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Growing Clamor For Oral Contraceptive OTC Switch In UK

Executive Summary

UK parliamentarians have added their voice to the growing calls for the MHRA to switch the daily oral contraceptive pill to OTC status. The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the difficulties women face in accessing contraception, according to the politicians. 

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