The manufacturer of the Plan B One Step morning-after contraceptive has been granted exclusive rights by the FDA to market their drug over-the-counter without age restrictions. The decision was released earlier this week.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Teva Pharmaceuticals' Plan B One Step for over the counter sale...no prescription or proof of age required. In its decision, the FDA granted a three year period during which Teva can sell its' single tablet product exclusively on pharmacy shelves, while generic drugs will still require a prescription for young women 16 and younger.
Most metro St. Louis pharmacies carry Teva's Plan B, which is a two-pill dosage and some already have the Plan B One Step in the pharmacy. The FDA decision will now move that product on to the store shelves.
The St. Louis County Library is looking for new leadership after the library director resigned without warning.
Many library staffers were stunned to learn by email Tuesday that St. Louis County Library Director Charles Pace had resigned. The email from the president of the library board of trustees, Lynn Beckwith Junior, didn't say why Pace had stepped down.
Pace has been at the helm of the 20 branch library system for the past seven years. He's credited with helping to persuade voters to approve the library's first tax-rate increase in almost 30 years. But he was also fined by the Missouri Ethics Commission in March for failing to put the library's name on some materials promoting the tax increase.
Beckwith's email indicated that Pace's resignation is retroactive to July 12.
Business owners in Grafton, Illinois expect the tourist trade to pick up after this Friday. That's when the Grafton Ferry will start running again after being closed for the past three years. The ferry spans the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers between Missouri and Illinois.
The city of Grafton bought the landings and spent $200,000 dredging the river to remove silt buildup. The city is working on a federal grant to help cover the cost of maintaining the channel.
The 12 minute ferry ride from St. Charles to Grafton will cost $8 one way, $15 round trip. The ferry will operate from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The city will celebrate the reopening with a public ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Friday morning at the Grafton launch.