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Hawaii Comprehensive Contraceptive Education and Certification for the Pharmacist

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2 Year Real-Time Access


Course Type:
Self-Paced, Exam Based

4 Hours/0.4 CEUs

Comprehensive Contraceptive Education and Certification:

SB 513 SD1 HD1 authorizes pharmacists to prescribe and dispense self-administered hormonal contraceptive supplies to patients regardless of a previous prescription, subject to specified education and procedural requirements. Authorizes insurance reimbursement to pharmacists. The first such statewide protocol is self-administered contraception.

The University of Hawaii at Hilo, Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy is honored to partner with Oregon State University to offer this training program that allows Hawaii pharmacists to meet the requirements necessary to provide contraceptive care to women in our state.  We are now the fourth state in the nation to allow pharmacists to prescribe contraceptives. The Hawaii statute provides this per protocol.

Additional materials, including self-screening questionnaires, treatment algorithm, and current contraceptive guidelines are available on the Hawaii State Board of Pharmacy website.  

Women in the United States have had access to highly effective hormonal contraception in the form of an oral pill for decades. However, they have always needed to see their doctor or women’s health provider in order to get a prescription for it, causing what many believe to be an unnecessary hurdle. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have issued a formal statement that self-administered hormonal contraception should be made more accessible by removing this barrier. This is because the benefit of preventing unintended pregnancies by improving access to hormonal contraception outweighs the small risks associated with serious adverse events. 

While pharmacists are knowledgeable in being able to counsel women on the side effects and what to expect, before now they have never been in the role of starting or continuing a woman on any form of hormonal contraception. It is good to have a foundational knowledge on hormonal contraception, but prescribing it requires a deeper understanding of how to practice seeing patients and in making clinical decisions.

This training program has received significant support and guidance from several OBGYN members of ACOG, and is specifically designed to give pharmacists the tools needed to be confident and successful in prescribing and monitoring self-administered hormonal contraception.

This training program has been approved by the Hawaii State Board of Pharmacy as fulfilling the requirements of Chapter 461 of Hawaii's Revised Statutes and is accredited by ACPE. Further questions regarding this program please contact Roy Goo, PharmD.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Information:

This program has been planned and implemented in accordance with the policies of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education through the sponsorship of OSU College of Pharmacy. The OSU College of Pharmacy is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Upon completion of this activity, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, and a Statement of Credit shall be uploaded to CPE Monitor. Completion requires 1) Registration for the course 2) Completion of all modules and 3) Completion of the program evaluation.

UAN: 0036-0000-19-085-H04-P
Activity Type: Application
Activity Release Date: 6/10/2019
Activity Expiration Date: 6/10/2022

About the Course:

Additional Resources:

State of Hawaii Referral List for Providers of Women's Health and Family Planning Services

Resources for Patients

The guidelines for contraceptive use put out by the CDC have an app that can be downloaded for use. You can find it by searching "US MEC US SPR" in iTunes or Google Play, or by clicking on this link and scrolling down: US MEC App, the guidelines for contraceptive use put out by the CDC.

Contact Information:

An NABP e-Profile ID and NPI number must be provided to complete the certification process, if you need help credentialing please contact the OSU College of Pharmacy

If you have questions regarding the course content customized to the State of Hawaii, please contact Lorinda Anderson

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If you've already completed one of our ACPE accredited state courses and need certification in an additional state(s), please click here to complete the form request.