Birth control pills, over the counter

“Oregon is making hormonal birth control legally available without a doctor’s prescription, and California is set to follow suit. This is great policy, and the rest of the country should follow this example.” [Megan McArdle]

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  • Curious. The drug packages on the linked page have their labeling in german.

    Not exactly over the counter, as oral contraceptives remain prescription medications at the federal FDA level which applies to the states.
    But states are free to determine scope of practice for various licensure. In the case of Oregon and California, the states boards of healing arts (or whatever their equivalent names there are) will be amending the pharmacist’s scope of practice to include prescribing from their booth.