You may be able to get your birth control prescription right from the pharmacist! Pharmacists in Oregon now can directly prescribe patients certain types of birth control, once trained on how to talk about these birth control methods and how to help you decide if it’s a good match for you.
- It’s voluntary for pharmacists to take the training. Not every pharmacist will prescribe birth control. Call your local pharmacy to check!
- Pharmacists should tell you from the start how much they charge for the service and supplies and whether or not they can bill your insurance.
- Pharmacists cannot require you to schedule an appointment for prescribing or dispensing of birth control.
- You will need to fill out a health history form and have your blood pressure checked
- If you are under 18, you’ll need to provide proof of a previous prescription from a health care provider
Please print and use our consumer brochure with more information on getting birth control prescribed at the pharmacy- and getting emergency contraception over-the-counter.
- PDX Monthly: Are Oregon’s new birth control laws actually helping anyone? 1/4/17
- OPB: Oregon Pharmacists To Prescribe Birth Control Starting Jan. 1 12/28/15
OREGON PHARMACISTS PRESCRIBING OF CONTRACEPTIVE THERAPY
For the 99% of women who will use contraception during their lifetimes, birth control is basic, essential health care.
A person should be able to get their birth control prescription filled at any pharmacy.
But some pharmacists refuse to fill birth control prescriptions and won’t relinquish prescriptions they’ve been handed. While some states have “refusal laws” that allow pharmacists to deny birth control to a person if they do not support the use of contraception, in most states pharmacists simply refuse. There are no protections for people in this situation.
Our nation’s laws have always protected freedom of religion—but not the right to impose one’s religious beliefs on others. Nobody should have to fear being turned away, lectured or humiliated at the pharmacy counter when they go to pick up birth control.
Pharmacies should fill all birth control prescriptions without delay or judgement.
Eight in 10 Americans say pharmacists who personally oppose birth control for religious reasons should not be able to refuse to sell oral contraceptives. Even 74% of abortion opponents disagree with giving pharmacists this refusal power.
Lawmakers can address this situation by passing laws that guarantee all people can have their birth control prescriptions filled at any pharmacy without delay or interference. Some states already have taken action by requiring pharmacies to fill legal birth control prescriptions.
1 Fact Sheet: Guarantee Women’s Access to Birth Control