Timothy Aungst, PharmD
Timothy Dy Aungst, PharmD, is an associate professor of pharmacy practice at MCPHS University. He graduated from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Luke's University Hospital, and then a Clinical Geriatric Fellowship at MCPHS University. He is passionate about the rise of technology in health care and its application to pharmacy. He has published primarily on the role of mobile technology and mHealth, and made multiple national and international presentations on those topics. He blogs at TheDigitalApothecary.com, is a Co-Host of FurtureDose.tech a podcast part of the Pharmacy Podcast Network, and you can find him on Twitter @TDAungst.
While the west coast of the US is firmly engaged in expanding the practice, other states across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic and New England areas are also set to roll out pharmacists capabilities in the next year. A recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights the perils that face women trying to access contraception, while also noting new developments that may expand access, including mobile apps and pharmacists.1 According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, examples of states offering birth control dispensing from pharmacists without a prescription include:
- Oral contraception only - TN, WA
- Oral and transdermal contraceptions - CO, OR
- All self-administered hormonal contraception - CA, D.C., HI, MD (2018), and NM.
My guess is there will be additional training for pharmacists and CE requirements as well before a full roll-out, so probably very late 2018 or more reasonably 2019. I imagine that as time goes on, I would expect other states to adopt as well. If I had to hazard a guess, most likely the push will move westward overall, with most of the Midwest and all of New England and the Mid-Atlantic adopting these practices, and once a majority of the US has become adjusted, the holdover states will pass as well.
- Oral Contraceptive Pills. Kaiser Family Foundation - Women's Health Policy. August 17, 2017. Accessed from https://www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/fact-sheet/oral-contraceptive-pills/.
- N.H. Lawmakers Recommend Pharmacists Prescribe Birth Control. New Hamshire Public Radio. November 27, 2017. Accessed from http://nhpr.org/post/nh-lawmakers-recommend-pharmacists-prescribe-birth-control#stream/0.