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Sharp Price Increase for Oral Contraceptives

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Sharp Price Increase for Oral Contraceptives

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Sharp Price Increase for Oral Contraceptives

Sharp Price Increase for Oral Contraceptives

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A major producer of birth-control pills dramatically raised their prices last month, a move that could hinder access to contraceptives for low-income women. Ortho-McNeil once charged public-health centers only one cent for a pack of pills — now the price is $18.

Slate contributor Amanda Schaffer talks with Madeleine Brand about why the price hike happened, and how it's affecting women.