Monday, April 11, 2016

California Pharmacists' Birth Control Now Prescription-Free

By Clyde Hughes

California pharmacists can now dispense birth control pills without a prescription under a law originally passed in 2013, despite objections from right-to-life groups and other critics.

The law, SB 493, which went into effect on Friday, allows females over the age of 17 to fill out a questionnaire and talk with a pharmacist before receiving birth control, said the Los Angeles Times. The law had been held up by regulatory discussion.

The Times said the new measure covers self-administered hormonal birth control, such as pills, patches, injections, and vaginal rings. Birth control that requires a physician procedure, such as inserting arm implants and intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are not covered by the law.

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