Birth control access set to expand in July

By Greg Hahne
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Published: Thursday, June 29, 2023 - 3:12pm

In July, pharmacists will be allowed to dispense birth control pills, contraceptive vaginal rings and hormone patches without a prescription being needed.

Pharmacists will still need to ask questions to determine if the hormones are safe and appropriate. 

Executive Director of the Arizona Public Health Association Will Humble says while the law risks some people choosing to skip routine care, there is still a balance with the benefits. 

“You know it just makes it that much easier for women to access birth control and their ability to control reproduction and have autonomy over that," Humble said.

There is no firm date for when the change will go into effect, partly because the Arizona Department of Health Services is still finalizing risk assessment forms. 

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