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Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Nov. 20, 2012 — Oral contraceptives should be made available without a prescription to reduce unintended pregnancies, according to a newly published opinion by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
Whether the pill should go over-the-counter has been debated at least since the early 1990s, says Dan Grossman, MD. He’s vice president of research at Ibis Reproductive Health, a research and advocacy organization. His research is cited in the opinion.
“I think it is a bold move,” Grossman says. “There haven’t been any big surveys of ob-gyns about what they think about this. I’m really proud of ACOG for standing by the evidence.”
A growing body of “compelling” research supports making the switch, he says.
David Grimes, MD, a long-time reproductive rights advocate, called the ACOG opinion “highly scientific” and “strongly proactive in terms of public health.”…
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