Reproductive Health Information Hub

For Pharmacists Dispensing Self-Administered Hormonal Contraceptives

The Commissioner of Health has issued a standing order allowing pharmacists practicing in the State of New Jersey and licensed by the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy to furnish self-administered hormonal contraceptives to a patient without a patient-specific prescription pursuant to standardized procedures and protocols jointly developed and approved by the Board of Pharmacy and the State Board of Medical Examiners.

  • Medicaid/NJ FamilyCare Coverage of Education and Consultation Related to Pharmacist-Authorized Furnishing of Self-Administered Hormonal Contraceptives – Issued June 2024 [PDF]
  • Standing Order for Self-Administered Hormonal Contraceptives – Issued May 17, 2024 [PDF]
  • Health Screening Questionnaire – for use to determine patient eligibility [PDF]
  • Information from the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy on hormonal contraceptives protocols:

Funding Opportunities

To support facility enhancements to help providers deliver care to more patients, information about the Zero-Percent Interest Rate, One-Year Forgivable Loan Program for Family Planning Facilities Upgrades is available from the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority (HCFFA) in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health:

To support security enhancements to help providers deliver care confidentially and prevent potential attacks on providers and patients, information about the Reproductive Health Security Grant Program is available from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness:

Program and Training Opportunities

Information from the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy on hormonal contraceptives protocols:

2024 Rutgers Project ECHO series on Maternal Health Innovation & Reproductive Health:

New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute’s New Jersey Reproductive Health Access Project Toolkit:

Coming Soon: New Jersey Reproductive Training and Education Initiative through Rutgers University.

Provider Rights, Guidance, and Legal Protections

In October 2021, the State Board of Medical Examiners unanimously voted to adopt new rules to eliminate medically unnecessary regulations on abortion and open new avenues for reproductive healthcare services across the state. This included repealing the rule that singled out abortion care for targeted regulation; clearing the path for Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, and Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Midwives to perform early aspiration terminations of pregnancy; and,

updating the regulations to integrate reproductive care within the generally applicable rules designed to ensure the safety of patients who undergo surgery or special procedures in an office-based health care setting.

New Jersey law (P.L. 2022, c. 51) protects providers by prohibiting New Jersey licensing boards from suspending, revoking, or refusing to renew the license or registration of a professional based solely on their involvement in the provision of abortion services to a person who resides in a jurisdiction where that care is illegal, provided that the care would not provide a basis to suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew the license in New Jersey. Further guidance is available from the Office of the Attorney General: Letter to Licensure Boards on Protecting Reproductive Freedom.

If you are providing or facilitating reproductive health care services, including but not limited to abortion and contraception services, in New Jersey and are traveling from a state where these services are illegal, New Jersey law protects you from being extradited.

Licensed health care providers have a long-standing legal and ethical duty of confidentiality to their patients. Health care licensees may not release patient records without the patient’s consent, except in limited circumstances. NJ law generally prevents the disclosure of a patient’s medical records related to reproductive health care without their consent in any civil, probate, legislative or administrative proceeding. It also prohibits public entities and employees from cooperating with interstate investigations aiming to hold someone liable for seeking, receiving, facilitating, or providing reproductive health care services that are legal in New Jersey.

Guidance about protecting patients and health care providers with respect to data security and disclosure of patient information is available from the Division of Consumer Affairs: Protecting Patient Information. The best way to prevent a data breach is to avoid collecting unnecessary data in the first place (“data minimization”) and to apply reasonable security controls.

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