Stumbling Blocks, Uncertainty Plague Implementation Of Law Allowing Pharmacists To Prescribe Birth Control
Among other issues, some pharmacists in the state are confused about the new law -- with one saying that it was only an option in Oregon -- and that others need to be trained to prescribe the contraception. Thus, more than 18 months after the bill was signed into law, many women are struggling to find a pharmacy that offers the option.
Law Allows Women To Obtain Birth Control Without Prescription, But Few Pharmacies Offer Service
It’s been more than 18 months since California’s governor signed a law allowing pharmacists to distribute birth control without a prescription. Now, legally, women can simply walk into their local pharmacy and pick up contraceptive pills, the patch or the ring — much like getting a flu shot or buying over-the-counter medication. But good luck finding a pharmacy that will actually do it. (O'Mara, 5/19)
Meanwhile, women are being marketed products made with THC to ease period cramps —
The San Jose Mercury News:
Pot For Periods? Medical Marijuana Marketed As Monthly Pain Relief
For many years, Katie, who asked that her last name not be used, only got marginal relief from loading up on high-dose ibuprofen over the course of her seven-day cycle. Recently, she's found what she considers to be a more natural and much more effective remedy: cannabis-infused tinctures and balms designed to relieve menstrual pain and discomfort. (Ross, 5/19)