Oregon has allowed women over 18 years of age to purchase birth control pills form a pharmacy. Women can fill out a health questionnaire and take year-long supply of birth control pills in Oregon, starting January 1. Women under 18 will require a prescription from a doctor and they can get pharmacist-provided birth control.
California could be next on the list for allowing birth control pills over the counter and a law could be passed within two months in California.
Dr. Alison Edelman of OHSU said, “Just having birth control accessible through a pharmacist doesn’t mean preventative health care isn’t important. That’s not what this law is saying.”
Under the new law, insurance companies are requires to cover for full year. Women will be able to take one year supply of birth control pills.
The law added that pharmacists will be required to attend a mandatory training session before being permitted to prescribe birth control to patients.
According to the CDC, cervical cancer is the easiest cancer of the reproductive system that can be prevented by consistent doctor visits. Health experts still suggest women to go for regular visits to an OB-GYN. Many health experts were concerned that the new law could thwart younger citizens from check-ups.
Oregon is the first state in the United States to implement the law regarding birth control pills. Gov. Kate Brown signed into law a bill in July 2015 allowing women to purchase birth control without a doctor’s prescription. On January 1, that expanded access takes effect.
Pharmacists can still refuse prescriptions to anyone on religious grounds. However, they must refer the customer somewhere else if they deny them birth control pills.