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  #1  
August 1st, 2006, 07:07 PM
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Plan B "emergency contraceptive" may go over the counter

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August 1st, 2006, 09:02 PM
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August 1st, 2006, 09:18 PM
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Hmmm...on one hand I think it is good that it is more available now, on the other I kinda fear that more women will use that in place of condoms...I know of girls who do that already and I can only see that getting more prevelent if its OTC. I'm not quite sure where I stand on this one yet
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August 1st, 2006, 09:21 PM
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Idont think it will discourage condom use. Its not econmical to replace condoms and it makes you feel pretty isck.
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August 2nd, 2006, 08:45 AM
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That can be sold OTC, but you have to ask the pharmacist for Sudafed??? Something wrong here. I dont' have a problem with the morning after pill...but I think you should AT LEAST have to get it from the pharmacist!!

Oh, and I've taken it before...after a rape incident, and I didn't feel sick. But I know everyone reacts to things differently...it just didnt' affect me that way.
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August 2nd, 2006, 09:09 AM
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Oh, and I've taken it before...after a rape incident, and I didn't feel sick. But I know everyone reacts to things differently...it just didnt' affect me that way.[/b]
Me too...and I didn't feel sick at all either. Don't get me wrong I do think it is a good idea and I know it wont REPLACE condom use, but I know it's gonna make it a lot easier for people to to say "oh well, we don't have a condom, we'll just use the Morning after pill" and I'm afraid that is going to make disease rates rise...but I generally do think its a good thing.
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That can be sold OTC, but you have to ask the pharmacist for Sudafed??? Something wrong here. I dont' have a problem with the morning after pill...but I think you should AT LEAST have to get it from the pharmacist!![/b]
I agree!

I'm not a total fan of Plan B though.
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That can be sold OTC, but you have to ask the pharmacist for Sudafed??? Something wrong here. I dont' have a problem with the morning after pill...but I think you should AT LEAST have to get it from the pharmacist!!

Oh, and I've taken it before...after a rape incident, and I didn't feel sick. But I know everyone reacts to things differently...it just didnt' affect me that way.[/b]


I went to the hospital for a rape kit a few years ago, it wasn't even offered to me. Is it standard that it's offered to Rape victims? Or is it possiable I went to a ghetto hospital that just dosen't care? I'm kinda mad that it wasn't offered now, it would have helped me with the worry of pregnancy a great deal I think. I didn't think to ask I guess, but I mean there were alot of other things going on in my head, ykwim? Did you have to ask or was it just offered?

I think the sudafed thing has to do with the production of Meth(?), I don't know if it works to stop it realy though, it hasn't realy helped here IMO, but that's a diffrent story all together.
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That can be sold OTC, but you have to ask the pharmacist for Sudafed??? Something wrong here. I dont' have a problem with the morning after pill...but I think you should AT LEAST have to get it from the pharmacist!!

Oh, and I've taken it before...after a rape incident, and I didn't feel sick. But I know everyone reacts to things differently...it just didnt' affect me that way.[/b]


I went to the hospital for a rape kit a few years ago, it wasn't even offered to me. Is it standard that it's offered to Rape victims? Or is it possiable I went to a ghetto hospital that just dosen't care? I'm kinda mad that it wasn't offered now, it would have helped me with the worry of pregnancy a great deal I think. I didn't think to ask I guess, but I mean there were alot of other things going on in my head, ykwim? Did you have to ask or was it just offered?

I think the sudafed thing has to do with the production of Meth(?), I don't know if it works to stop it realy though, it hasn't realy helped here IMO, but that's a diffrent story all together.
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In my experience I didn't have to ask...it was offered. But I didn't go to the hospital...I saw my gyno. There was a question of "if" I had been raped. I had been drugged...so only had some memory of it.
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August 2nd, 2006, 01:21 PM
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I think it is a good idea soley because of timing:

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How important is the timing of treatment to efficacy?

