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Tue May 14, 2024, 11:38 PM Tuesday

Contraceptive services expanding to more independent, chain pharmacies

Port City Daily Staff
May 13, 2024

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — In an effort to make contraceptive services more available to underserved communities, HB 96 passed a few years ago to allow pharmacies to sell birth control without a prescription from a medical provider.

In the tri-county region some independent pharmacies and chains, including Walmart, already have begun selling them and administering injectable prescriptions, as well as offering counseling and education from a pharmacist about options and preventative services. This includes connecting to ongoing care, as needed. Snip... expanding access. Roughly 84 counties in the state are filling coverage gaps, ...snip

“Expanding access to reproductive health care improves health outcomes for mothers, babies and families in North Carolina,” according to North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Kody H. Kinsley, stated in a press release.

It includes people who may not have a doctor to receive contraception, pre-natal vitamins and other health care resources, especially as more than half of North Carolinians pregnancies are unintended.

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