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Kent Sepkowitz Biography

Infectious Disease Specialist and Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Quality and Safety at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Con to the question "Should birth control pills be available over the counter?"

“One person is missing in this: you, the lowly patient, aka, consumer. Leaving aside the safety argument that perhaps the OTC pill invites less safety since doctors no longer are winnowing out people who might drop dead if they take it, here is the impact: Yes, your life is easier because you will be able to get the pill right this second, without calling my office. No, you don’t need to fill out forms and show insurance cards and wrangle over copay. But guess who is paying for the whole shabang? You. Yes, you…

So in the name of consumer independence, Big Pharma and Big Drug Store and Big Insurance have found a way to finally make Uncle Sam smile. Make you pay. You want $200 worth of the pill? Go for it—just pay up first. Looked at this way, reclassification would seem to threaten to push pill use down, not up, since women, many of them young 99 percent-ers, may opt to simply save a few bucks and hope for the best.”

“How Over-the-Counter Birth Control Could Screw You,”, Nov. 24, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to reproductive health issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to reproductive health.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Infectious Disease Specialist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Quality and Safety, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Professor, Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Contributor, New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Daily Beast, and others
  • Former Associate Editor, International Journal of Infectious Disease
  • Former Coeditor, Infections in Medicine online
  • MD, University of Oklahoma
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