Pharmacists are trained professionals who dispense prescription medications and counsel patients on the safe and appropriate use of medications. They may also conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the ordering of medications and provide advice on healthy lifestyles. Pharmacists can work in pharmacies in a variety of settings, including independent pharmacies, retail clinics, general merchandise stores, grocery stores, hospitals and other health care facilities, among others.
The links on the right lead to maps showing a comparison of all states and territories for the following four policy areas:
1. Administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.
2. Prescription adaptation.
3. Prescription of hormonal contraceptives.
4. Prescription of tobacco cessation aids.
Choose a tab to explore different options. For more detailed information, please click on a state or territory.
Prescription of hormonal contraceptives refers to a pharmacist’s authority to prescribe contraceptives without having a collaborative practice agreement in place. In these states, patients do not need to see a doctor to receive a prescription for hormonal contraceptives. A pharmacist may ask a patient to complete a screening before prescribing to ensure the patient is the right candidate for the type of contraceptive requested. A pharmacist may also be required to complete specialized training before prescribing contraceptives, depending on the laws and regulations in the state.