Public Citizen Petitions FDA to Take Contraceptive Patch off the Market
Now for something completely different, an organization is petitioning the FDA to take a contraceptive off the market, and it seemingly has nothing to do with religious/political ideology. Public Citizen is advocating for a phased withdrawal of the patch from the market, noting in their petition to the agency the increased estrogen exposure and risk of blood clots as compared with the pill. Earlier this year, the FDA revised the patch’s labeling to note these same issues. The organization argues that these increased risks come with no real improvement in pregnancy prevention.
I almost don’t know how to respond when an org wants the FDA to make a contraception decision and the argument has nothing to do with restricting access for purely ideological reasons. No, seriously, it’s been too long. 😉