Maryland also eases access to birth control


The June 10 news article “New Mexico moves to ease access to birth control” highlighted efforts across the country to address the barriers many women face in obtaining hormonal contraceptives and mentioned as states that have authorized pharmacists to prescribe and dispense contraceptives California, Oregon, Colorado and Washington.

With Maryland’s rate of unintended pregnancies at 58 percent , higher than the national average, members of the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation this past session (HB 613/SB 363) that sets up the framework for women in Maryland to obtain their birth control from Maryland pharmacists. Regulations under development include pharmacist training, patient assessment protocols, communication with physicians and guidelines for patient referrals to…



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