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Why Over-the-Counter Birth Control Has Taken So Long in the US

Perrigo’s HRA Pharma seeks to sell so-called minipill without prescription

Contraceptive pills

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A French drugmaker wants to make its contraceptive the first of its kind for sale in the US, an over-the-counter birth-control product that would make bring the country up to speed with more than 100 others that make such pills accessible without a prescription. 

HRA Pharma, a unit of generic drug maker Perrigo Co., asked US regulators Monday to approve Opill for over-the-counter sales.  Known as a “minipill” because it includes only the hormone progestin and no additional estrogen, it has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for prescription sales for almost five decades.