Detroit Free Press: Ob-Gyn Group: Make The Pill Over The Counter, Cut Unintended Pregnancies
In an attempt to reduce unintended pregnancies that cost the nation an estimated $11.1 billion a year, the nation's largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists said Tuesday that oral contraceptives should be available without a prescription (Erb, 11/21).
USA Today: OB-GYN Group: Birth Control Pill Should Be On Shelves
Birth control pills are so safe and important to women that they should be sold on drugstore shelves, without a doctor's prescription, says a group representing many of the doctors who prescribe them. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) takes the perhaps-surprising stance in an opinion released today and published in the December issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Painter, 11/20).
The Associated Press: OB/GYNS Back Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills
But no one expects the pill to be sold without a prescription any time soon: A company would have to seek government permission first, and it's not clear if any are considering it. Plus there are big questions about what such a move would mean for many women's wallets if it were no longer covered by insurance. Still, momentum may be building (Neergaard, 11/20).