Allowing "the pill" to be sold over-the-counter (OTC) would also help millions of women find better access, lower costs and added convenience when buying hormonal contraceptives.
Transitioning birth control pills from a prescription drug to an OTC drug could also dramatically lower price. Other medications that have made the jump from prescription to OTC have seen dramatic cost savings:
- The cost for Prilosec, a heartburn medication, fell from $4 per capsule to 60 cents.
- Zantac, another heartburn medication, fell from $2.61 per daily dose to $1.66 per month, or about a nickel a day.
- The cost for Claritin, an allergy medication, fell from $79.99 to $18.88 per month.
Making contraceptives available OTC would not eliminate no-cost insurance coverage of women's annual reproductive health wellness visits or overturn the requirement for most health plans to cover prescription contraceptives.
What other benefits would women have if the pill was moved OTC?
Listen in as Devon Herrick, PhD, shares the idea of the pill moving OTC and the potential benefits and risks.