Physician Group Support Boosts OTC Contraception Chances
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend OTC availability of hormonal contraception, but pharmaceutical industry Rx-to-OTC switch sponsors remain elusive.
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