SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News)- Women in Utah now have the option to purchase birth control without a prescription.
Last year, Governor Herbert signed SB 184, a bill that creates a standing order from the Department of Health for pharmacies and allows them to re-prescribe daily, hormonal birth control as long as the patient has seen a doctor within the last two years. The move makes contraceptive medication more affordable and more accessible by lowering the number of doctors visits required.
Tuesday the Department of Health Executive Director Dr. Joseph Miner issued the standing order.
Once a pharmacist is enrolled in the program, women will be able to receive birth contraception after they complete a health history form, have their blood pressure taken, and talk with the pharmacist about which method works best for them.