Albertsons pharmacists in Idaho will begin prescribing oral contraceptives without a doctor’s visit required, writes Idaho Press reporter Rachel Spacek. The company follows as other pharmacies, like Idaho State University’s pharmacy and pharmacies in the Kroger chain, are offering the same service. Following state legislation passed in 2018, which gave pharmacists authority to prescribe medication for minor conditions, Albertsons pharmacists are able to prescribe contraceptives, flu and strep-throat medication, medication for reoccurring urinary tract infections, and other minor conditions, Spacek reports.
The National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations reported eight other states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation that allows pharmacists to prescribe contraceptives without a doctor’s approval. You can read Spacek's full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's edition of the Idaho Press.