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The United States could get its first over-the-counter birth control pill option.

No prescription needed?

No. Yesterday, French company HRA Pharma said it submitted its application to the FDA for its oral contraceptive pill, Opill. The United States is one of the few countries that does not offer over-the-counter birth control pills. Even though the American Medical Association has endorsed birth control pills as safe and effective to use without a prescription. But most drug companies have long dismissed the process as not worth the money and hassle. Enter: the French.

Thanks.

Yes well. This pill is already used on prescription and would represent only a fraction (less than 10%) of the American market. It should be taken at the same time each day. And can cause unexpected bleeding. It has already spent years in trials in accordance with FDA requirements. Next: It could take 10 months at the earliest for the FDA to clear it.

Like in… longer than it takes to make a baby?

To correct. Earlier this year, House Democrats signed a letter asking the agency to speed things up with the F-DA. But the Biden administrator reportedly said the FDA, like anyone after eating Chipotle, “must follow their process.” All of this is happening as abortion is now banned or restricted in more than a dozen states. And like birth control itself is hard to find. One study found that nearly 30% of women who tried to get birth control faced barriers such as lack of health insurance or not having a doctor.

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Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, advocates are racing to find a way to protect other reproductive rights that may be at risk, such as contraception. And that’s just one way to make it easier for Americans.

PS: Birth control pills do not work the same way as abortion pills Where Plan B. We have you.

And Also…This

What does it mean to “read the fine print”…

Administrator Biden. Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services reminded doctors that federal law allows them to perform abortions in medical emergencies. And that a 1986 law — which guarantees people access to emergency services — takes precedence over any state law banning abortion. Health policy officials say medical conditions such as complications from miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies could fall under this emergency category – and that’s up to the doctor to decide. HHS Sec Xavier Becerra doubled down by saying the department expects “providers to continue to offer these services.” And threatened to withdraw Medicare funding from hospitals that violate the law. Emergency doctors welcomed the move, but said there was still a lot of “uncertainty” surrounding doctors at emergency at risk of being punished for providing abortion services.

Or is it going to be another hot today…

Texas. ERCOT – the state agency that operates the Texas electric grid – asks residents to save electricity, especially during peak hours. Temperatures this week would have hit the second hottest day since at least 1950. It all brings back nightmares from last February, when the power grid went down in a major winter storm, leaving millions without power. For days. Now some Texans are worried about another blackout. Meanwhile, Bitcoin miners in the state shut down their machines. Reminder: even on the warmest days, crypto is not good for the environment.

What’s going to be ripped this summer…

The US dollar. Yesterday, for the first time in 20 years, the euro and the US dollar were just a penny away from parity. This is because the invasion of Ukraine caused an energy crisis and high inflation in the EU. For Americans, this is just the latest sign that it’s time to leave the United States for Europe…now. As long as you are ok with handling the inflated ticket prices. But at least it’s cheaper than ever to buy pancakes and channel your inner “Emily in Paris.” Or have someone take videos of you wandering around a remote Greek island. (Just us on #GreeceTok then? Ok.) But the exchange rate could be bad news for EU economic growth and could send investors looking for a safe haven to the US.

PS: In case you don’t want to take a trip to Lisbon to take advantage of a strong US dollar, we have I got you covered.

What people are buzzing about…

Mosquitoes. A new study has found that the insect can detect viruses that cause Zika and dengue fever in humans. Apparently mosquitoes love that smell, which we’re not here to judge. Since mosquitoes are more likely to bite infected people, it is easier for these viruses to spread to others in an endless cycle of infection. Not good. But there is encouraging news: Scientists have also found that using Accutane repel mosquitoes. Harsh, but it means those infected can fight off acne and slow the spread of the disease at the same time.

What we focus on…

One of the last hearings of January 6. Here’s what you missed.

What makes us say ‘Cetus-Lupeedus’…

The universe.

Why Broadway is famous…

Drama. Welcome, Lea Michele.

Who gives up the “fantasy” in fantasy football…

Condoleezza Rice.

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