This is What Happened When I Tried to Get Birth Control From a Pharmacist in San Francisco

Last April, the California Board of Pharmacy adopted regulations allowing pharmacists to dispense oral contraceptives, vaginal rings, and patches.

But has much really changed? Over the past two weeks, I called over 130 pharmacies to see if I could get a prescription for birth control. Want to know how that turned out? ONE pharmacy said they could actually prescribe me birth control. That one pharmacist also had to actually look up how to actually do this, because he had never done this before. Kudos to him for actually knowing that this was even an option and for being willing to find a way to do this.

Interested in seeing the results from my calls? An interactive map and a table of all of the pharmacies I contacted, can be found HERE.

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