Utah Comprehensive Contraceptive Education and Certification for the Prescribing Pharmacist
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Comprehensive Contraceptive Education and Certification:
Dear Utah Pharmacist,
On March 27, 2019, the executive director of the Utah Department of Health signed a statewide standing order allowing pharmacists to dispense contraceptive pills, patch, or ring to women ages 18 or older. Through this standing order, any woman can walk into a participating pharmacy and purchase hormonal contraception without needing a prescription. Women will be able to receive birth control pills, contraceptive patches, or vaginal rings from participating pharmacists after they complete a health history form, have their blood pressure taken, and talk with the pharmacist about which contraceptive method will work best for them. Patients will still be responsible for covering the cost of their medications and the consultation with the pharmacist; either by utilizing insurance coverage or paying out of their pocket. Women will be required to provide proof of a visit with their women’s health care provider every two years. To see a copy of the standing order click here.
The Utah Statewide Standing Order authorizes the pharmacist or pharmacist intern to provide the following dosage forms of self-administered hormonal contraceptives:
- Oral hormonal contraceptive
- Hormonal vaginal ring; and
- Hormonal contraceptive patch.
Please note that DMPA is not included in this list of authorized of self-administered hormonal contraceptives. Module 6 of this course discusses DMPA therapy.
Please refer to the Hormonal Contraceptive Resources
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
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.
Activity Type: Application
Activity Release Date: 4/1/2019
Activity Expiration Date: 4/1/2022
About the Certification:
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.
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 Utah, please contact Lorinda Anderson
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.