FDA approves first over-the-counter birth control pill

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New one birth control The pill, which can be sold without a doctor’s prescription, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday, potentially expanding access to contraceptives.

The pill, called Opill, is manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Perrigo Company. This progestin-only oral contraceptive is 98 percent effective when used as directed.

Thursday’s approval is the first birth control pill Available over-the-counter in the United States.

“Today is a truly important day for women’s health across the country,” Perrigo President and CEO Patrick Lockwood-Taylor said in a statement. Press release,

He added: “Opil has the potential to fundamentally transform women’s access to Contraception And it’s a true testament to Perrigo’s unwavering commitment to delivering impactful solutions that truly improve lives.”

Perrigo says it expects the drug to be available at leading retailers and online in the first quarter of 2024.

It’s unclear how much the drug would cost with or without health insurance. But Perrigo, global vice president of women’s health, said they are committed to making Opill accessible and affordable to women of all ages.

Since the Supreme Court overturned the landmark case Roe v. Wade In the past year, there has been a push by lawmakers and activists to make contraceptives more accessible to people in states where abortion is now illegal.

In May, a panel of 17 medical consultants, including obstetrician-gynecologists, voted unanimously to recommend the FDA allow Opill to be sold over the counter.

Experts cited the pill’s efficacy and safety, saying women didn’t need to seek a healthcare provider earlier.

Opill was first approved by the FDA in prescription form in 1973.

This illustration provided by Perrigo in May 2023 shows proposed packaging for the company’s birth control drug Opill

(Perrigo)

Like other forms of oral contraceptives, Opill works by thickening cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to enter, and preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg.

When taken at the same time(s) every day, Opill is highly effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy. It does not prevent sexually transmitted infections or diseases.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated About 45 percent of pregnancies in 2011 were unplanned. The number was higher for teenagers and low-income women.

A Study The study, published in the National Library of Medicine, found that among adult women who have tried to obtain some type of contraceptive, one-third reported barriers preventing access.

The introduction of over-the-counter oral contraceptives may improve the number of unplanned pregnancies and decrease the number of people who find birth control difficult to obtain.

Those who are interested in Opil can visit here Website To have updated information on when the medicine will be available.