New law allowing over-the-counter birth control sales takes effect

Apr 13, 2016 11:58 AM by News Staff

A new law in California allows women to buy birth control directly from a pharmacist without a prescription from their doctor.

It was adopted in 2013 and was to take effect April 8.

But, a check of pharmacies in Chico recently showed that none of them have started prescribing birth control.

The law does allow pharmacists some discretion as prescribers. They'll do patient evaluations, as well as check for high blood pressure and counteractions with other medications the patient is taking.

Some say it's not enough. But, the change brought positive reaction from viewers in Chico.

"I think it's important for women to have a choice in whether to have a child, and I think this is a safe and a sane way to do it," said Dale Brown, a Chico resident.

There is some local concern, however, about the implications of making birth-control easier to access for under-age teens. Some believe this will lead to safer sex practices.

"I think if we teach our youth and our generation to practice safe sex and to practice those methods we actually may see a decrease in teenage pregnancy,” said Armando Romo.

A Planned Parenthood spokesperson in Redding told us they're confident that pharmacists are capable of safely prescribing the appropriate medications for patients, although they are not required to do so.


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