FDA Approves First Over-the-Counter Birth-Control Pill

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from The Wall Street Journal,

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first over-the-counter birth-control pill, Opill, significantly expanding access to contraception among women across the U.S.

The FDA on Thursday followed the advice of expert advisers who recommended in May that the agency grant nonprescription approval to the pill despite questions over some data on its proper use.

“This approval is a historic advancement to reproductive healthcare in this country,” said Dana Singiser, co-founder of Contraceptive Access Initiative, a group focused on improving access to oral birth control.

Perrigo, Opill’s manufacturer, said the contraceptive would be available for purchase over the counter by early 2024. The company wouldn’t discuss pricing.

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