There is a movement under way to make oral contraceptives over the counter. As a clinician, would you be in favor of this?
In a recent blog on HealthAffairs.org, the introduction of a new bill, called the Preserving Religious Freedom and a Woman's Access to Contraception Act, was discussed. The purpose of the bill is to push the FDA to evaluate giving contraceptives OTC status, but for adults only. Bloggers Adam Sonfield and Sneha Barot argue that making birth control pills over the counter "would meaningfully improve access for some groups of women" but is no substitute for public or private contraception coverage.
Access aside, are there clinical issues that ought to be considered beforehand? Whether this ever comes to fruition, we want to know if you think OTC contraception is a good idea.
As always, we welcome your thoughts in the comment section below.
Considering the various types of birth control pills on the market, would you be in favor of the FDA changing the status of oral contraceptives to OTC?