FDA to expand Plan B availability to 17-year-olds
ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday informed Duramed Research, manufacturer of Plan B, that it may market the emergency contraceptive without a prescription to women age 17 years and older, following submission and approval of the appropriate application.
Currently, the emergency contraceptive Plan B is available behind the pharmacy counter for women over the age of 18, but as a prescription-only product for women 17 years old and younger.
The FDA decision came within the 30 days mandated by a federal court to permit the Plan B drug sponsor to make Plan B available to women 17 and older without a prescription.
“The government will not appeal this decision,” the FDA stated. “In accordance with the court’s order, and consistent with the scientific findings made in 2005 by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA notified the manufacturer of Plan B informing the company that it may … market Plan B without a prescription to women 17 years of age and older.”
Plan B is manufactured by Duramed Research, which was acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in December as part of its acquisition of Barr Pharmaceuticals.
Supervalu exec honored for raising heart disease awareness
MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu EVP and CFO Pamela Knous on Monday received the Award of Meritorious Achievement from the American Heart Association, the grocer announced.
The award, presented during the Association’s Lobby Day activities in Washington, recognizes Knous for her successful fundraising efforts in support of Go Red For Women, AHA’s program aimed at educating women about the risk factors for heart disease and urging them to take action to reduce their personal risk.
Knous served as the campaign chair for the 2008 Twin Cities Go Red For Women campaign. In this role, she led the charge to raise funds throughout the community to support local cardiovascular research and educational programs designed to drive home the message that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women and to inspire women to commit to a heart-healthy lifestyle. Under her leadership, a record $1.3 million was raised by the Twin Cities campaign alone, a sum that included Supervalu’s contribution of $50,000.
“As I accept this award, I accept on behalf of everyone who helped us achieve these record campaigns,” Knous said. “But I also accept it on behalf of every single person anywhere who has made a financial commitment to the American Heart Association – through personal donations, participation in AHA and Go Red Fundraising events, or prompted their own companies to get involved in the fight.”
As a result of Knous’ involvement and leadership, and because health and nutrition is one of Supervalu’s designated areas of focus for its charitable giving and volunteer activities, Supervalu has signed on as a national supporter of Go Red For Women through 2011.
“I want to thank the American Heart Association for the opportunity to be an advocate for Go Red For Women and for cardiovascular health,” Knous said. “I am enthusiastic about this cause – I believe that Go Red For Women has the power to capture the energy and passion of women. We as women can grab onto the Go Red For Women initiative and educate the people we love. Together, we can make a difference in women’s heart health for ourselves and for future generations.”
Nexcare Bandages partners with America’s Blood Centers
ST. PAUL, Minn. Nexcare Bandages announced earlier this month that it will partner with America’s Blood Centers on a new initiative to make blood donation a national priority by thanking donors and encouraging recurring donations.
Nexcare Bandages and America’s Blood Centers will salute blood donors with a limited edition “give” bandage, created by Nexcare, which will be distributed at blood centers nationwide June 8 through 14.
“We are passionate about this noble cause and committed to raising awareness and recognition in our communities,” stated Paul Hansen, division general manager, 3M Consumer Health Care. “The dedication of blood donors across the country is inspiring — these people are saving lives every day. We hope donors will wear their Nexcare “give” bandages with pride to show that they have donated blood and encourage others to do the same.”
In addition to use at blood centers nationwide, free samples of the Nexcare “give” bandages will be available to the public beginning May 1 ww.nexcare.com/give.
“We are grateful to all donors for their lifesaving work,” commented Don Doddridge, president of America’s Blood Centers. “With the economy in flux, we encourageAmericans to remember there are many ways to give back. If you consider that just one hour of your time is enough to save three lives, giving blood regularly is a great way for volunteers to serve their community.”