At least one Oregon state legislator believes allowing pharmacists to prescribe oral contraceptives would increase access to birth control and reduce unwanted pregnancies.
Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend) has proposed authorizing pharmacists in Oregon to prescribe oral contraceptives for preventive purposes and not just for emergencies. Buehler, an orthopedic surgeon, believes that it does not make sense that pharmacists can prescribe emergency contraceptives but not preventive.
"It just seemed unreasonable that they can't dispense preventive contraception," Buehler told the Oregonian. "There's an inconsistency there."
Buehler’s proposal is an amendment to a separate bill that would authorize Oregon pharmacists to provide patient-care services and to engage in clinical pharmacy. It is unclear whether that legislation will be considered this year.
His proposal would authorize Oregon pharmacists to prescribe oral contraceptives to patients 18 and older. Pharmacists would be required to distribute a self-screening risk assessment tool before writing a prescription.