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November 15, 2005

Review of 'Plan B' Bill Is Faulted

Senior Food and Drug Administration officials were told that the application to sell the "morning-after pill" without prescription was going to be rejected before the staff completed its scientific review and months before the decision was made public, government investigators reported yesterday. (Washington Post)

November 12, 2005

Warning Issued for Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch

The Food and Drug Administration warned users of the popular Ortho Evra birth control patch that they are being exposed to more hormones, and are therefore at higher risk of blood clots and other serious side effects, than previously disclosed. (Washington Post)

September 08, 2005

Susan Wood Quits FDA Over Morning After Pill

Susan Wood, the director of the FDA’s Office of Women’s Health, resigned last week over the agency’s decision to keep the morning-after pill, called Plan B, off pharmacy shelves for the forseeable future. (Village Voice)

July 17, 2005

Ortho-Evra Patch May Pose Health Risk

About a dozen women, most in their late teens and early 20s, died last year from blood clots believed to be related to the birth-control patch Ortho Evra. Dozens more survived strokes and other clot-related problems, according to federal drug safety reports obtained by The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request. (AP)

April 23, 2005

Today Sponge FDA Approved

Allendale Pharmaceuticals said Friday the Food and Drug Administration has approved U.S. sales of the Today Sponge, the favorite nonprescription birth control product of women when it was withdrawn from the market in 1995. (AP)