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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    As long as lower income females can get help paying for it, I'm fine with it.
    I believe both can be done. I think its pseudophenephrine (?) that is paid for by insurance but one can also get it OTC without prescription. That way if one has and wants to use insurance they can do so, but if not its cash OTC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    A lot fewer as the warnings are put on the package inserts.

    Who you gonna call AMBULANCE CHASERS...

    So then, it is your contention that BC pills, unlike any other medication sold within the US, do not provide warnings regarding possible side effects?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NiteGuy View Post
    Wait, what's the problem again?

    Girl is taken to the doctor at some point, and asks doctor to place a note in her pharmaceutical file that goes to her closest pharmacy. Mom and Dad need never know. And the girl can purchase a pack whenever she needs to, without the need to have someone call in a prescription.

    That's an interesting concept, but it doesn't reflect regulatory reality. Prescription medications cannot be legally sold within the US without a prescription. There is no middle ground. A specific drug is either prescription only or OTC. There is no such thing as making prescription drugs available without a prescription simply by placing "a note in her pharmaceutical file". If you know a pharmacist that is selling you prescription drugs without a prescription, then you know a pharmacist who is breaking the law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    That's an interesting concept, but it doesn't reflect regulatory reality. Prescription medications cannot be legally sold within the US without a prescription. There is no middle ground. A specific drug is either prescription only or OTC. There is no such thing as making prescription drugs available without a prescription simply by placing "a note in her pharmaceutical file". If you know a pharmacist that is selling you prescription drugs without a prescription, then you know a pharmacist who is breaking the law.
    You misunderstand. I'm not getting prescription-only drugs through my pharmacist, but what most places would call supplements. Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, that kind of thing.

    But by putting a notice in my pharmacist's records, I can get these at a very reduced price over the counter, through him, than I ever could in the supplement aisle.

    For example, I can get a bottle of 100 iron tablets through my pharmacist for less than two dollars. If I bought the same thing off the shelf, in the Vitamin and Supplements aisle, it would cost me $7 or $8 dollars. Tell me which amount you'd rather pay?

    I'm suggesting that if birth control pills were to be made over the counter, the same kind of arrangement could be made with pharmacists and their customers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    So then, it is your contention that BC pills, unlike any other medication sold within the US, do not provide warnings regarding possible side effects?
    No I am noting the woman that gets the blood clot, has a stroke is going to sue big time... ... because she did not bother to read the warnings.

    As you said Acetaminophine makers have been sued even though people Got Drunk while taking it, and their livers died... Just making an observation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    A group of Senators have now signed onto Cory Gardners (R-CO) new bill that will allow for birth control pills to be sold over the counter without prescription or having to see a doctor, similar to the controversial "morning after pill." Doctors favored this up until last year and now are playing politics. BBC news says the US is still selling birth control pills "stubbornly" behind pharmacist walls.

    What do you think?

    An over-the-counter birth control fight - BBC News
    I support it, but you still need to see a doctor before taking the pill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtm1963 View Post
    I support it, but you still need to see a doctor before taking the pill.
    If you are smart you should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    A lot fewer as the warnings are put on the package inserts.

    Who you gonna call AMBULANCE CHASERS...
    In the early days irreversible liver failure was a problem with Tylenol, without a warning in sight. And Tylenol was part of so many other combinations such as Vicodin, that it was easy to get to the 3000 or so mg a day that were toxic levels. Since you work for the CDC you should know that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    How the hell is this a hit against the family?!
    It undermines his authority as lord and master.
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    I see everyone jumping on the support for this. Does anyone know if healthcare insurance covers over-the-counter meds? I can tell you that mine doesn't. A few years ago, a prescription drug that I take for allergies went over the counter. Now, I have to pay for it.

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