US Food and Drug Administration advisers voted in favor of making the birth-control pill, Opill, available over the counter. They maintained that the benefits far outweigh the risks. Two FDA advisory panels agreed that people would use Opill safely and effectively. Teenagers and those with limited literacy would be able to take the pill without help from a healthcare worker. The advisers were asked to vote on whether people were likely to use the tablet properly so that the benefits would exceed the risks. All unanimously voted yes. The FDA is expected to decide whether to approve the over-the-counter pill this summer.  If it’s approved, it will be the first birth-control pill available over the counter in the United States.

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