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strumpet
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Hey all,
This might be old news in the states, but its the first time I've heard about it. Have a read, what do you think?

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/health/sexual-health/Liberating+pill/3459804/story.html

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Heather
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While I do have a concern that if the pill were OTC even less women would get sexual healthcare than they already do (a concern also voiced in that piece), I recognize that's really not a fair concern. In other words, because methods that require prescriptions are one common route into sexual healthcare doesn't mean it's fair to suggest they should remain prescription if and when that's not necessary to facilitate that.

That said, I'd be very much in support of the pill being OTC. There are certainly medications which already are which have a higher capacity to do harm -- where someone can overdose, for instance -- and access to birth control is such a huge problem for so many.

Of course, one other tricky bit is that the OTC cost may well be even higher than the prescription cost currently is, which wouldn't help much with the access issue. But still.

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