Maryland Comprehensive Contraceptive Education for the Pharmacist

Started Mar 2, 2020
4 credits

$250 Enroll

Full course description

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Continual Access:
2 Year Real-Time Access


Course Type:
Self-Paced, Exam Based

4 Hours/0.4 CEUs

Comprehensive Contraceptive Education:

Welcome to Comprehensive Contraceptive Education for the Maryland Pharmacist. Prior to completing this training program, please be aware pharmacists will be required to follow the rules and regulations for contraception prescribing as approved by the Maryland Board of Pharmacy. In addition to the rules and regulations, the Board has approved several documents pharmacists will be required to utilize including a self-assessment form, visit summary form, and algorithm. Both this training program and the Maryland Board-approved documents are based on the contraceptive guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control also known as the US Medical Eligibility Criteria (US MEC). However, per the Maryland Algorithm for prescribing contraception, there are some more stringent criteria for referral pharmacists will be responsible for following when compared to the US MEC and applies to all methods of hormonal contraception pharmacists can prescribe.

These more stringent criteria and disease-states will require referral to a primary care provider:

    • Has had major surgery with prolonged immobilization.
    • Recent and worrisome change in vaginal bleeding.
    • All types of stomach reduction surgery; both restrictive AND malabsorptive procedures.
    • Solid organ transplant; both complicated AND uncomplicated.
    • All types of Lupus; including positive or unknown antiphospholipid antibodies, severe thrombocytopenia and immunosuppressive therapy.
    • All types of hepatitis, liver disease or cancer, gall bladder disease or jaundice; including mild or severe cirrhosis, benign and malignant liver cancer, symptomatic or asymptomatic gallbladder disease, and in cholecystectomy.

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 Statement 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 3) Passing a final exam with 80% or higher and 4) Completion of the program evaluation.

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
1) Work with an individual woman to choose the best and most effective contraceptive method for her.
2) Build a strong knowledge base for hormonal contraceptives including the mechanism of action, doses, types, use, benefits, and risks.
3) Effectively counsel patients on the importance of adherence, missed pills, interactions, and side effects of combined hormonal contraceptives.
4) Recognize the purpose of the self-assessment questionnaire, and how it relates to the US Medical Eligible Criteria guidelines published by the CDC.
5) Assess an individual woman's risk when compared to the benefits of combined hormonal contraceptions in order to determine whether or not she should be referred to her women's health provider.
6) Utilize tools that will aid in how to incorporate a service that provides hormonal contraception to women at a community pharmacy or ambulatory care site.
7) Compare DMPA to other "self-administered" hormonal contraceptive methods including the oral pill, the transdermal patch, and the vaginal ring.
8) Evaluate the risks associated with DMPA, and other progestin-only methods, for a given patient in order to determine her eligibility for use.

UAN: 0036-0000-22-310-H01-P
Target Audience: Pharmacists licensed in Maryland
Activity Type: Application
Activity Release Date: 01/01/2022
Activity Expiration Date: 01/01/2025
Contributors: Lorinda Anderson, PharmD, BCPS; Mark Leid, PhD, BPharm; Adriane Irwin, MS, PharmD, BCACP
Disclosures: None of the contributors, designers, or peer reviewers for this course have any financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose

About the Course:

Additional Resources:

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 register. If you need help credentialing please contact the OSU College of Pharmacy.

If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact OSU College of Pharmacy.

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