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Contraceptive Prescribing

Oregon Pharmacists Prescribing of Contraceptive Therapy

During the 2015 Legislative Session, House Bill (HB) 2879 passed into law and was signed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown on July 6, 2015. The law was intended to develop standard procedures for the prescribing of hormonal contraceptive patches and oral contraceptives by an Oregon licensed pharmacist, providing timely access to care. To ensure public safety and provide a consistent level of care, a pharmacist may participate upon completion of a Board approved training program. Under the rules, OAR 855-019-0400 through 855-019-0435, a qualified pharmacist may prescribe hormonal contraceptives to a patient pursuant to The Oregon Self-Screening Risk Assessment Questionnaire and Standard Procedures Algorithm.
The Oregon Board of Pharmacy convened a consultative workgroup consisting of representatives from the Oregon Medical Board, the Oregon State Board of Nursing, the Oregon Health Authority and subject matter experts. The workgroup’s primary function is to provide advice to the Board related to standard procedures for pharmacist prescribing of hormonal contraceptives, in consideration of guidelines established by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other evidence-based practice standards. The Board will prepare and provide the forms and materials related to the developed standards.
The board would like to extend appreciation to all parties involved, who both directly and indirectly worked to develop this program. The Board would like to extend special recognition to the following individuals: Members of the consultative workgroup, subject matter clinicians including but not limited to Dr. Pete Palacio, Dr. Carrie Miles, and Drs. Maria Rodriguez and Alison Edelman as well as the other clinicians of the OHSU Obstetrics and Gynecology Department. Additionally, the Board recognizes the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the US Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and Family Health International, FHI360.

Laws & Rules

Contraceptive "Tool Kit" Resources

The Oregon Board of Pharmacy has approved one educational training program related to the prescribing of contraceptives by a pharmacist.