#1 New Warning: Morning-After Pill Doesn't Work for Women Over 176 Pounds
11-26-2013, 12:30 AM
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From the leftiest of lefty mags, Mother Jones....
New Warning: Morning-After Pill Doesn't Work for Women Over 176 Pounds
The European manufacturer of a pill identical to Plan B says its product won't work for women who weigh more than 176 pounds. Will American pharma companies warn women of weight limits?
The European manufacturer of an emergency contraceptive pill identical to Plan B, also known as the morning-after pill, will warn women that the drug is completely ineffective for women who weigh more than 176 pounds and begins to lose effectiveness in women who weigh more than 165 pounds. HRA Pharma, the French manufacturer of the European drug, Norlevo, is changing its packaging information to reflect the weight limits. European pharmaceutical regulators approved the change on November 10, but it has not been previously reported.
This development has implications for American women. Some of the most popular emergency contraceptive pills sold over the counter in the United States—including the one-pill drugs Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, and My Way, and a number of generic two-pill emergency contraceptives—have a dosage and chemical makeup identical to the European drug. Weight data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that, at 166 pounds, the average American woman is too heavy to use these pills effectively.
These pills, which use a compound called levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancies, are the most effective morning-after pills available without a prescription. Other pills sold in the United States require a prescription, are less effective at preventing pregnancy, or cause side effects such as nausea or vomiting. Plan B One-Step, which retails for $50, is the only emergency contraceptive drug in the United States available to women of all ages without a prescription.
Emergency contraception advocates reacted to the news about Norlevo with dismay. "There's a whole swath of American women for whom [these pills] are not effective," says James Trussell, a professor of public affairs at Princeton and a senior fellow with the Guttmacher Institute, a think tank for reproductive health issues.
Data for the years 2007 to 2010 show the average weight of American women 20 years and older is 166.2 pounds—greater than the weight at which emergency contraceptive pills that use levonorgestrel begin to lose their effectiveness. The average weight of non-Hispanic black women aged 20 to 39 is 186 pounds, well above the weight at which these pills are completely ineffective. A CDC survey published in February found that 5.8 million American women used emergency contraceptive pills from 2006 to 2010.....
11-26-2013, 12:59 AM
This has to be done. sorry.
11-26-2013, 04:41 AM
It will be interesting to see what our FDA does.
I ordered extra Plan B for the holidays. I sell a lot of it and when the demand is up I like to have a few extra in stock. Especially now that the rules are more relaxed. It has a higher GP% then condoms, I'm happy when plan A does not work out.
Sales also jump during prom, homecoming and when the carnival is in town.
11-26-2013, 02:32 PM
I would think condom sales would jump when the carnival is in town. Eww to unprotected sex with carnies. Well, eww to any sex with carnies. I would not want their skin to touch mine in any way.
Prom is the reason they make maternity clothes in junior sizes. It'll be the last time she wears junior sizes, though.
Seriously, this is one more reason why Plan B shouldn't be available over the counter. A woman should be examined by a doctor before taking it.
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