Perrigo Company plc PRGO announced that the FDA scheduled a joint advisory committee meeting in November 2022 to review its regulatory application. The application seeks to make Opill, a progestin-only daily birth control pill, available as an over-the-counter (“OTC”) drug.
A joint meeting of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee (NDAC) and the Obstetrics, Reproductive, and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ORUDAC) will take place on Nov 18, 2022, to review Perrigo’s application.
The application, filed by Perrigo’s wholly-owned subsidiary HRA Pharma in July, seeks an Rx-to-OTC switch for Opill, Perrigo’s daily oral contraceptive. The drug is being marketed in the United States as a prescription drug. If the FDA approves PRGO’s application, Opill will become the first daily birth control pill made available OTC without a prescription in the country
Shares of Perrigo have increased 4.6% so far this year against the industry’s decline of 42.0%.
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Removing a prescription requirement for Opill would help American women get easy access to a contraceptive method that is more effective at preventing pregnancy than all current OTC methods.
Though contraceptives like Opill have been available for decades, their demand is likely to increase following the overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this June. As a result of the overturning of this judgment, abortion is illegal in most of the states in the country.
Owing to abortions becoming illegal, demand for birth control pills is likely to increase in the upcoming days as these are safe for most women to use. Though not a substitute for abortions, birth control pills do help prevent pregnancy.
Increasing easy access to an OTC birth control pill will likely provide women with better control of their reproductive life without facing unnecessary barriers. Approval of non-prescription birth control pills has been advocated by health experts for some time. They feel these pills should be available easily over the counter. An approval of Opill as an OTC drug will likely increase the demand for the drug but, at the same time, may also help Perrigo in generating additional product revenue from the drug’s sales.
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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Perrigo carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) at present.
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