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Catholic Bishops to FDA: Don’t Allow Over-the-Counter Use of ‘Minipill’ Contraceptive

JHVEPhotoAn advisory panel to the FDA on May 10 unanimously voted to recommend approval of the Opill birth-control pill for over-the-counter availability. A final decision is expected this summer.

They echo other critics who say the drug’s side effects mean patients should have physician supervision while taking the drug.