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New Oregon law lets women go directly to pharmacists for birth control

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Women in Oregon will soon be able to get birth control pills directly from a pharmacist instead of having to go through their doctor.

Oregon and California are the first two states to implement this new practice, which supporters claim makes getting hormonal birth control easier and cheaper for women, who until now have needed a prescription from their doctor.

The new law will allow women to get multiple forms of birth control from their pharmacists, including birth control pills, patches and rings.

After filling out a questionnaire about their medical history, pharmacists will be able to give women the medication directly, and it will still be covered by insurance.

Members of the Oregon Board of Pharmacy noted the law is about better access to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

“Perhaps it’s better for their time of day.  Maybe they’re a working person who has a hard time getting into a clinician’s office the day, but pharmacies tend to have longer hours for access,” Fiona Karbowicz with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy said. “So it might be more convenient.  It also provides a safe and effective access point for patients.”

The Oregon law does require that a girl under 18 must have a prior prescription from a doctor before she can get birth control from a pharmacist.

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