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The US Considers Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pills for First Time

A pharmaceutical company has requested permission to sell Birth Control Pills over the counter for the first time in US history. The statement comes just after the Supreme Court invalidated the right to an abortion under the Constitution.The company, HRA Pharma, based in Paris, claims that its application to the Food and Drug Administration is unrelated. The most popular method of birth control in the US, the pill, has long required a prescription.

According to studies, more than half of the 6.1 million pregnancies that occur in the US annually are unplanned. Although the US originally granted approval for the use of birth control tablets more than 60 years ago, around one-third of US women who have attempted to get or fill prescriptions have encountered difficulty.

Over 100 nations worldwide offer oral contraceptives without a prescription, making the US one of the few that does. The American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians are just two of the main US medical organisations that have urged the government to follow suit. The company’s proposal, according to Frédérique Welgryn, Chief Strategic Operations and Innovation Officer at HRA Pharma, was a “ground-breaking event” for reproductive justice in the US. The application, according to the business, comes after years of study aimed at bolstering its argument to US regulators. Buying of emergency contraception is restricted by US retailers

More women and individuals will have access to contraception without needless obstacles if a safe and effective Birth Control Pills is made available over-the-counter. The FDA’s decision is anticipated, according to the business, for next year. Only the company’s Opill medicine, which it bought from Pfizer in 2014, would be subject to approval. Since 1973, patients have been permitted to take the tablet if it is prescribed. The FDA has been contacted by the BBC for comment.

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