pharmacists

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The Missouri House of Representatives will consider House Bill 233 this week, which could allow pharmacists to prescribe and dispense oral contraceptives. Missouri law currently only allows physicians to prescribe this medication. A few states in the country already give pharmacists the ability to prescribe oral contraceptives. Representative Lauren Arthur, a democrat from Kansas City, said passing the bill would put Missouri on the forefront of positive health initiatives.

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A Republican lawmaker wants to make it easier for Missouri women to get birth control.

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Supporters say a measure to allow more access to an easy-to-use treatment for heroin and other opioid drug overdoses would save lives.

The Missouri House gave initial approval Monday to a bill that would allow pharmacists and pharmacy assistants to prescribe a drug that's been effective in treating potentially fatal overdoses to anyone.

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  The Missouri Senate unanimously passed a bill today allowing pharmacists to issue small prescription refills of emergency medication without a doctor's order.