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Generic Plan B

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Monday, pharmaceutical companies can start marketing a generic version of Plan B. I hope this will increase access to emergency contraception (EC), but I am skeptical. Part of the problem is a fundamental misunderstanding of how Plan B works (or doesn’t work, for that matter). Part of the problem is the regulatory issues which won’t change just because there’s a generic version.

I’d like to think that clinicians are better informed about EC today, but I’m not sure that’s true everywhere. However, I stumbled across a pretty cool tool that can assist you in putting together a high quality presentation on this topic, should you care to provide some training to staff or colleagues.

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Weekly Wrap-Up @ the Sustainability Site

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It’s been a terrific week out here in the mountains, but it’s just about time to go home (and then turn right back around and head to Oregon). I confess, I tried to get a new clinical guide up this week, but the mountains beckoned and it didn’t happen. Next week, I promise. In the meantime, check out what’s happening over at the sustainability site:

It’s my last day here, so I’m going to enjoy one last trail run. Have a great weekend everyone! See you back here next week from the Pacific Northwest.

Articles of Note: May Edition

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Time once again for a run down of some of the new and noteworthy articles in the current literature. Most of these are from the May/June issues; I have included a couple articles electronically available now in anticipation of print publication, as well (all from the last 4 weeks). As always, please keep in mind this in no way a comprehensive list; simply items that have caught my attention from a selection of peer-reviewed journals. Most links lead to abstracts (unless otherwise indicated); from there you can choose what’s worth a.) paying for; b.) a pilgrimage to your nearest medical library;  or c.) downloading via the full-text access you possibly have at your disposal.

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Efficacy of Emergency Contraception

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The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals has an archived webinar on the efficacy of emergency contraception.  The webinar clocks in under 45 minutes and has 1.0 CMEs attached for physicians who complete pre- and post-tests. Access is free of charge and will be available through February 2010.

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April 29, 2009 at 8:34 pm

An FHO Extra: Plan B & the FDA in Fed Court

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I’m a bit late to this story, but last week a federal court judge ordered the FDA to make Plan B available to 17 year olds without a prescription within the next 30 days and consider making it OTC for younger girls, as well. The judge  essentially ruled that the FDA had acted in bad faith and in response to political pressure. You can read the story here, here, or here. Or listen to it here.

(Hat tip to FVPF)

Written by Jenifer

March 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Emergency Contraception

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I have found that while people are pretty interested in the topic of emergency contraception, there’s not a lot of understanding about how it does (or doesn’t work). In fact, I continue to be surprised at how many SANE/SAFE trainings out there don’t really cover much about EC beyond the type of meds and doses to give. So I was happy to run across Contraception Online’s downloadable slides on the topic.

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March 20, 2009 at 9:45 am

Articles of Note

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I’m auditioning a new feature to the site: a monthly look at what’s new and notable in the literature. Obviously this won’t be a comprehensive review, since A.) there are hundreds of journals to comb through and who has that kind of time? and B.) my interests skew in a pretty specific direction so I’m sure there’s stuff out there that wouldn’t necessarily catch my attention but would be compelling and/or relevant to many of you.

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