CITIZEN VOICES® NH divided on pharmacists prescribing birth control - 169 participants

Feb 20, 2016

Oregon recently put into effect a new law that allows pharmacists to prescribe birth control after completing a training course. The law applies to women over the age of 18 and those under 18 who have evidence of a previous prescription from a physician. Read more about this issue. On February 19, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control?”

Should NH allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control?

Pharmacy Birth Control Prescriptions NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 169 participants gave 438 responses.

A total of 87% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 13% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 438 responses from 169 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: The majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 55%, opposed allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control.

  • “These are very dangerous drugs. Dispensing them is one thing, but prescribing them is another.”
  • “I still think that a primary care person should have to prescribe birth control pills because of the health ramifications.”
  • “To provide non MD's or persons without the ability to evaluate the full risk to any individual patient the ability to prescribe any medication is simply irresponsible. For what? To save a few cents on a prescription? The potential end does not justify the means.”

Yes: A minority, at 45% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control.

  • "Pharmacists are required by law to take the same tests as doctors do for the most part. They are also required to take the same courses as a practitioner.”
  • “A pharmacist knows a lot more about drugs than a PCP.”
  • “Birth control should be as widespread as possible. This is just another way to ensure that as many women as possible have access to it.”

Other: As noted above, 13% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Questioning the need for a prescription: “Why should you need a prescription? It’s not like doctors test to see what would work for you. It’s all just trial and error.”
  • Expressing concern at the broader issue of birth control: “I have read that there are five Planned Parenthood clinics. However, there are 52 other clinics and many pharmacies all over the state.”
  • Debating the need for legislation: “Let the consumer make the choice.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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