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Lancet urges EC approval

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Acting FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, should take an independent stand in the face of political pressure and approve Barr Pharmaceuticals Rx-to-OTC switch application for Plan B emergency contraceptive, according to an editorial in The Lancet May 20. "Von Eschenbach should move quickly to approve Plan B to show he has the independence needed to be an effective leader of the FDA," the British journal states. FDA has been "stalling" on issuing a decision for the emergency contraceptive for over a year, "apparently to avoid offending antiabortion supporters of President Bush, who claim that the contraceptive is an abortifacient," the piece asserts...

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