FDA Approves First Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pill
On July 13, 2023, the United States joined over 100 countries who already have an over-the-counter oral hormonal birth control pill available. The brand name Opill (norgestrel), a mini-pill containing progestin, has been available with a prescription since 1973 and will be available without a prescription approximately May 2024. Like other oral birth control, it is about 93% effective when taken at the same time every day (or within a 3-hour window). The manufacturer (Perrigo) will make the 28-day supply product available online and in stores nationwide. The price has not been announced but for it to be effective in curbing approximately 3 million unintended pregnancies a year it needs to be accessible and affordable. If you would like to discuss this or other topics, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
Chera H. Mattox, MPH
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