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Increasing Access to Hormonal Contraceptive Products: A Training Program for Pharmacists

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Many states are allowing pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptives to increase and ensure access. Get the training you need to offer this service at your practice. APhA’s new online training program will prepare you to discuss the options available to women.

This program consists of four, interactive, online modules:

Module 1: Hormonal Contraceptive Products
At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:

• Describe how hormonal contraceptive products affect phases of the menstrual cycle to inhibit ovulation.
• Differentiate among types of hormonal contraceptive products.
• List non-contraceptive uses of various forms of hormonal contraceptive products.

 

Module 2: Assessing Women for Hormonal Contraception
At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

• Assess whether a woman is an appropriate candidate for hormonal contraception.
• Describe features of various forms of hormonal contraceptive products.
• Discuss women’s eligibility criteria for hormonal contraception.
• Recommend contraceptive products on the basis of patient-specific information.

 

Module 3: Communicating With Patients About Hormonal Contraceptives
At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

• Formulate a plan to educate women on proper use of hormonal contraceptive products.
• Formulate a plan to educate women on the risks and benefits of hormonal contraceptive products.
• Discuss counseling strategies to reduce risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
• Discuss strategies on how to communicate information with other members of a patient’s care team.

 

Module 4: Pharmacy Practice Operations
At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

• Discuss laws and regulations that allow pharmacists to furnish hormonal contraceptives.
• Describe a process to furnish patients with self-administered hormonal contraceptives in pharmacy practice.
• Explain how to write a prescription for contraceptive products.
• Document patient visits related to hormonal contraceptive products.

This activity is supported by an unrestricted educational grant by Merck & Co.

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