ACOG Recommends BCPs Go OTC

In a new policy statement, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommended that oral contraceptives be made available over-the-counter to improve access to birth control. The group stated that women could use checklists to self-screen for contraindications. However, there are still concerns about how pharmacists would be paid for their services and whether insurers would cover OTC oral contraceptives. Separately, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that pediatricians counsel their teen patients on the use of emergency contraception and provide prescriptions for products such as Plan B or Next Choice to girls younger than 17. AAP Press Release,