Colorado pharmacists to prescribe women birth control

According to The Denver Post, women who are at least 18 years of age will now be able to obtain birth control at the pharmacy, without having to make an appointment with a doctor first.  Women will be required to complete a questionnaire, get a blood pressure check, and have a brief consultation with the pharmacist, and then leave the pharmacy with birth control pills or patches.

The new rules were set forth in Senate Bill 16-135, which passed on May 4th, 2016.  Pharmacies may be prepared to offer the new service as early as April, 2017.

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