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NYT: States lead charge in pharmacists prescribing birth control

Earlier this year, California and Oregon passed laws allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control to patients. As the measure is set to roll out in the first half of 2016, the New York Times has reported on the growing trend of states allowing pharmacists to prescribe contraceptives, noting its potential impact on medically underserved populations. “I feel strongly that this is what’s best for women’s health in the 21st century, and I also feel it will have repercussions for decreasing poverty because one of the key things for women in poverty is unintended pregnancy,” Oregon Rep. Knute Buehler, the Republican who sponsored Oregon’s law, told NYT. (New York Times)

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Pfizer, Allergan to merge

A 15-member board composed will govern the combined company and Pfizer CEO Ian Read will be CEO of the combined company and Allergan CEO Brent Saunders will be the president and COO.