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Memo May Have Swayed Plan B Ruling: FDA Received 'Minority Report' From Conservative Doctor on Panel

Date: May 12, 2005
Author: Marc Kaufman
QUOTE: ...critics of the agency said it had ignored scientific evidence and yielded to pressure from social conservatives. The agency denied the charge, but an outspoken evangelical conservative doctor on the panel subsequently acknowledged in a previously unreported public sermon that he was asked to write a memo to the FDA commissioner soon after the panel voted 23 to 4 in favor of over-the-counter sales of the contraceptive, called Plan B.

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