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Physician Attitudes Toward Over the Counter Availability for Oral Contraceptives.
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PMID:  23135626     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
To assess physician attitude towards making oral contraceptives available over the counter in the United States (US). We assessed physician attitudes towards a transition from prescription only to over-the-counter availability (rx-OTC) for oral contraceptive pills by disseminating an electronic survey directed primarily to residents training in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) and Family Practice in the US. An overwhelming majority of 638 respondents (71 %) were against an rx-OTC switch for combined oral contraceptives and among this subset of respondents the primary concern was safety (92.3 %). Overall, respondents were evenly divided on the issue of an rx-OTC switch for progestin-only-pills but of those who opposed, 73.2 % cited safety as their primary concern. For progestin-only-pills female respondents were more likely to support OTC availability. Most OBGYN and Family Practice residents opposed to OTC availability for oral contraceptives cite safety as their primary concern. Considering the abundant evidence as to the overall safety of oral contraceptives, especially progestin-only-pills, there appears to be a knowledge deficit among OBGYN and Family Practice residents regarding the safety of oral contraceptives.
David L Howard; Jeffrey Wall; Julie L Strickland
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  Maternal and child health journal     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-6628     ISO Abbreviation:  Matern Child Health J     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9715672     Medline TA:  Matern Child Health J     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2301 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO, 64108, USA,
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