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The pill to be made available without prescription

Posted by hannahflynn on December 28, 2008

Plans to make the combined oral contraceptive pill (otherwise known as The Pill) available over-the-counter has caused a furor in medical and political circles.

As is increasingly the case, many medical professionals say the best way to cut unintended pregnancy is not to increase the availability of the pill, but to suggest alternative, permanent forms of contraception to young women.

The BMJ are debating the issue with a poll and a debate led by Daniel Grossman (based at the University of California) who states that trails in Washington showed pharmacist dispensed hormonal contraception  to be a viable option and Sarah Jarvis of the Royal College of General Practitioners arguing that availablity is not the problem.

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