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Research Letter
December 12, 2017

Availability of Pharmacist-Prescribed Contraception in California, 2017

Author Affiliations
  • 1Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity Program, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
JAMA. 2017;318(22):2253-2254. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.15674

California is 1 of 4 states currently permitting—but not requiring—pharmacists to prescribe contraception.1 Since April 2016, patients can obtain hormonal contraceptive pills, injections, rings, and patches in California pharmacies offering this service.2 After patients complete a health questionnaire (and, for combined hormonal contraception, a blood pressure reading), trained pharmacists determine medical eligibility for methods, conduct counseling, and prescribe contraception.2 Although insurers are not required to reimburse pharmacies for this clinical service, pharmacies may charge patients fees.3

To date, the extent to which pharmacies are making pharmacist-prescribed contraception available under these nascent policies has not been estimated; this study does so at 1 year after implementation began in California.