FDA Approves First Birth Control Pill Without Prescription

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first over-the-counter birth control pill that does not require a prescription. The pill, called Opill, is a progestin-only pill manufactured by French company HRA Pharma. It is expected to be available in convenience stores, grocery stores, and online starting next year. Opill was previously approved by the FDA but required a prescription to obtain. The approval comes after an independent FDA advisory panel unanimously deemed the drug safe for most people. The FDA believes that making the pill available without a prescription could help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies in the U.S.