Increasing Access to Hormonal Contraceptive Products

Many states are allowing pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptives to increase and ensure access. This 4-hour online interactive training program will prepare pharmacists to discuss the hormonal contraceptive options available to prescribe, furnish or dispense, in accordance with state laws. This training meets the requirements for most states that currently allow pharmacist-furnished contraception.

Activity Type: Knowledge-based (Module 1); Application-based (Modules 2-4)
Target Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings

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Learning objectives

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 contraceptives.
  • Describe features of the currently available forms of hormonal contraception.
  • Determine if a woman meets the eligibility criteria for specific methods of hormonal contraception.  

Module 3: Communicating 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.
  • List counseling strategies to reduce risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • List 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 hormonal contraceptives in pharmacy practice.
  • Explain how to write a prescription for contraceptive products.
  • Document patient care visits related to hormonal contraceptive products.

Accreditation

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Increasing Access to Hormonal Contraceptive Products is approved for 4 contact hours (0.4 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit. The ACPE Universal Activity Numbers (UAN) for this activity are listed below.

  • Module 1: Hormonal Contraceptive Products is approved for 1 hour (0.1 CEU) of CPE credit. ACPE UAN 0202-0000-17-233-H01-P
  • Module 2: Assessing Women for Hormonal Contraception is approved for 1 hours (0.1 CEUs) of CPE credit. ACPE UAN 0202-0000-17-234-H01-P
  • Module 3: Communicating About Hormonal Contraceptives is approved for 1 hour (0.1 CEUs) of CPE credit. ACPE UAN 0202-0000-17-235-H04-P
  • Module 4: Pharmacy Practice Operations is approved for 1 hours (0.1 CEUs) of CPE credit. ACPE UAN 0202-0000-17-236-H04-P 
Program completion requirements

To earn continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit and/or a Certificate of Completion, participants must meet all the following requirements:

  • Complete four self-study modules, each of which consists of a presentation, an assessment, and a module evaluation.
  • Achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on each module assessment.
  • Credit must be claimed for each module in order to obtain credit.
    • Participants will need to have a valid APhA (pharmacist.com) username and password, as well as a CPE Monitor account to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.
  • The Certificate of Completion will be available online upon successful completion of the necessary activity requirements on the participant’s My Training page.

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete a continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit an assessment a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Release Date:  September 1, 2017
Expiration Date: September 1, 2020 - PLEASE NOTE: NO Home Study credit granted after this date


Development and support

Increasing Access to Hormonal Contraceptive Products was developed by the American Pharmacists Association. Copyright © 2017 by the American Pharmacists Association. This activity is supported by an unrestricted educational grant by Merck & Co.

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