RX: MORNING AFTER PILLS

THE FDA ENCOURAGES THE EMERGENCY USE OF ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES UP TO 72 HOURS AFTER UNPROTECTED SEX

Eight out of 10 american women of childbearing age have taken the Pill to prevent pregnancy, yet most are unaware that the oral contraceptive has another use. In a somewhat higher dose, it can serve as a "morning after" drug to avoid pregnancy after unprotected sex.

That is hardly news in Europe, where for more than a decade millions of women have been using the Pill for that purpose. And it is hardly a secret to U.S. pharmaceutical companies. But drugmakers have been reluctant to market or label their products as emergency contraception pills in the U.S., fearing that it would...

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