Birth Control

Hormonal Birth Control Standing Order

 

On March 27, 2019, the executive director of the Utah Department of Health signed a statewide standing order allowing pharmacists to dispense contraceptive pills, patch, or ring to women ages 18 or older. Through this standing order, any woman can walk into a participating pharmacy and purchase hormonal contraception without needing a prescription. Women will be able to receive birth control pills, contraceptive patches, or vaginal rings from participating pharmacists after they complete a health history form, have their blood pressure taken, and talk with the pharmacist about which contraceptive method will work best for them. Patients will still be responsible for covering the cost of their medications and the consultation with the pharmacist; either by utilizing insurance coverage or paying out of their pocket. Women will be required to provide proof of a visit with their women’s health care provider every two years. To see a copy of the standing order click here.

Pharmacists who utilize the standing order will be required to register online with the UDOH and submit annual reports on their dispensing activities.