“Our pharmacists are well-trained…they are medication experts and professionals.”

March 21, 2023

Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, a top Republican on the panel, said that recent studies of pharmacists who are already providing hormonal contraceptives in Oregon indicate that about 7 percent of patients there are referred back to their general practitioners.

“I am confident that our pharmacists are well-trained, they are medication experts and professionals, and I have full confidence that they are able to dispense this medication that has been on the market for 61 years faithfully and effectively, and would do nothing to cause any harm to a patient if there was any question whatsoever,” Somers said.