20-02-11 E. It's Time to Free the Pill

23rd Annual Premier Women's Healthcare Virtual Conference

1.25 CE (NCC 5 )

Individuals who did not register for the Conference can now purchase individual session recordings. Anyone who was registered for the Main Conference (October 16-17, 2020) will have access to all recordings, free of any additional charge, through November 15, 2021.


Mara Gandal-Powers, JD

Director of Birth Control Access & Senior Counsel

National Women’s Law Center

Washington, District of Columbia

Kate Grindlay Kelly, MSPH

Free the Pill Project Director

Ibis Reproductive health

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Anusha Gupta

Free The Pill Youth Cohort Member

Advocates for Youth

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Raegan McDonald-Mosley, MD, MPH, FACOG

Chief Medical Officer

Planned Parenthood of Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

Britt Wahlin, Master of Humanities

Vice President for Development and Public Affairs

Ibis Reproductive Health

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Intended Audience:

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNPs), WHNP students, Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) and other nurse practitioners and advanced practice clinicians who care for women. 

Activity Number:  20-02-11

CE Approval Period:  Now through November 15, 2021

Approved CE Credit Hours:  1.25 CE contact hour credit

Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been evaluated and approved by the Continuing Education Approval Program of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health for 1.25 CE contact hours, including zero hours of pharmacology content.  

Program Description

The Free the Pill campaign aims to educate and engage the public in support of an over-the-counter (OTC) oral contraceptive (OC) option in the United States, and supports an OTC pill that is affordable, covered by insurance, and available to people of all ages without a prescription. The OCs OTC Working Group, the coalition behind the campaign, has engaged in a partnership with a pharmaceutical company to submit an OTC application to the FDA for a progestin-only pill. For this workshop session, we will present the case for moving OCs OTC as a way to expand contraceptive access, and will provide medical, youth, and policy perspectives on how to ensure that an OTC OC is available and accessible to all.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the research case for moving oral contraceptives over the counter as a strategy to expand contraceptive access for all
  • Address potential provider concerns about the safety and efficacy of OTC access to
  • Inform participants about efforts underway to ensure that a future over-the-counter oral contraceptive is affordable, covered by insurance, and available to people of all ages

Faculty Disclosures: 

Mara Gandal-Powers, JD does not have any disclosures

Kate Grindlay Kelly reports to Ibis Reproductive Health coordinates the Oral Contraceptives Over-the-Counter Working Group, a coalition working to make the birth control pill available over the counter and accessible to people of all ages. Ibis has a partnership with HRA Pharma to support their OTC switch research for an oral contraceptive product. Ibis Reproductive Health has no financial interests in HRA's product or company.  

Anusha Gupta has no disclosures 

Raegan McDonald-Mosley has no disclosures 

Britt Wahlin, Master of Humanities does not have any disclosures

Successful Completion: 

Successful completion of this activity requires the participant to: 

  1. Read the educational objectives, disclosures and disclaimers.
  2. Watch the session recording
  3. Complete the session evaluation
  4. Print your CE certificate (the certificate will be stored on the NPWH E-Learning site under My Transcripts).
  5. These steps must be completed prior to the course expiration date
  6. Some courses required a post-test.  If a post test is required participants must earn a score of 70%.         

Therapeutic Disclosures: 

Faculty members determine the content of the CE activity.  The content does not necessarily represent the views of NPWH.  Clinicians are responsible for evaluating information presented in relation to generally accepted standards of care and individual patient characteristics. 

Commercial Support:  

This activity has no commercial support

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20-02-11 E. It's Time to Free the Pill