The U.S. Food and Drug Administration must reconsider its decision under the Bush Administration to limit access to emergency contraception, a U.S. court ruled on Monday. The ruling ordered the FDA to allow 17-year-olds to buy the Plan B drug without a prescription. FDA officials in 2006 allowed easier, “behind-the-counter” sales to those age 18 and older who show proof of age. The court gave the FDA 30 days to allow nonprescription use for 17-year-olds. FDA spokeswoman Rita Chappelle said the FDA had received the court’s opinion, and was “reviewing it now.” Reuters
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The New York State attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, has persuaded nine of the top 10 bonus recipients at the American International Group to give the money back, as the Senate retreated on plans to tax such bonuses. Cuomo said he was working his way down a list of A.I.G. employees, ranked by the size of their bonuses, and had already won commitments to pay back $50 million out of the total $165 million awarded this month. NY Times
The Obama administration is considering asking Congress to give the Treasury secretary unprecedented powers to initiate the seizure of non-bank financial companies, such as large insurers, investment firms and hedge funds, whose collapse would damage the broader economy, according to an administration document. Currently the government has the authority to seize only banks. MSNBC