Oregon Bill Allowing Pharmacists to Prescribe PrEP and PEP Passes House

Oregon Bill Allowing Pharmacists to Prescribe PrEP and PEP Passes House

Members of the Oregon House voted 47–7 to pass a bill allowing pharmacists to prescribe pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) drugs to prevent HIV, reports Cascade AIDS Project (CAP), a nonprofit HIV organization leading the effort to pass the bill. Colorado has allowed pharmacists to prescribe PrEP and PEP since November 2020, and in California a similar bill went into effect January 1, 2020. “Both PrEP and PEP are powerful tools in the effort to end the HIV epidemic,” Oregon state Representative Dacia Grayber, a Democrat and a chief sponsor of the bill, said in a press release from the Oregon House. Clearly, bold, innovative policies are urgently needed to make HIV prevention tools more accessible for marginalized communities. To learn more, see “What’s the Difference Between Truvada and Descovy for PrEP?” and “Prevention: Generic Truvada.” For more general information, see the POZ Basics on HIV Prevention.

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