Birth control over the counter worth exploring

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , San Jose Mercury News
  • Updated: November 27, 2012 - 1:58 PM

A prominent doctor's group recommends easier access to the pills. Women would benefit and the endless public policy feuds would stop, they say.

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bluemocoNov. 27, 12 2:05 PM

Sounds like a great idea to me. I'm sure my wife and daughter would be appreciative of this, too. It would be great to be able to go to the Target/CVS/Walgreens pharmacy and find the Pill for sale next to the condoms... I'm sure this will cause some hand-wringing from the Puritans among us, but you'll get no objection from me or my family.

beebee82Nov. 27, 12 2:23 PM

It's ridiculous that married at age 30, I still have to have a yearly exam performed (at even my doctor's chagrin) to renew my birth control prescription. So not only do I have to pay for the exam, but the artificially inflated price because of its prescription medication status. More adverse side affects are warned against taking over-the-counter heartburn medication than are cited for the birth control pill.

pumiceNov. 27, 12 2:40 PM

Re: "Reducing unwanted pregnancy surely would reduce the number of abortions. And can't everyone agree that would be a good thing?" Not everybody... There's a sizable cohort which is still irremediably mired in Medieval misapprehensions about sex and gender.

nessmessNov. 27, 12 3:52 PM

How about sildenafil citrate (that little blue pill for men) OTC??? It's far safer than estrogen....

buttlesNov. 27, 12 4:10 PM

Interesting that now that annual exams and birth control must be covered by insurance there is a push to make birth control pills OTC meds - which won't be covered by insurance and, I would guess, a lot of young women will put off the annual exam if they don't have to worry about their prescription running out.

percyroy12Nov. 27, 12 4:45 PM

I think one thing that we all can agree upon is that less unplanned pregancies and thus unplanned child births is good financially for this country. When you have a mother who would normally go to college but doesn't have the support system to do so with a kid, then drops out, goes and works some menial job and goes on welfare later on, we all pay for that. It is in all of our best interest to keep as little amount of people on the government dole as possible. Less freebies is a good thing.

crystalbayNov. 27, 12 4:49 PM

I'm all for open access to contraception or the morning after pill, BUT it's been my experience that drugs going from prescription to over the counter immediately become more expensive. I waited for years for Nicorette Gum to go "over counter" since it was a hassle to have to nail a doctor's prescription. When it finally did, it cost 150% more than I'd been paying in co-pays for the script. Which is worse - a $5 dollar co-pay for a month's prescription - or $40 out of pocket??

jonnoNov. 27, 12 4:56 PM

How about people pay for their own recreational activities?

firefight41Nov. 27, 12 5:06 PM

I think one thing that we all can agree upon is that less unplanned pregancies and thus unplanned child births is good financially for this country. ************ Cheapest and safest way to do that is for women to cross their legs and men to keep their trousers up.

lonstarNov. 27, 12 5:32 PM

firefight41 - agreed...and the *second* best way is educate and promote access to birth control and condoms. Wouldn't it be sensible to try both?


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