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Safety implications of transferring the oral contraceptive from prescription-only to over-the-counter status.
Drug Saf. 1995 Dec; 13(6):333-7.DS

Abstract

The idea of making oral contraceptives available without prescription has a long history, and has been recently revived in the US and the UK. High dose oral contraceptives have generally been replaced by low dose formulations and, subsequently, most cardiovascular risks have been reduced and a protection against ovarian and uterine cancers has been consistently demonstrated. Oral contraceptive compliance, however, continues to be a problem, but there is no reason to assume that wise practice would be any more or less if oral contraceptives were available over-the-counter (OTC). Some countries have introduced alternatives to prescription-only oral contraceptives, whereby nurses, midwives, social workers and/or pharmacists are incorporated into the distribution process. This article concludes that the balance of risks and benefits is in favour of OTC access for oral contraceptives.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, USA.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8652077

Citation

Potts, M, and C Denny. "Safety Implications of Transferring the Oral Contraceptive From Prescription-only to Over-the-counter Status." Drug Safety, vol. 13, no. 6, 1995, pp. 333-7.
Potts M, Denny C. Safety implications of transferring the oral contraceptive from prescription-only to over-the-counter status. Drug Saf. 1995;13(6):333-7.
Potts, M., & Denny, C. (1995). Safety implications of transferring the oral contraceptive from prescription-only to over-the-counter status. Drug Safety, 13(6), 333-7.
Potts M, Denny C. Safety Implications of Transferring the Oral Contraceptive From Prescription-only to Over-the-counter Status. Drug Saf. 1995;13(6):333-7. PubMed PMID: 8652077.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Safety implications of transferring the oral contraceptive from prescription-only to over-the-counter status. AU - Potts,M, AU - Denny,C, PY - 1995/12/1/pubmed PY - 1995/12/1/medline PY - 1995/12/1/entrez KW - Americas KW - Behavior KW - Contraception KW - Contraceptive Agents KW - Contraceptive Agents, Female KW - Contraceptive Agents, Postcoital KW - Contraceptive Agents, Progestin KW - Contraceptive Distribution--changes KW - Contraceptive Methods KW - Critique KW - Delivery Of Health Care KW - Developed Countries KW - Distributional Activities KW - Europe KW - Family Planning KW - Health KW - Health Personnel KW - Literature Review KW - North America KW - Northern America KW - Nurses KW - Oral Contraceptives KW - Organization And Administration KW - Pharmacists KW - Prescriptions KW - Progestins, Low-dose KW - Program Activities KW - Programs KW - Public Health KW - Safety KW - Social Problems KW - Social Workers KW - United States KW - User Compliance SP - 333 EP - 7 JF - Drug safety JO - Drug Saf VL - 13 IS - 6 N2 - The idea of making oral contraceptives available without prescription has a long history, and has been recently revived in the US and the UK. High dose oral contraceptives have generally been replaced by low dose formulations and, subsequently, most cardiovascular risks have been reduced and a protection against ovarian and uterine cancers has been consistently demonstrated. Oral contraceptive compliance, however, continues to be a problem, but there is no reason to assume that wise practice would be any more or less if oral contraceptives were available over-the-counter (OTC). Some countries have introduced alternatives to prescription-only oral contraceptives, whereby nurses, midwives, social workers and/or pharmacists are incorporated into the distribution process. This article concludes that the balance of risks and benefits is in favour of OTC access for oral contraceptives. SN - 0114-5916 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/8652077/Safety_implications_of_transferring_the_oral_contraceptive_from_prescription_only_to_over_the_counter_status_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.2165/00002018-199513060-00002 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -