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Pharmacist-Prescribed Hormonal Contraception Safe, Effective

Key clinical point: Pharmacists in Oregon with the authority to prescribe hormonal contraceptive therapy have safely improved access to and continuation of contraceptive therapy.

Major finding: In the first 2 years after the Oregon law went into effect, 248 pharmacists wrote 1,313, or 10%, of all hormonal contraception prescriptions for women who were Medicaid recipients and were prescribed hormonal contraception by any legally allowed health care provider.

Study details: Two studies that used Medicaid pharmacy claims, eligibility, medical, diagnostic, and demographic data over the two-year period for the 3,614 patients in the Oregon Medicaid program who received new prescriptions for transdermal and oral contraception, and the 1,313 claims filed for 367 women prescribed contraception by 162 pharmacists.

Disclosures: Dr. Rodriguez reported financial compensation from Merck, the World Health Organization, CooperSurgical, and a previous relationship with Merck. Dr. Anderson reports no conflicts of interest.


Rodriguez M et al. Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Jun;133(6):1238-46; Anderson A et al. Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Jun;133(6):1231-7.