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

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Coming in Spring 2017!

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, three-hour training program, focused on hormonal contraceptives, will prepare you to discuss the options available to women.

This program consists of four, interactive, online modules:

Module 1: Assessing Patients for Hormonal Contraception

At the completion of this application based activity, participants will be able to:

  • List forms of contraception available in the United States, including the efficacy associated with each form.
  • Describe features of various forms of hormonal contraceptive products, including implants, pills, patches, and vaginal rings.
  • Discus how to use medical eligibility criteria for hormonal contraceptive use to assess the appropriateness of self-administered hormonal contraceptive products.
  • Assess whether a patient is an appropriate candidate for hormonal contraceptive products.

Module 2: Hormonal Contraceptive Products

At the completion of this application-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 self-administered hormonal contraceptive products, including progestin-only pills; combined oral contraceptives, including monophasic, biphasic, triphasic, and extended cycle products; and emergency contraceptives.
  • List additional uses of various forms of hormonal contraceptive products, including management of acne, perimenopausal symptoms, and premenstrual symptoms.
  • Select specific hormonal contraceptive products based on patient characteristics.

Module 3: Communicating With Patients About Hormonal Contraceptives

At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

  • Educate patients about the proper use of self-administered hormonal contraceptive products, including the importance of adherence and when back-up methods are necessary.
  • Discuss risks for sexually transmitted diseases and strategies to reduce risk.
  • Educate patients about the risks and benefits of hormonal contraceptive products, including potential adverse events and symptoms that should be reported to a health care provider.

Module 4: Pharmacy Practice Operations

At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss laws and regulations, including collaborative practice agreements and state-wide protocols, that allow pharmacists to furnish self-administered hormonal contraceptives.
  • Describe a process to furnish patients with self-administered hormonal contraceptives in a community or ambulatory pharmacy practice setting.
  • Explain how to write a prescription for a self-administered hormonal contraceptive product.
  • Document patient visits related to hormonal contraceptive products and communicate appropriate information with other members of a patient’s care team.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be eligible to claim three hours of continuing pharmacy education credit.

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