Is it legal to prescribe a minor puberty blockers without their parents' knowledge or consent? Is there an age limit?

Semi-related example: In Germany, it is legal to prescribe girls birth control pills without their parents' knowledge at the age of 14. Is this case in the US or the UK for hormone blockers?

The Times claims that at least in the UK, you can get hormone blockers even if your parents are against it.

Parents’ consent not needed to block puberty, say judges

This is a purely legal question out of curiosity.

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    The article in question is blocked behind a pay wall. It cannot be read unless you subscribe. As for your question, the hormone blockers in question are more than likely to delay puberty and have nothing to do with Birth Controll (typically, puberty blockers are used as part for transgender therapy).
    – hszmv
    Commented May 11, 2023 at 19:47
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    I know. My spelling might be poor as I am a non native speaker. I would like to know if a minor can get this medicine without its parent knowledge and / or its parent consent. This is the case tor the birth control pill, which is why I used it as an example. Commented May 11, 2023 at 20:19
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    Within the U.S., it's likely going to be different depending on the state. Laws regarding meds and parental consent are typically handled at the state level.
    – hszmv
    Commented May 11, 2023 at 20:22
  • Even true things printed in The Times become false. Commented May 12, 2023 at 10:30
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    The title makes it sound like you're asking whether it is legal for the minor to take the medication (i.e. literally swallow the pills), but the body of the question seems to be asking instead whether it is legal for the doctor to prescribe them, or for the pharmacy to supply them. Can you please edit as needed to clarify? Commented May 12, 2023 at 20:19

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In the US, the answer is complicated. First, puberty blockers are approved by the FDA, but only as a treatment for precocious puberty. There is an off-label use for transgender people, which has been outlawed in some states (thus parental consent / notification is irrelevant). That leaves us with general parental consent laws. This document summarizes the laws of various states regarding parental consent, where again it depends on the specific state whether parental notification or consent is required (and at what age). As you can see, the laws are very complex, involving different ages for different treatments. In Washington, the age of consent for outpatient medical treatment is 13. In Nevada, parental consent is required until age 18 except for emancipated minors and for limited medical purposes (emergencies, substance abuse and STD treatment...).

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