FDA To Consider Sale of Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pills

FDA To Consider Sale of Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pills

This New Loophole May Bypass the Supreme Court’s Ruling

(NewsReady.com) – Birth control currently requires a prescription from a doctor. In the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, policymakers are looking for ways to protect women’s healthcare. The FDA could make it easier to purchase contraception.

On July 11, HRA Pharma submitted an application to the US regulator to allow it to sell birth control over the counter. The France-based pharmaceutical company reportedly compiled years of data to try to convince the FDA that women can screen themselves to use birth control pills effectively.

Frederique Welgryn told the Associated Press that millions of women have safely used the “product that has been available for the last 50 years,” and the pharma company decided it was time for the FDA “to make it more available.”

The FDA is expected to make a decision about the pill, called Opill, next year. The company bought the drug from Pfizer in 2014, but it’s not marketed in America. It’s a progestin-only pill that doesn’t increase the risk of blood clots or stroke. Cadence Health is also discussing the possibility of allowing one of its pills to be bought over-the-counter, too. That medication is a progestin and estrogen combo.

Birth control pills need a prescription because of serious possible side effects. However, there is a workaround in the US right now. Over the years, people have turned to companies like Nurx, a telehealth service, that ships low-cost medications like contraceptives to people’s homes. However, it isn’t as accessible as being able to buy the medications at the local pharmacy.

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