Daily Archives: February 3, 2012

Komen’s Resumes Donating Grants to Planned Parenthood

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Despite the fact that just recently Susan G. Komen For the Cure decided to cut funds that went toward Planned Parenthood, the founder and CEO announced on Feb. 3 that the group would not be cutting funds.

The nation’s largest breast-cancer advocacy agency had announced earlier that they would cut funds that went toward Planned Parenthood because the group was under Republican-led federal investigation, influenced by anti-abortion advocates.

In a statement, Nancy G. Brinker, the agency’s ambassador, said “We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants.  We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.”

The statement has reiterated that Komen’s original decision had not been “done for political reasons, or specifically to penalize Planned Parenthood.”

Komen’s has amended its new criteria to ensure that to disqualify a group or company from receiving a grant, the investigations done on them must be “criminal and conclusive” in nature.

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, said in a statement that she and the agency are grateful to resume their relationship with Komen.  She has credited an outpouring of support with the change.  In the three days after the original announcement, Planned Parenthood had raised $3 million and gained 10,000 new Facebook supporters.

Birth-Control Pills by Pfizer Being Recalled

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Birth-control pills by drug maker Pfizer Inc. are being recalled over packs that aren’t packaged correctly, which raises the risk of unplanned pregnancies.

Lo/Ovral-28 pills and their Norgestrel generic versions were recalled back.  The pills come in a pack that contains 21 active pills and seven sugar pills.  Women who use this form of birth control are supposed to take a certain pill every day in order to prevent pregnancy.  At the end of a monthly cycle, the inert pills are to be taken.

On Feb. 1, Pfizer said that although the company only believes 30 packs had packaging problems, which included the active and inert pills being out of order, and some packs lacking the correct amount of each kind of pill.  The company had recalled a million packs in the U.S. for safety measures.

The Food and Drug Administration office currently has not received any reports of unintended pregnancies as a result of the mishap.  Pfizer hasn’t either, but the agency is still investigation.

The pills were made and shipped last year from a Pfizer plant in New York.  To encourage correct usage, active pills are white, while the placebo pills are pink.  Pfizer learned of the mishap when a costumer complained to the company on Oct. 19 because a pink pill had been where a white pill should have been in her pack.

Pfizer notified pharmacies and distributors on Dec. 28 that they were recalling the pills and had chosen not to provide a public notice.  Late Tuesday, however, the FDA requested that the company go public with their recall.

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