Pay Attention Oregonians! January 1 Law Allows Pharmacist-Prescribed Birth Control Pills

Pay Attention Oregonians! January 1 Law Allows Pharmacist-Prescribed Birth Control Pills

Women over 18 in Oregon can get birth control pills from pharmacy without prescription of a doctor. As per the new law effective January 1, Oregonians can get pharmacist-prescribed birth control pills. People supporting women's rights are happy with the news as now women no longer need to make long visits to doctors to get themselves checked and receive birth control pills. With the issue of law, Oregon became the first US state to implement the change with California being following up the suit. As per the law, pharmacists will have to attend training sessions before being permitted to prescribe birth control to patients.

Despite of the law, women are still advised to seek medical aid from doctors before taking birth control pills. The law allows Oregonians the ability to receive birth control pills over the counter following out a questionnaire and briefly consulting the pharmacist will make the life little easier. The same benefit will be enjoyed by the Californians starting in March. Moreover, women below the age of 18 years are still required to fill out a health questionnaire which the trained pharmacists will use to determine whether to write a prescription or not.

Dr. Alison Edelman, a supporter of the new law, told outlet KOIN, said that just having birth control pill accessible through a pharmacist does not mean preventive health care is not important. Regular visits to an OB-GYN are still recommended for women in light of the new law, which some worry will thwart younger citizens from check-ups. According to the CDC, cervical cancer is the easiest cancer of the reproductive system that can be prevented by consistent doctor visits. It has been reported that making the pill available at OTC has long been a no-brainer for people on all points of the political spectrum. Though, birth control pills don't protect against STDs and do carry certain side effect risks, small risks are associated with such pills compared to many other over-the-counter drugs.

Another new laws that are going to implement in the State with the arrival of New Year involves automated voter registrations, paid sick days for employees and a wording change on state marriage licenses and other documents from ‘husband and wife’ to ‘spouses in legal marriage’. It has been reported that about 300 approved bills went into effect in the Oregon State.

Regular visits to an OB-GYN are still recommended for women in light of the new law, which some worry will thwart younger citizens from check-ups. According to the CDC, cervical cancer is the easiest cancer of the reproductive system that can be prevented by consistent doctor visits.

Pharmacists must attend a mandatory training session before being permitted to prescribe birth control to patients. According to Fiona Karbowicz with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy, the process is simple.

“The first step of the process would be for her to fill out the questionnaire which provides the pharmacist with background of her medical history,” said Karbowicz.

So far, 150 pharmacists have been trained and the number should reach 800 by the end of February.

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