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2006-07-31 17:49:56

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Non-prescription sales of a "morning-after" contraceptive could be approved for women 18 and older within weeks, U.S. health officials said on Monday after years of weighing whether to make Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s Plan B pills more easily available. The Plan B decision has seen the Food and Drug Administration lobbied relentlessly by supporters and critics of the drug and has held up confirmation of an FDA chief. "We would like to meet...

2006-07-31 13:11:33

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Non-prescription sales of a "morning-after" contraceptive could be approved for women 18 and older within weeks, U.S. health officials said on Monday in a surprise announcement after years of delays. Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s Plan B pills would be kept behind pharmacy counters and women would need to ask for them, a Food and Drug Administration official said. Anyone younger than 18 still would need a prescription. "If the conversations go...

2006-07-31 12:45:30

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Non-prescription sales of a "morning-after" contraceptive could be approved for women 18 and older within weeks, U.S. health officials said on Monday in a surprise announcement after years of delays. Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s Plan B pills would be kept behind pharmacy counters and women would need to ask for them, a Food and Drug Administration official said. Anyone younger than 18 still would need a prescription. "If the conversations go...

2006-05-23 11:48:35

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - The Vatican newspaper criticized on Tuesday comments by Italy's health minister in favor of the abortion pill, setting the tone for a drawn-out battle with the new centre-left government over its proposed social policies. L'Osservatore Romano called the RU-486 abortion pill a weapon to carry out "carefree murder," speaking out for the second time in as many days against two of Romano Prodi's women ministers, less than a week after they were sworn...

2006-05-18 12:38:15

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. Food and Drug Administration official on Wednesday defended its handling of the RU-486 abortion pill despite recent reports of deaths from rare infections in a handful of women who took the drug. The FDA has received reports of 12 deaths that may involve use of the drug, including nine in the United States, FDA Deputy Commissioner Janet Woodcock told a U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform subcommittee hearing. Of the U.S....

2006-05-17 17:50:36

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. Food and Drug Administration official on Wednesday defended its handling of the RU-486 abortion pill despite recent reports of deaths from rare infections in a handful of women who took the drug. The FDA has received reports of 12 deaths that may involve use of the drug, including nine in the United States, FDA Deputy Commissioner Janet Woodcock told a U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform subcommittee hearing. Of the U.S....

2006-05-11 13:53:08

By Susan Heavey ATLANTA (Reuters) - Reports of rare bacterial infections, including a handful of cases in women who have taken the controversial RU-486 abortion pill, are cause for concern and warrant further study, U.S. health experts said on Thursday. Two sometimes fatal bugs -- Clostridium sordellii and Clostridium difficile -- are a particular worry as antibiotic resistance grows and infections occur in people without typical risk factors, doctors and researchers said. While the...

2006-05-11 13:50:00

By Susan Heavey ATLANTA (Reuters) - Reports of rare bacterial infections, including a handful of cases in women who have taken the controversial RU-486 abortion pill, are cause for concern and warrant further study, U.S. health experts said on Thursday. Two sometimes fatal bugs -- Clostridium sordellii and Clostridium difficile -- are a particular worry as antibiotic resistance grows and infections occur in people without typical risk factors, doctors and researchers said. While the...

2006-05-11 13:40:00

By Susan Heavey ATLANTA (Reuters) - Reports of rare bacterial infections, including a handful of cases in women who have taken the controversial RU-486 abortion pill, are cause for concern and warrant further study, U.S. health experts said on Thursday. Two sometimes fatal bugs -- Clostridium sordellii and Clostridium difficile -- are a particular worry as antibiotic resistance grows and infections occur in people without typical risk factors, doctors and researchers said. While the...

2006-05-11 02:10:00

By Susan Heavey ATLANTA -- The controversial abortion pill known as RU-486 will be in the spotlight on Thursday when U.S. health officials meet to discuss an outbreak of rare bacterial infections across the country, including a handful of cases in women who took the pill. Abortion supporters and opponents plan to attend the meeting, which is open to the public, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Atlanta headquarters. Officials aim to keep the discussion focused on science...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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