Availability of Pharmacist Prescription of Contraception in Rural Areas of Oregon and New Mexico

Contraception. 2020 Mar;101(3):210-212. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2019.11.005. Epub 2019 Dec 17.

Abstract

Objective: To determine the availability of pharmacist prescribing of hormonal contraception in rural areas of two states.

Study design: Cross-sectional survey.

Results: Overall, 42% of pharmacies prescribed contraception (Oregon: 46% and New Mexico 19%). A similar proportion of rural pharmacies reported offering pharmacist prescription of 37 contraception as urban locations (39% vs 46%, p = 0.26). Nearly 53% of rural and 45% of urban pharmacies report billing women, rather than insurance, directly for the cost of the pharmacist consultation. Over 80% of pharmacists in both rural and urban locations did not know if Medicaid covered the cost.

Conclusion: Pharmacists in rural areas are as willing as their urban counterparts to prescribe hormonal contraception. Financial barriers remain a concern.

Keywords: Contraception; Pharmacist; Pharmacy; Rural health.