Pharmacists can now prescribe birth control in New Mexico Web Staff
June 09, 2017 05:32 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It's now a little easier for women in New Mexico to obtain birth control.


Starting Friday, women no longer need to visit a doctor for a prescription. They can simply see a pharmacist and they'll be able to prescribe contraceptives. They can be in either the oral or patch forms.

The change is to counter a shortage of primary care doctors in rural areas in New Mexico.

Not all pharmacists are required to participate, and those who do will need some extra training.

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