CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) Birth control is one of the most commonly prescribed medications around, used daily by millions of women. But for each--in most cases--getting access to birth control involved first getting an appointment with a doctor--an OBGYN--or a women's health clinic.
Locally, the Senate Commerce Committee has been told that can mean several months of waiting. Senate Bill 361 would short-circuit that timeline by allowing a pharmacist to prescribe some forms of birth control.
"And they can only do it in limited circumstances," says the bill's primary sponsor, Las Vegas Democrat Nicole Cannizzaro, "and they can only do it where it is used specifically for the prevention of pregnancy."
The bill would require the pharmacist to be trained and certified in birth control methods and it would require them to advise each patient to consult with a doctor and complete a self-screening assessment form.
Some forms of birth control, those requiring a pelvic exam injection or implant, would still require a physician.
"We are talking about the kinds of things that women are already self-administering . Anything that would require an OBGYN to participate in is not covered in this bill."
The bill makes no change in current confidentiality laws and does not require a pharmacist to participate if they have objections.
No one testified against the bill.