The Daily Beast says an over-the-counter-pill isn’t safe. Science says they’re wrong.

Dr. Jen Gunter

The Daily Beast has published what I can only describe as a hack job on the quest of the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) to go over-the-counter OTC). The piece opines that it isn’t safe for women to take OCPs without a prescription from a doctor and intimates that a lot of women are at risk for blood clots.

The reporter, Sarah Watts, doesn’t quote any published research on OCPs going OTC although there is plenty, after all the idea has been kicking around for 20-25 years and has stalled due to politics not medicine. Instead, the article rests heavily on the opinion of Dr. Poppy Daniels, an OB/GYN in Springfield, MO (who hasn’t published any work on the birth control pill that I can find in PubMed), and the views of Holly Grigg-Spall, a woman who tried four or five different pills and then wrote a book about how the…

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