Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius denies politics drove her decision to overrule the Food and Drug Administration’s determination that a morning-after pill should be available over the counter to all women and girls who might need it.
Sebelius said Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceuticals could re-apply to have its emergency contraceptive pill approved for younger teens and pre-teens who might be at risk of becoming pregnant, according to Bloomberg News.
Sebelius said last week thatg she was worried there wasn’t enough data showing that girls as young as 11 could really understand the label on the pills and use them safely.
“There are always opportunities for the company to come back with additional data,” Sebelius told reporters after the meeting, held at LaGuardia Community College in New York, according to Bloomberg. “Subsequent discussions can take place.”
President Obama said he supported Sebelius’s decision.