Pharmacist Prescribing of Hormonal Birth Control

Fact Sheet

Pharmacist Prescribing of Hormonal Birth Control

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Over the last few years there has been a growing interest in expanding the authority of pharmacists to directly prescribe and dispense some hormonal birth control methods. This eliminates the need for patients to first get a prescription from a doctor before going to have it filled at a pharmacy. Currently, 17 states (including the District of Columbia) have enacted policies to allow pharmacists to prescribe and dispense self-administered hormonal methods (e.g., the pill, patch, ring, and shot). This fact sheet includes an overview of the policy, including benefits and implementation considerations, as well as a table summarizing the policies in each of these states.

You can also see an infographic on this information. 

June 2020

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