The sooner Plan B is taken after unprotected intercourse, the more effective it is. Effectiveness of Plan B declines as the interval between intercourse and the start of treatment increases. The decline in efficacy from a delay in treatment is why a broad range of health professionals believe that barriers to more timely access to Plan B should be removed, including making the product broadly available without prescription.[/b]
http://www.go2planb.com/section/about/index.html
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That can be sold OTC, but you have to ask the pharmacist for Sudafed??? Something wrong here. I dont' have a problem with the morning after pill...but I think you should AT LEAST have to get it from the pharmacist!!

Oh, and I've taken it before...after a rape incident, and I didn't feel sick. But I know everyone reacts to things differently...it just didnt' affect me that way.[/b]


I went to the hospital for a rape kit a few years ago, it wasn't even offered to me. Is it standard that it's offered to Rape victims? Or is it possiable I went to a ghetto hospital that just dosen't care? I'm kinda mad that it wasn't offered now, it would have helped me with the worry of pregnancy a great deal I think. I didn't think to ask I guess, but I mean there were alot of other things going on in my head, ykwim? Did you have to ask or was it just offered?

I think the sudafed thing has to do with the production of Meth(?), I don't know if it works to stop it realy though, it hasn't realy helped here IMO, but that's a diffrent story all together.
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Hmm...when I went they did offer it to me with the rape kit, as well as a drug that was supposed to prevent STD's, but I don't know if it is standard practice (although it should be!) Was it by chance a Catholic Hospital? I know they don't offer it b/c they see it as an early abortion
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Im glad its offered OTC, I felt absolutely horrible. I was drugged on the Friday, well at around 2 am the actual rape happend so saturday. I did not go to the police in the beginning because I felt it was my fault, being only 14 years old I was still in Highschool. The clinic is only open weekdays.

I had to go to school that morning and ask permission from my teacher to go to the clinic to get it, I told her my bf and I had sex and the condom broke, she looked at me like I was a wh....! I was mortified, then having to talk to the Dr was the WORST, a 14 year old asking for the morning after pill.. He was not pleased. I needed it though because of the timing issue like someone had mentioned.

Eventually I did go to the police etc etc but thats another story. I just agree that it should be OTC because of timing reasons and for those that really do need it may not get the chance otherwise.
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August 2nd, 2006, 07:44 PM
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I don't know how I feel about this--but I just wanted to add that Sudafed is used to make meth, that's why it's not OTC.
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August 2nd, 2006, 07:52 PM
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Sudafed is still otc isn't it? as in, you don't need a script? It's just in a different location because it can't be stolen and they can regulate how much you buy at a time correct?

Perhaps they will do the same for plan b..I'm assuming it would be expensive side so I wopuld think they would put it behind as well.

naking...typos...
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August 2nd, 2006, 11:15 PM
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Good. It needs to be out there for those who need it.
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Sudafed is still otc isn't it? as in, you don't need a script? It's just in a different location because it can't be stolen and they can regulate how much you buy at a time correct?

Perhaps they will do the same for plan b..I'm assuming it would be expensive side so I wopuld think they would put it behind as well.[/b]
Yup you dont need an actual persricption its just behind the counter for the sudafed. And I am positive it would be the same for Plan B. Its not just going to be on the shelf. OTC just means you dont need a perscription.

Here at sexual health clincs Plan B is $25. I am sure it actually costs more then that because you pay less at the clinics. I paid $5 for BC when I went there which is really between $15-$30 depending on type/brand.
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I don't know how I feel about this--but I just wanted to add that Sudafed is used to make meth, that's why it's not OTC.[/b]
True..but not everyone who uses Sudafed makes meth. Just like not everyone who buys bleach off the shelf is making bombs.

I don't have a problem with it if its where they have to ask the pharmacist for it. No prescription necessary IMO.
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True..but not everyone who uses Sudafed makes meth. Just like not everyone who buys bleach off the shelf is making bombs. [/b]
Exactly! And not everyone buying Plan B is using it as their only form of birth control.
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