Pharmacists at select Rite Aid stores in California, Maryland, New Hampshire, Nevada and Oregon can now prescribe hormonal contraceptives, improving access for women in these states
Rite Aid Corporation (OTC: RADCQ) today announced that customers in California, Maryland, New Hampshire, Nevada and Oregon can now receive prescribed hormonal contraceptives by their local Rite Aid pharmacist at most store locations after completing an in-person private consultation. Pharmacists in these states have gained the authority to prescribe hormonal contraceptives depending on each state’s laws and regulations.
“As trusted healthcare advisors, pharmacists play a key role on the front lines of a customer’s health and wellness journey,” said Summer Williams Kerley, Vice President, Clinical Operations and Health Plan Solutions at Rite Aid. “Now that Rite Aid pharmacists can prescribe and dispense hormonal contraception, women will have easier access to these medications as we continue to expand the role of our pharmacists to help our customers achieve whole health for life.”
Training requirements typically require a state board-approved program or continuing education program. Rite Aid has created an internal Board of Pharmacy-approved ACPE Accredited CPE course to certify our pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraception in select states. This training outlines the procedures to successfully guide pharmacists through the prescribing consultation for hormonal contraceptives, which includes screening, counseling, dispensing, and the required documentation.
Customers ages 18 and older in eligible states can schedule a private contraceptive consultation through our online scheduler or by speaking with their pharmacist. Walk-in consultations are also welcome.
Rite Aid has expansion plans for prescribing and dispensing hormonal contraception in additional states as regulations permit.
About Rite Aid Corporation
Rite Aid is a full-service pharmacy that improves health outcomes. Rite Aid is defining the modern pharmacy by meeting customer needs with a wide range of vehicles that offer convenience, including retail and delivery pharmacy, as well as services offered through our wholly owned subsidiaries, Elixir, Bartell Drugs and Health Dialog. Elixir, Rite Aid’s pharmacy benefits and services company, consists of accredited mail and specialty pharmacies, prescription discount programs and an industry leading adjudication platform to offer superior member experience and cost savings. Health Dialog provides healthcare coaching and disease management services via live online and phone health services. Regional chain Bartell Drugs has supported the health and wellness needs in the Seattle area for more than 130 years. Rite Aid employs more than 6,300 pharmacists and operates more than 2,300 retail pharmacy locations across 17 states. For more information, visit www.riteaid.com.