Hormonal Contraceptive Consent by Minors

Implications for Pharmacists

Geoffrey Mospan, PharmD, BCPS


US Pharmacist. 2018;43(5):22-25. 

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The subject of minors obtaining hormonal contraceptives without parental consent may be perplexing to the pharmacist. Although some pharmacists may believe that parental consent is required for all medical treatment, many states do not have this restriction concerning contraceptives. As with dispensing prescriptions, pharmacists are expected to exercise professional judgment when prescribing hormonal contraceptives. Pharmacists should familiarize themselves with state regulations when it comes to minors' right to consent to contraceptives and to comply with any privacy or confidentiality requirements in practice.