November 2005, Washington, DC: Questions, opportunities, and concerns raised by the proposal of an OTC switch for oral contraceptives

On November 3, 2005, a group of women’s health advocates met at the Guttmacher Institute offices in Washington, DC to discuss the questions, opportunities, and concerns raised by the proposal of an OTC switch for oral contraceptives, particularly for women who are currently underserved by the health care system. The objectives of the meeting were to: broaden the range of communities weighing in on an oral contraceptive (OC) over-the-counter (OTC) switch and its potential impact; identify critical unanswered questions about the effect of an OTC switch and frame these questions for further research; and create an opportunity for participants to identify and determine whether and how their organizations might participate in effecting the change of making the OTC switch.