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House gives initial approval to contraceptives bill

February 8, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill that would make hormonal contraceptives available directly from pharmacists has won preliminary approval in the New Hampshire House.

The bill would authorize pharmacists to administer the contraceptives through physician-approved agreements. A House committee had recommended the bill not be approved based on concerns that may expose doctors and pharmacists to liability.

Supporters of the bill said Thursday that it would increase access to contraceptives and cut insurance costs. New Hampshire would join a number of other states where contraceptives sought through pharmacists.

The bill now goes to the House Committee on Commerce.

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