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Birth control vending machines installed in college campuses

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Replies to: Birth control vending machines installed in college campuses

  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 19,495 Senior Member
    edited June 2017
    Over The Counter. Like aspirin which is what most people here want. There are some restricted OTC drugs that are "behind the counter".
  • philbegasphilbegas Registered User Posts: 2,997 Senior Member
    OK, so then an argument could be made that BC should be behind the counter so that when when you buy it the pharmacist has to explain to you that there ARE side effects for you to be aware of?

    I'm not 100% sure how I feel about it, but I'm (1) a man and (2) not in the medical field so my opinion on it is doubly irrelevant haha.
  • saillakeeriesaillakeerie Registered User Posts: 2,036 Senior Member
    Pharmacists I know say there are only two questions customers ask. 1) how much will it cost. 2) when will it be ready.
  • gouf78gouf78 Registered User Posts: 7,420 Senior Member
    In Colorado which lets pharmacists prescribe BC pills--" Women will need to complete a health history questionnaire and have their blood pressure taken at the pharmacy. The pharmacist will use this information to determine which methods of birth control are safe."
    Sounds good to me. All states should follow suit to make BC much more accessible beyond a doctor's office and a clinic.

    There are many different options among BC pills. And alternatives to BC pills that may be much more beneficial for a client. I think a consultation with a pharmacist is a good safeguard for health. It at least requires a blood pressure reading and a health survey.
    Even with no insurance BC pills are very affordable in most cases.

    And people do ask much more than "how much" and " "when will it be ready?"
    Prescriptions are dispensed with a lot of info (that will make you cross-eyed).

    Here's how I look at it as a pharmacist--if people have to ask about which OTC cold or allergy or pain pill to take among all the choices available on the shelf --then what makes you think it would be any easier to self-select for BC pills?

    The initial consultation is important just to narrow down choices-- and a two minute blood pressure test which would never happen if not required.

    As to vending machines--- BC pills are not an "immediate use" type product (versus "morning after" pills and condoms and even Viagra).. Ain't gonna save you unless you just "forgot" for an entire month to get more. If you "forget the refill" then BC pills aren't a good choice to begin with.
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