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No doctor needed for birth control? New California law will allow pharmacists to prescribe ‘the pill’
Orange County Register

Soon, getting a prescription for birth control will be as hassle-free as asking a pharmacist.

When a new state law approved in 2013 is implemented later this year, pharmacists will be able to write scrips for hormonal contraceptives – no doctor required. Circumventing the physician will save women time and eliminate the co-pay tied to first visiting a doctor’s office.

“The traditional method just doesn’t hold up very well. It requires women to take time off work or school in order to make an appointment that might not be easy to get,” said Don Downing, a University of Washington School of Pharmacy professor who has researched and advocated for better access to birth control for nearly two decades.