Over-the-Counter Birth Control Submitted to FDA

The review process will likely be completed by next year.

French drugmaker HRA Pharma has submitted its hormone-based birth control Opill to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval to be sold over-the-counter in the United States. The pill has already been approved for over-the-counter purchase in South America, Asia, Africa, and the UK.

This is the first time a pharmaceutical company has requested FDA approval for over-the-counter birth control. The timeline for the FDA review is expected to be about 10 months.

A group of more than 50 U.S. legislators wrote to FDA Commissioner Califf in March of this year urging the immediate review of applications for over-the-counter birth control. Their concerns include the inequities in the health care system that make contraception less accessible to minorities, low-income individuals, and others.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Commissioner Califf as he oversees the review and approval process for over-the-counter birth control.
  • For members of Congress concerned with the access to contraception for disadvantaged communities and groups.

Sources: AP, NPR


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