FDA Approves First Nonprescription Daily Oral Contraceptive: What Arizonans Need to Know

Sept. 5, 2023

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made a significant move by approving the Opill (norgestrel) tablet for nonprescription use to prevent pregnancy, marking the first daily oral contraceptive available without a prescription in the U.S. This development offers a new option for Arizonans to access oral contraceptive medicine without the need for a doctor's prescription. Opill will be available at various locations, including drug stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, and online platforms.

Opill's availability addresses a vital concern, as almost half of the 6.1 million pregnancies in the U.S. each year are unintended. To help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and their potential negative impacts, this nonprescription option can be a valuable tool. Individuals need to understand that Opill should be taken at the same time every day to ensure its effectiveness and adherence to this regimen is crucial.

While Opill offers convenience, it's important to note that it may not be suitable for everyone. It should not be used by those with a history of breast cancer or other forms of cancer. Additionally, Opill is not meant for use as emergency contraception and does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. For Arizonans seeking more information and resources on this new contraceptive option, it's recommended to consult healthcare professionals and explore relevant local resources.

Arizonans interested in learning more about Opill's usage, safety, and potential benefits can access information and resources provided by various local organizations:

1. Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS): The ADHS offers information and resources related to reproductive health and contraception. Visit their website at azdhs.gov for more details.

2. Planned Parenthood Arizona: As a trusted resource for reproductive health, Planned Parenthood Arizona provides information about contraception options, including Opill. Learn more at ppaz.org.

3. Local Pharmacies: Many local pharmacies across Arizona will offer Opill. Contact your nearest pharmacy for availability, pricing, and additional information.

Remember, making informed decisions about contraceptive options is crucial for your health and well-being. Consult healthcare professionals and reputable sources to understand if Opill is the right choice for you.