Over the past few lectures, we have been talking about expense of types of different prescriptions, especially in birth control. But if birth control became over the counter, it can become more expensive and there are many forms of birth control that cannot be given over the counter or be sold like ibuprofen or Advil.
According to BuzzFeed News, Donald Trump told Dr. Oz that, “You have women that just aren’t in a position to go get a prescription. So and more and more people are coming out and saying that, but I am not in favor of prescription for birth control.” Having birth control be no longer sold as a prescription can be something that may happen in the future but there are some things to consider. Like what methods would be over the counter? Besides the patch and pill that can easily sold next to the aspirin what about the implant or the shot? Doctors have to do the implant and give the shot, so will there be a doctor waiting right there for you? And since the FDA covers the cost or gives you a co-pay on all types of birth control as long as you have insurance, if birth control no was longer a prescription we would have to pay out of pocket along with paying for our insurance. Along with which type one can receive and the cost, there may be restrictions on who can receive or have access to the pill. The sellers of the birth control would mostly be encouraged to sell to only people who are 18 and older, and this may cause a rise in teen pregnancy since younger girls would not be able to have access to birth control.
But there can be some upsides to having over the counter birth control. Doctors agree that selling birth control pills over the counter is safe since it is one of the most studied medications out there. And people also need to remember that the FDA is the one who has to approve if any type of birth control becomes over the counter, not the president.
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reference article: https://www.buzzfeed.com/caseygueren/is-otc-birth-control-a-good-idea?utm_term=.xvlD2ydZ8#.kjAlVnAPG