Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Pharmacists Prescribe Oral Contraceptives, Planned Parenthood Happy

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Pharmacists Prescribe Oral Contraceptives, Planned Parenthood Happy

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Saskatchewan pharmacists can now prescribe the pill

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REGINA - Women in Saskatchewan can now head to their local pharmacy instead of their physician's office to get birth control.

Pharmacists have been authorized to write up both new prescriptions and refills for oral contraceptives and urinary tract infection medication.

Myla Wollbaum of the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan says the new policy doesn't mean women shouldn't consult with their family doctor.

She says it just makes access faster and easier to get the pill -- especially in rural areas.

Wollbaum says many communities have a pharmacy but don't necessarily have immediate or direct access to a physician all the time, or at all.

Shelley Svedahl of Planned Parenthood says the organization it is pleased with the change. …

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