHS overrule appears to be completely legal under the provisions of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, but when's the last time it happened? And if this is the first time, how much of a precedent does it set for extra-FDA lobbying and politicking?
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