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Science, Politics, and Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception

Science, Politics, and Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception VIEWPOINT ONLINE FIRST Science, Politics, and Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception In his inaugural address in January 2009, Obama her- Robert Steinbrook, MD alded a new era that would “return science to its rightful place” in government. In March 2009, he ended the ban on N DECEMBER 7, 2011, HEALTH AND HUMAN SER- federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and di- vices Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the rected the head of the White House Office of Science and US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) de- Technology Policy “to develop a strategy for restoring sci- Ocision that levonorgestrel emergency contra- entific integrity to government decision making” and “to en- ception (sold under the brand name Plan B One-Step) was sure that in this new administration, we base our public poli- safe and effective for all women of childbearing potential, cies on the soundest science; that we appoint scientific regardless of their age, and should be approved for sale as a advisors based on their credentials and experience, not their nonprescription drug. Plan B One-Step is a single-dose 1.5-mg politics or ideology; and that we are open and honest with tablet of levonorgestrel that should be taken as soon as pos- the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Science, Politics, and Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception

JAMA , Volume 307 (4) – Jan 25, 2012

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2012 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2011.1957
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22182592
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Abstract

VIEWPOINT ONLINE FIRST Science, Politics, and Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception In his inaugural address in January 2009, Obama her- Robert Steinbrook, MD alded a new era that would “return science to its rightful place” in government. In March 2009, he ended the ban on N DECEMBER 7, 2011, HEALTH AND HUMAN SER- federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and di- vices Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the rected the head of the White House Office of Science and US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) de- Technology Policy “to develop a strategy for restoring sci- Ocision that levonorgestrel emergency contra- entific integrity to government decision making” and “to en- ception (sold under the brand name Plan B One-Step) was sure that in this new administration, we base our public poli- safe and effective for all women of childbearing potential, cies on the soundest science; that we appoint scientific regardless of their age, and should be approved for sale as a advisors based on their credentials and experience, not their nonprescription drug. Plan B One-Step is a single-dose 1.5-mg politics or ideology; and that we are open and honest with tablet of levonorgestrel that should be taken as soon as pos- the

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 25, 2012

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