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FDA to expand Plan B availability to 17-year-olds

BY Michael Johnsen

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.

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CHPA introduces StopMedicineAbuse.org widget

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Consumer Healthcare Products Association recently introduced a StopMedicineAbuse.org widget to help spread the word about teen cough medicine abuse.

The widget is an application that allows partners, bloggers and allies to share the StopMedicineAbuse resources by adding it to their web sites or blogs. The association’s approach to preventing teen cough medicine abuse includes the StopMedicineAbuse.org web and mobile sites, Facebook, the FiveMoms Campaign online.

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McNeil Consumer Healthcare wants Americans to enjoy ‘the great outdoors’

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. McNeil Consumer Healthcare and the National Park Foundation on Monday announced a partnership designed to encourage everyone, including people with allergies, to pledge to spend more time enjoying outdoor moments with friends and family.

To kick off the campaign, Discovery Channel’s international explorer and wilderness survival expert, Josh Bernstein, set up camp at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 17, reminding people that spring is the perfect time to start enjoying the outdoors, and camping is a great way to do just that.

“We are proud to partner with the National Park Foundation to protect our parks and encourage everyone to visit these very special places,” stated Jorge Leon, Benadryl product director. “We understand that for people with allergies, enjoying time in one of America’s National Parks, or any outdoor destination, may take just a little more planning, but the outdoor moments you enjoy with friends and family make it worth it.”

As part of the partnership, McNeil is donating $200,000 to the NPF. In addition, until June 15, a $1 donation will be made each time someone visits www.BenadrylMoments.com and enters a unique promotion code found on specially marked packages of Benadryl. Consumers are also encouraged to visit www.BenadrylMoments.com where they can pledge to enjoy a moment outdoors.

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