After years of indefensible political wrangling, the FDA has finally agreed to make Plan B (aka the "morning after" pill) available sans prescription, albeit to those aged 18 and up.
Let the glut of unprotected sex with multiple partners begin! Re-open Studio 54! The good times are here again! Woohoo! What's there to worry about now that we've got Plan B?
Seriously, while Plan B won't prevent any sexually transmitted diseases, it will safely prevent a woman from getting pregnant if used within a certain time frame after the deed is done. It was determined safe for over the counter (OTC) use by experts some time ago, but the former head of the FDA put it on the backburber nonetheless. Could it be he had a personal issue with Plan B?
Probably. He reportedly was one of those "moralistic" types who think preventing pregnancy is tantamount to abortion, which is of course tantamount to murder.
Though Plan B will be available OTC, it will actually be BTC. That is, behind the counter. Pharmacists will keep it away from customers' hands, instead requiring them to ask for the drug. Kind of like cigarettes, I guess.
If it makes the FDA feel better about putting Plan B behind the counter, fine. If they think that they've in some way won a compromise, let them think it.
The fact is, whether a product's behind the counter or not, a customer still has to take it to the register to pay for it; in this instance that would enable the pharmacist to enforce the age restriction. Or are they expecting a rash of Plan B shoplifting incidents?
Perhaps what the FDA was thinking is that the potential embarrassment of having to ask for the product versus just putting your money down on the counter may discourage a few inhibited people from buying it. You know, the old teen-buying-condoms scenario.
Which begs the question: What's to keep kids from getting an adult to buy Plan B for them?