University of PA NextGenJournal article takes exception to the HHS Secretary's decision to block OTC sales of the Morning After Pill or Plan B to minors under 17. Some of the amazing points of view decry that the govt. does not trust young girls!!
"The most disheartening aspect of this is the lack of trust the government puts in the decisions of young girls."
I guess this is spin off of Trust Women.
We are talking about girls under the age of 17.....trust women, trust teenagers, trust pre teens, trust the FDA. Recognize the mantra...."By politicizing sex and failing to trust teenagers to make responsible sexual choices, the Health Secretary and the President hurt reproductive justice."
Down on the Pharm blogger Karen Brauer posts a comment about trust and faith that clarifies the matter for NextGen author....
"Should we not be protecting our children from those who think it's OK for 11 year olds to have sex, and buy a drug entity which is 60 percent effective per use, which is associated with virilization of female fetuses, increased susceptibility to STDs, and osteoporosis, and is not studied in the pre-teen population?
The FDA has "proven" nothing about the safety and efficacy of levonorgestrel 1.5mg in pre-teens (or any other population). This is not the function of the FDA. It has ALSO largely abandoned the practice of analyzing evidence to establish sufficient safety and efficacy of medical entities for the market. The FDA is not succeeding at too much these days, except paper consumption.
In medical research, we accumulate evidence, but we do not provide proof. One should never trust the grandiose medical claims in which the word "proven" or "proof" is used.
We should also not be placing faith in the FDA, which has mishandled the HUGE shortages of medically vital drugs and chemotherapeutic agents. Lives have been lost and countless more are at risk because the drug supplies have become so unpredictable that rational adaptations and substitutions cannot be made in a timely manner. Our government has been exacerbating this problem while it diddles with the desires of people who want sexual access to the pediatric population."