Should pharmacists be able to dispense birth control pills to women in NH who do not have a doctor’s prescription?

Feb 05, 2018

HB 1822, under consideration by the Legislature this year, allows pharmacists to dispense oral contraceptives based on a standing order from a physician. This means a woman could purchase hormonal birth control from a pharmacist without first getting a prescription from her own doctor.

A vote in the House is expected Wednesday.

Over-the-counter birth control hearing

Jan 12, 2018

On Thursday, January 11 the a New Hampshire House committee heard public testimony on a bill that would make birth control pills available over the counter.

The bill, HB 1822, would allow pharmacists to dispense hormonal birth control through a signed protocol authored by a qualified physician or APRN. HB 1822 also requires health insurance to cover birth control dispensed by a pharmacist.

Should oral contraceptives be available without a prescription from a doctor in NH?

Mar 19, 2017
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If passed, SB 154 would make oral contraceptives available without a prescription.

According to the bill, pharmacies, including mail-order pharmacies, could dispense oral contraceptives "to persons 18 years of age or older without a prescription after an initial consultation with a licensed or certified health care provider."

More vaccines at pharmacies?

On Thursday, March 3 the state Senate will vote on SB 325, a bill to expand the list of vaccines pharmacists may administer.

Right now pharmacists can give consumers flu, pneumonia, and shingles vaccines.

As originally written, SB 325 expands that list to include hepatitis, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), chickenpox, meningitis, and MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccines.  However, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee is recommending cutting that list of new vaccines back to only MMR.

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