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Arkansas bill allowing no-prescription birth control OK'd


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House has approved legislation allowing pharmacists to dispense birth-control pills without a prescription, the day after the bill narrowly failed in the same chamber.

The House on Tuesday voted 54-29 for the bil l. It would allow pharmacists who complete a training program approved by the state Board of Pharmacy to dispense oral contraceptives to women 18 years and older. The measure now heads to the Senate for a vote.

Supporters of the bill say the measure will help reduce teen pregnancies in the state and lower Medicaid costs. The bill failed in th...

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