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Maryland also eases access to birth control

June 18, 2017 at 7:21 PM


The June 10 news article "New Mexico moves to ease access to birth control" highlighted efforts across the country to address the barriers many women face in obtaining hormonal contraceptives and mentioned as states that have authorized pharmacists to prescribe and dispense contraceptives California, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington state.

With Maryland's unintended pregnancy rate of unintended pregnancies at 58 percent , higher than the national average, members of the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation this past session (HB 613/SB 363) that sets up the framework for women in Maryland to obtain their birth control from Maryland pharmacists. Regulations under development include pharmacist training, patient assessment protocols, communication with physicians and guidelines for patient referrals to physicians for additional care.

The legislation was supported by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Maryland Nurses Association and backed by high-impact studies that demonstrate the value pharmacists bring to patient care.

Natalie D. Eddington, Baltimore

The writer is dean of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

sigok [[Playback sent 6/18/17 @ 3:10 pm--gm]]

Mr. White,

Thanks so much for your response. I can attest to the fact that Natalie Eddington wrote the letter using her own name and did not acquire any portion elsewhere.

She has not submitted or posted any of its content on any other media, including a blog.

She has no other involvement with the subject matter.

Also, pasting from the other email that I sent to you, here is her personal info:

Natalie D. Eddington

2209 Arden Road

Baltimore, MD


The edits to condense the letter are fine.

Please go ahead and, if possible, let us know whether to expect to read the letter both online and in print. If the latter, could you advise which day I should rush to my front lawn?




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Relevant expertise, conflicts of interest or other comments: This letter has not been submitted to, posted to or published by any other media, and the writer has no conflict of interest. The relevant expertise is that the writer is dean and professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Her direct email is: Please call or email me, Patricia Fanning, senior media relations specialist at UMB if you wish her home address & personal phone.

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