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Utah Comprehensive Contraceptive Education for the Prescribing Pharmacist

Started Mar 2, 2020
4 credits

$250 Enroll

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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:

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. 

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

Pharmacists are now in the position to improve access by starting or continuing a patient on any form of hormonal contraception.

This training program has received significant support and guidance from several OBGYN members of ACOG. It is specifically designed to give pharmacists the tools needed to be confident and successful in prescribing and monitoring self-administered hormonal contraception and utilizing the Self-screening Risk Assessment and Contraceptive Assessment Treatment Care Pathway, each based on the US MEC. The training thoroughly educates the pharmacist in all FDA-approved methods of contraceptives, emergency contraceptives, contraindications, drug interactions, contraceptive counseling, and when to refer patients to medical providers.

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: 0036-0000-22-307-H01-P
Target Audience: Pharmacists liscensed in Utah
Activity Type: Application
Activity Release Date: 01/01/2022
Activity Expiration Date: 01/01/2025
Faculty/Contributors: Lorinda Anderson, Pharm.D., BCPS; Mark Ledi, PhD, BPharm; Adriane N. Irwin, MS, PharmD, BCACP
Declarations: 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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