Monday, April 27, 2009

Am I being, er, Tweeted?

I see some referrals to this blog from Twitter.

Since I don't use (nor really understand) Twitter, that would be kind of ironic.

17 comments:

Doug Hibbard said...

Somebody must be posting links to you from their twittering.

Although you might also make sure nobody has taken your name or blogname as a twitter name, and is impersonating you. That happened to another blogger I read. An impersonator registered on twitter with the blogger's name. Then, said impersonator started tweeting out links to the blogger's blog. Which isn't bad, but you don't know what the impersonator will say next, and people will believe it was you...

David Wolfe said...

I taut I taw a puddy tat...I did! I did!

Trinian said...

Found this: http://twitter.com/AmySuzanne7/statuses/1628336849

Mesa Mike said...

OFF TOPIC:

I wish Al Mohler would enable the meta at his blog. One of his latest posts really has my blood boiling.
Grrr...

DJP said...

Who knew? Trianian has the mad Twitter skilz!

MMike — I'll exercise hostly powers, extend the scepter, and let you launch in this meta, if it will serve God and make you feel better.

Mesa Mike said...

OK.. Thanks, Dan.

It has to do with this post.

A quote (emphasis mine):
On March 23, 2009, a federal court issued an order directing the FDA, within 30 days, to permit the Plan B drug sponsor to make Plan B available to women 17 and older without a prescription.It's bad enough what the court ordered the FDA to do, but I'm really concerned that the court ordered the FDA to do anything.

I'm disappointed that Al Mohler dind't address that.

Excuse me, but I thought the FDA was under the Dept. of HHS, part of the executive branch. What business does a court have to direct public policy in this manner? Shall we just get rid of the executive branch and let the courts make all the public policy from now on?

Have we so idolized the pronouncements of the Judicial that we allow it to usurp the legitimate functions of the other branches of Government?

DJP said...

That makes me think of President Jackson saying, "John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it."

It makes a good point, but I don't love it, because as I read it his statement is linked to a frightful injustice in our history.

Trinian said...

A few things to keep in mind for this discussion that were not mentioned in Mohler's article...
The drug has been approved by the FDA for OTC sales to women 18 or older since August 24, 2006 without judicial involvement.
Since it's submission to the FDA in 2003, Duramed has been campaigning to get it approved for OTC sale to women 16+, based on what would be perfectly reasonable arguments if the effects of this drug were not so morally and politically charged (i.e. being the first OTC drug ever that is specifically designed to kill people).
Also, though I do not understand the limits of the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in this matter, the FDA had every opportunity to appeal the decision, and did not. Make of that what you will.

Trinian said...

@Dan I also do not post to/read from/understand Twitter - but my interweb comes with Google. ;)

Sir Aaron said...

Phil and Frank Twitter all day long. It does a couple things that are useful. One it updates facebook. Two, if you are somebody that need to disseminate information in small bits quickly, it does that. My local State Senator uses Twitter to issue hourly or weekly updates about things that are currently going on in the legislature (bills, votes, etc.)

Sir Aaron said...

Mesa: The liberals have found a strategy that works for them. Instead of making laws (because they wouldn't get passed) they instead use administrative procedures to essentially regulate laws into existence. The liberal court system then tells the regulatory agencies what they must and must not enforce thereby furthering the liberal agenda. This is evident by this decision as well as the recent Supreme Court decision to make the EPA classify CO2 and other greenhouse gasses as pollutants that they must regulate. Unfortunately, you should expect this to get worse as they stack the courts with liberals.

I wonder when we'll start seeing Duramed commercials a la viagra style.

I also wonder how often the morning after pill is actually used and used properly. There just seems to be so many problems inherent in the use of this. FOr starters, how can we expect a woman to properly take this medication when she had sex without any protection and without using birth control such as the pill (which could also be used as an abortifacent). I think it's just illogical to expect that people who acted irresponsibly to then act responsibly.

Rick Beckman said...

Can't be certain the referrals are coming from my account, but I've tweeted links to what you've written on more than one occasion.

Rachael Starke said...

"...being the first OTC drug ever that is specifically designed to kill people..."

For profit.

Sir Aaron said...

I don't understand how this became OTC at all, when the same drug is used on lower dosages for regular birth control pills...Why can't you get birth control pills otc? or rather, how can you get this when you can't get bp otc?

DJP said...

Thanks, Rick. That's fine, of course. I'd just never seen a Twitter referral before.

Trinian said...

Aaron, your question is a very good one. Oral hormonal contraceptives as a class, not just the Levonorgestrel-based ones, are available only by prescription per FDA guidelines - which is one reason why the FDA denied OTC status originally in 2004.

In fact, prior to the ruling in 2006 when Plan B was approved for OTC to ages 18+, the FDA had to make a rules change for this very issue that you're talking about - to allow the same active ingredient to be marketed as both prescription and OTC. (Side note: apparently section 503.1.A's "toxicity or potentiality for harmful effect" no longer applies to unborn humans.)

Of course, now that it has been approved for OTC to a section of the population, Duramed is now reversing the argument and saying that the same active ingredient should not be marketed as OTC/prescription to different subsets of the population - per the earlier rulings that the FDA had changed for this drug. This is not done yet, and we may see both Plan B and oral contraceptives as OTC to the entire population before it ends.

Sir Aaron said...

Trinian:

This is bad news all the way around, but these issues, IMHO, affect women far more than men. I've seen first hand the emotional and physical toll that abortions take on women. I have no doubt that by making this OTC there will be some women who suffer greatly because of it. And they will find that casual sex and choice over reproduction is anything but freedom.