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Stuff: Cheaper Plan B pills, Apple's CarPlay system, not-so Mighty Wings

health

Generic Plan B pills get okay (but label will be confusing)

Consumers will soon see generic versions of Plan B One-Step on drugstore shelves that will be sold to women and girls of all ages. The Boston Globe reports that the Food and Drug Administration sent letters last week to two generic manufacturers of the one-pill form of emergency contraception, telling them that they would be allowed to sell their products over the counter without a requirement that purchasers show proof of age. Plan B sells for around $50, while generic versions like My Way and Next Choice One Dose go for $20 to $35. But the One-Step label states that it is intended for women and girls 15 and older, while the FDA has directed that the generic product labels state that they should be used only by those ages 17 and over. "I'm very puzzled over this labeling issue," Martha Walz, president of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, told the Globe. "I don't know why the FDA would have any differences in labels for a generic" since it is identical to the brand name. She fears that young teenagers might purchase the more expensive product without realizing that both are equally safe and effective. It may be a few months before the generics appear in stores.

personal tech

New system coming for iPhones in cars

Apple is teaming up with major car makers to make iPhone applications easier for drivers to use while they're on the road. The system announced Monday enables iPhones to plug into cars so drivers will be able to call up maps, make calls and request music with voice commands or a touch on a vehicle's dashboard screen. Apple is calling the technology, "CarPlay." That's change from its original name, "iOS in the Car," given last June when Apple announced its plans to make its mobile operating system more compatible with automobiles. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing CarPlay this week at an auto show in Geneva. CarPlay requires Apple's latest software, iOS 7, and an iPhone 5, 5C or 5S.

fast food

McD's cuts price of not-so Mighty Wings

McDonald's is now selling its Mighty Wings at a new price of $3 for five wings, or about 60 cents each, compared with the original price of $1 a wing. Bloomberg News reports that disappointing sales left the Golden Arches with roughly 10 million pounds of frozen wings — about 20 percent of what the chain purchased — at the end of 2013 after Mighty Wings were launched last September. The wings will be sold at the discounted price "until supply runs out," McDonald's spokeswoman Lisa McComb said. — tbt* news services

Stuff: Cheaper Plan B pills, Apple's CarPlay system, not-so Mighty Wings 03/03/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 3, 2014 5:28pm]
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