Today, the Food and Drug Administration approved Opill – the first-ever daily oral contraceptive approved in the U.S. to prevent pregnancy without a prescription. Perrigo, which sought FDA approval for an over-the-counter version last summer after the Supreme Court's ruling the overturned Roe v. Wade, expects to start shipping the mini pill early next year.

In May, Ireland-based Perrigo, a leading provider of consumer self-care products, gained a key recommendation from U.S. regulatory advisors, which paved the way for Opill to get clearance to be sold without a prescription. The FDA is not required to follow the advisers' recommendations, but often does.

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