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Birth Control

Emergency Contraceptives

The WSMA supports allowing pharmacists in Washington to dispense emergency contraceptives directly to patients under a prescriptive protocol, with a local physician advisor. The WSMA believes these pharmacist-physician alliances should be overseen by both the Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission and the Washington Medical Commission. (Res A-2, A-98) (Amended A-17)

The WSMA encourages physicians to educate patients about emergency contraception, in advance of the patient's stated need, whenever such education appears appropriate and feasible. (Res C-14, A 06) (Reaffirmed A-19)

The WSMA supports the dissemination of accurate information about emergency contraception. (Res C-14, A 06) (Reaffirmed A-19)

The WSMA supports the statewide availability of emergency contraceptives products, and associated educational services, during appropriate hours and under standards that do not pose an unreasonable burden to patients and consumers. (Res C-14, A 06) (Reaffirmed A-19)


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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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