On April 8, 2016, a new option was enacted by the Board of Pharmacy permitting (not requiring) pharmacists to dispense hormonal contraceptives without prescriptions. There are multiple steps involved, however: the pharmacist must conduct a patient interview along with a patient screening questionnaire, check or review a recent blood pressure, select the appropriate product, and communicate with the patient's care provider. If the screening process or blood pressure assessment identifies any area of concern, the pharmacist is not allowed to dispense contraceptives and a visit with your clinician will be suggested to further evaluate this. Participating pharmacists are required to take training courses before they can advise patients under the new regulation. UHS is still reviewing the regulation, and planning the best process for implementation through the Pharmacy. Stay tuned!
GOOD NEWS - Birth control without an appointment beginning August 1, 2016
You may now start, refill or renew oral contraceptives, patch or rings without an appointment through a UHS nurse via eTang messaging!