Availability of pharmacist prescription of contraception in rural areas of Oregon and New Mexico

Maria I. Rodriguez, Bharti Garg, Shannon M. Williams, Jessica Souphanavong, Kaitlin Schrote, Blair G. Darney

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-212
Number of pages3
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2020


  • Contraception
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy
  • Rural health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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