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December 20, 2003
Re "Crucial Option for Women," editorial, Dec. 15: The Times should be applauded for endorsing the over-the-counter sale of emergency contraception, or the so-called morning-after pill. Increased access to emergency contraception would be extremely beneficial to the women of this country who want to avoid an unwanted pregnancy after having unprotected sex, in too many cases because of rape or incest. And emergency contraception meets all customary Food and Drug Administration requirements for over-the-counter use: It is safe, there is no potential for overdose or addiction, no medical screening is required, the need it fills can be self-diagnosed, the dosage is uniform and it has no important drug interactions.
April 10, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO--The Assembly approved a measure Thursday that would permanently extend a provision allowing pharmacists to sell syringes without a prescription. Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), the bill's author, said expanding access to sterile needles is "the best way to stop the spread of some very deadly diseases. "   Public health experts say the use of shared needles among intravenous drug users contributes to the spread of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Current state law that allows pharmacists to dispense up to 30 needles at a time without a prescription is set to expire at the end of this year.  The bill, AB 1743, would permanently allow pharmacists to sell syringes over the counter.
Six youths were hospitalized after overdosing on more than 60 sleeping pills at a roller-skating rink in Orange on Friday night, police said. The three boys and three girls were kept for observation Friday night and were to be released Saturday, said Orange police Lt. John Higley. The youths, ages 12 to 15, bought the over-the-counter medication at a pharmacy before going to the skating rink in the 100 block of North Wayfield Street, he said. An employee of the skating rink thought one of the youths appeared to be under the influence of drugs and called police, Higley said.
June 20, 2013 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step for use without a prescription or age restrictions, effectively ending more than a decade of legal and regulatory wrangling over the controversial morning-after pill. In a statement, the FDA said its action complied with an order by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of New York, who had openly criticized the George W. Bush and Obama administrations for imposing restrictions on the sale of the pill for political reasons.
April 9, 2007
The outstanding article "Take Charge of Drug Costs" [March 19] left out one important method. At least six medications are very inexpensive. For example, hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic) can cost $13.33 for 100 25-milligram tablets, so why buy just 30 tablets at the time, one per day, on insurance if the co-payment is $10? Ask your independent pharmacist for other ways to save money on prescriptions and over-the-counter health products. BOB BROWN Cambria
June 2, 1989 | From Reuters
Sun Microsystems said Thursday that it may report a loss in the current quarter on lower-than-expected revenue. Sun shares fell $1.25 on the news to $20.75 as the most actively traded issue in the over-the-counter market. The company cited several factors for the expected shortfall, including slowed production because of switching to a new management information system. Sun also said it introduced five products in the quarter, making it difficult to forecast its product mix.
March 3, 2008
Re: [“The Healthy Skeptic: Can You Find Youth in DHEA?”, Feb.25], I'm always amazed at the way medicine looks at products. DHEA may not work as promised because the body is not a group of isolated systems. As we age, many substances decrease. Replacing one will not work. We need to replace the entire cocktail. It's important to be cautious about over-the-counter products. But let's not dismiss products because of superficial testing that doesn't take all the issues into account.
December 18, 1990
Impaired? Yes, I would be impaired. But I would be impaired if I had three cups of coffee in an hour, too. And, while we're at it, how about all those people driving around under the influence of over-the-counter cold remedies? I've been a lot more impaired under the influence of an antihistamine than when I've had three beers. Will over-the-counter drugs be next in this prohibition-by-degree movement? I'm not saying I'm pro-drunk driver. To the contrary, I'm glad that there are drunk driving laws that are being enforced.
January 14, 2008 | From Times wire reports
About 5.3% of Americans ages 12 to 25, or 3.1 million people, have used a cold or cough medication to get high, a government survey found. About 1 million did so in the last year. Procter & Gamble Co.'s NyQuil was the over-the-counter medicine most frequently chosen to achieve a high, at about 30%. Schering-Plough Corp.'s Coricidin was used by 18.1%, of the young people, and 17.8% of them cited Wyeth's Robitussin, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The survey was conducted and released by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Olympic sprint champion Florence Griffith Joyner died after suffering an epileptic seizure, according to autopsy results released Thursday, and her family and friends say they hope the findings will put to rest rumors that drug use contributed to her death. Griffith Joyner died last month in her sleep at age 38. Her husband, Al Joyner, bitterly criticized those who suggested that she took performance-enhancing drugs.
