The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first over-the-counter birth control pill in the United States.
Opill, an oral contraceptive pill, will be available in drugstores, convenience stores, grocery stores and online early next year.
“Today’s approval marks the first time that an over-the-counter daily oral contraceptive is an available option for millions of people in the United States,” said Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in a statement Thursday.
“When used as directed, daily oral contraception is safe and may be more effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy than currently available over-the-counter birth control methods.”
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