The University Health Center Pharmacy is excited to offer pharmacist-prescribed contraceptive consultations. Pharmacists can prescribe birth control pills or patches. Any other methods [such as the ring (NuvaRing), injection (Depo), implants, and IUDs] must still be prescribed by a doctor or nurse practitioner.
No appointment is necessary for this service—just come to the pharmacy Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. If you do prefer to schedule a time, you can also do that through the pharmacy. When you arrive, we will check you in, ask that you fill out some information using the kiosk computers, and then provide the consultation when a pharmacist is available. If you prefer not to wait, we can schedule a time for you later the same day. From start to finish, plan on 30-45 minutes on average for check-in, consultation, and prescription filling. Since consults are on a drop-in basis, your wait time from check-in to consultation to prescription pick up may vary depending on staffing and patient volume. Pharmacy staff will give you an anticipated wait time at check in. The consultation will take place in a quiet, confidential space away from the pharmacy window so you will have the pharmacist's complete attention and you may have your questions answered completely.
The price for the visit is $15. Prices for the prescribed medication vary with the product selected and your insurance plan. Prescribing pharmacists are registered as clinicians and are credentialed with many insurance plans, including Oregon Health Plan. You may wish to check with your specific insurance company to make sure this service is covered. Oregon Contraceptive Care (CCare) has chosen not to cover pharmacist-prescribed birth control services or products. CCare patients must continue to see their doctor or nurse practitioner, or use their private insurance.
All pharmacist-clinicians participating in this program have gone through an extensive training program to be able to provide this service. Part of the consultation will involve you providing select medical information to make sure that you meet the Board of Pharmacy requirements for eligibility. If you have any chronic medical conditions, experience migraines, or have been denied contraceptive prescriptions by a provider in the recent past, you should contact the pharmacy before requesting a contraceptive consult.