Over-the-counter (OTC) contraceptives, including drugs and devices, are generally available for purchase by consumers in several retail settings including grocery stores, chain drug stores, and independent pharmacies. Depending on state law, consumers often have the additional option of purchasing OTC medications via online sales, mail order, and in some cases through vending machines. Vending machines can be placed in schools, bus stations, office parks, airports, universities, and train stations for greater access to contraception and other public health products while people are on the move or lack proximity to a retailer.
This dataset is cross-sectional and displays key features of vending machine sales of OTC contraception laws across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. in effect as of December 31, 2020.
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