WASHINGTON (Sept. 30, 2020)—In recent years, the pharmacy access model has lowered healthcare costs and increased patient access to hormonal birth control. However, despite the positive changes it could make to the healthcare system, only 16 states have implemented it thus far.

Now that several states have implemented this model, it is time to examine what works, what can be improved and how to achieve the desired outcome of better access. In a new paper, R Street resident fellow of commercial freedom policy, Courtney Joslin, provides a guide for legislators to enact changes that would allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal birth control.

“As legislators on both sides of the aisle have looked for ways to address high healthcare costs and poor access to healthcare providers, they have discovered what the medical community has known for years: pharmacists are a largely untapped resource,” said Joslin.

You can read the full policy study, “Lessons for Legislators: A Guide to Allowing Pharmacist-Prescribed Birth Control” here.