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Hopkins-led study finds 'the pill' would be safe without prescription

Hopkins-led study finds 'the pill' would be safe without prescription

A new Johns Hopkins study could fuel ongoing efforts to allow women to get birth control pills without seeing a doctor.

Bills pending in each house of the Maryland General Assembly would allow pharmacists to prescribe contraceptives.

The study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins' School of Medicine found that oral contraceptives can be sold safely over the counter to all women, including teens.

"Oral contraceptives are popular, safe and effective methods of pregnancy prevention for women and teens," said Dr. Krishna Upadhya, a Johns Hopkins assistant professor of pediatrics who led a group of pediatric, adolescent and women's health experts in the study....

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