DENVER (CBS4) – A bill is moving through the state legislature which would allow pharmacists to dispense HIV prevention drugs without a prescription from a doctor. The bill passed out of its first committee on Friday.
Some pharmacists say many people who need PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) medicine don’t get them because they won’t see a doctor for various reasons.READ MORE: COVID Restrictions In Larimer County: Local Public Health Order To Expire Sunday
Under the bill, pharmacists would be required to undergo training and administer blood tests.READ MORE: Colorado's Comeback: Bring Patience When Dining Out, Many Restaurants Understaffed
The Colorado Medical Society – which represents physicians – has not taken a position on the bill.MORE NEWS: COVID In Colorado: Governor's Office Lifts Face Mask Mandate For Those Who Are Vaccinated
Representatives Alex Valdez and Leslie Herod are sponsoring the bill.