Rice co-authors column in support of Assembly Bill 304

Tags: laurel rice, advocacy

UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Laurel Rice, MD, co-authored a guest column published in the Wisconsin State Journal in support of a bill that would allow pharmacists to prescribe some forms of birth control in Wisconsin.

Along with UW-Madison School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Marina Maes, PharmD, Rice laid out the case in support of expanding the ability to prescribe birth control to pharmacists. Their argument focuses on pharmacists as a way to improve access:

“Despite the many benefits of contraceptives, people in Wisconsin may not always have easy access to methods of their choosing. More than one-third of Wisconsin counties do not have a practicing OB-GYN physician, a scarcity that disproportionately affects rural areas. But 90 percent of people in Wisconsin live within 5 miles of a pharmacy. Many pharmacies offer extended hours, and patients can see pharmacists without appointments or copays, removing additional barriers to care that women currently face.”

Read the whole guest column here