June 20, 2013 | By Amina Khan
The Food and Drug Administration has approved over-the-counter use of an emergency contraceptive called Plan B One-Step for use by all women and girls who can potentially bear children, no matter how young, the agency announced Thursday. But the move does not approve similar non-prescription use for other generic emergency contraceptives. The FDA says it "has fulfilled its commitment" with a court order issued by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman, according to an agency release.
June 10, 2013 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration dropped its long-standing opposition to over-the-counter sales of a controversial morning-after pill Monday and decided to permit consumers of any age to buy Plan B One-Step without a prescription. In papers filed in federal court in New York, government attorneys announced that the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services would remove age and point of sale restrictions on the emergency contraceptive, pending approval by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman.
May 11, 2013 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
In yet another scathing critique of government health officials, a federal judge refused Friday to stay his order making emergency contraceptives available to consumers of all ages without a prescription. Calling government efforts to restrict the sale of drugs such as Plan B "frivolous and taken for the purpose of delay," U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman of New York wrote that the medications would be available to all unless the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled otherwise by noon Eastern time on Monday.
May 3, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The Obama administration overstepped its legal authority - and injected politics into what should have been a scientific decision - when it ordered the FDA to limit the availability of a common morning-after contraceptive without prescription to girls and women 17 and older. The FDA had already evaluated the drug and determined that it was safe for females of all ages and should be available to all. That's why U.S. District Court Judge Edward R. Korman last month overruled the administration's decision and ordered that the drug be made available without prescription to females regardless of age. The judge was absolutely right.
November 28, 2012
Re "New policy urged on Plan B for teens," Nov. 26 As a physician and former high school teacher, I agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation of giving teens advance prescriptions for emergency contraception. I've had too many adolescent patients with unplanned pregnancies who were unaware that emergency contraception might have been an option. I've seen what an unintended pregnancy can do to a young person's health and future. We doctors owe our patients a chance to take emergency contraception, an extremely safe medication that can change their lives.
November 20, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a call Tuesday for birth control pills to be sold over the counter. Currently oral contraceptives are available only with a doctor's prescription. In a policy statement, the organization argues that making birth control pills easier to get will translate into fewer unwanted pregnancies. These unplanned pregnancies remain a major problem in the United States, they write, accounting for approximately 50% of all pregnancies.
March 2, 1988 | JESUS SANCHEZ and MARTHA GROVES, Times Staff Writers
Boys Markets--the 54-store Los Angeles supermarket chain built on catering to Southern California's burgeoning minority communities--said Tuesday that it has received a $130.7-million takeover offer, reportedly from a wealthy Mexican family. The announcement comes as the Los Angeles supermarket industry is being shaken by a round of takeovers and mergers.
December 22, 2008 | Erin Cline Davis
Statins are available only by prescription in the U.S. -- in contrast to the United Kingdom, where in 2004 a low dose (10 milligrams) of simvastatin, sold as Zocor Heart Pro by Merck & Co., was approved for sale without a prescription, although still not exactly over the counter. Patients must consult with a pharmacist to determine whether they qualify for statin treatment.
April 24, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Six teenagers have shown up in two San Fernando Valley emergency rooms in the last few months with alcohol poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer, worrying public health officials who say the cases could signal a dangerous trend. Some of the teenagers used salt to separate the alcohol from the sanitizer, making a potent drink that is similar to a shot of hard liquor. "All it takes is just a few swallows and you have a drunk teenager," said Cyrus Rangan, director of the toxicology bureau for the county public health department and a medical toxicology consultant for Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
February 20, 2012 | By Malcolm Potts
Presidents, politicians and physicians are fighting over who should pay for contraception, and women are getting hurt in the process. Roman Catholic bishops reject even President Obama's recent compromise not requiring religiously affiliated hospitals and universities to pay for contraception, saying it does not meet their standard of "religious liberty and moral convictions. " Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards calls the row over insurance payments part of "a misleading and outrageous assault onwomen's health.
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