R Sheet on Pharmacy Access to Contraception in Wisconsin

Key Points

Many women have limited access to contraception.
Nearly half of pregnancies in Wisconsin are unintended.
In 2010, taxpayers spent over $313 million to cover the medical costs associated with unintended pregnancies in Wisconsin.
Adopting a pharmacy access model would safely provide women increased access to family planning options.

The pharmacy access model removes unnecessary regulations, provides women with more accessible healthcare options, and reduces public health expenditures. Expanding the scope of practice for pharmacists in this way increases consumer freedom while alleviating governmental burden.

For these reasons, Wisconsin should implement the pharmacy access model and allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control directly to patients.

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