Dr. Shi is a board-certified family physician and Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Her research focuses on health service aspects of over-the-counter medications.
The Debate About Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraceptive Pills
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2005 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 50, Issue 5, pages 423–426, September-October 2005
How to Cite
Shi, C.-W. and Ganiats, T. G. (2005), The Debate About Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraceptive Pills. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 50: 423–426. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2004.11.010
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- emergency contraceptive pill;
- women's health
Many prescription drugs have been converted to over-the-counter (OTC) status in recent years. Another drug that has been proposed for OTC status is a levonorgestrel-only emergency contraceptive pill. The debate surrounding OTC access to emergency contraceptive pills echoes issues encountered in previous reclassification processes and raises new challenges. This article discusses the emergency contraceptive pill, the evolution of its access options, and the context and implications of changing its status from a prescription to an OTC medication.