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.

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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.

Under the bill, pharmacists would be required to undergo training and administer blood tests.

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The Colorado Medical Society – which represents physicians – has not taken a position on the bill.

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Representatives Alex Valdez and Leslie Herod are sponsoring the bill.