Birth control pills have been available with a prescription for more than 50 years. However, soon you will be able to purchase your birth control pills at your local pharmacy or store without a prescription.
“The availability of oral contraceptives without a prescription is groundbreaking, but we want people to know that we are still here for them to provide guidance as needed.” - Treasure Walker, MD
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first over-the-counter birth control pill. The Opill, a daily oral contraceptive, will be available to people without a prescription in 2024. Pricing and an exact launch date are pending.
“Many people don’t use oral contraceptives regularly because of barriers like having to pay for office copays or taking time off for doctor’s appointments. This move will give people greater access to safe and effective birth control,” says Treasure Walker, MD, gynecologist with Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG)–Obstetrics and Gynecology.