- Designed For
- Designed for pharmacists prescribing self-administered hormonal contraception
- If you are a pharmacist working in a pharmacy organization or chain, you may wish to contact your district or regional manager to determine if your company has partnered with Oregon State University College of Pharmacy to provide this education on a group contract.
- To arrange registration for your pharmacy organization, please contact Melanie Mitchell.
- 4 hours
- Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE): 0.4 CEUs
- UAN - 0036-0000-17-099-H04-P
Colorado Senate Bill 16-135 created the infrastructure for the Colorado Boards of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Nursing to work collaboratively with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to create statewide protocols to address public health needs. The first such statewide protocol is self-administered contraception. The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is honored to partner with Oregon State University to offer this training program that allows Colorado pharmacists to meet the requirements necessary to provide contraceptive care to women in our state. We are now the third state in the nation to allow pharmacists to prescribe contraceptives. The Colorado statute provides this per protocol.
Additional materials, including self-screening questionnaires, treatment algorithm, and current contraceptive guidelines are available on the Colorado State Board of Pharmacy website.
Women in the United States have had access to highly effective hormonal contraception in the form of an oral pill for decades. However, they have always needed to see their doctor or women’s health provider in order to get a prescription for it, causing what many believe to be an unnecessary hurdle. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have issued a formal statement that self-administered hormonal contraception should be made more accessible by removing this barrier. This is because the benefit of preventing unintended pregnancies by improving access to hormonal contraception outweighs the small risks associated with serious adverse events.
While pharmacists are knowledgeable in being able to counsel women on the side effects and what to expect, before now they have never been in the role of starting or continuing a woman on any form of hormonal contraception. It is good to have a foundational knowledge on hormonal contraception, but prescribing it requires a deeper understanding of how to practice seeing patients and in making clinical decisions.
This training program has received significant support and guidance from several OBGYN members of ACOG, and is specifically designed to give pharmacists the tools needed to be confident and successful in prescribing and monitoring self-administered hormonal contraception.
Note: The curriculum is state-based, and pharmacists should complete Comprehensive Contraceptive Education and Certification for the state in which they practice. In addition to Colorado, this online training program is also available for pharmacists practicing in California, Oregon and Washington.
What You'll Learn
- Work with an individual woman to choose the best and most effective contraceptive method for her.
- Build a strong knowledge base for hormonal contraceptives including the mechanism of action, doses, types, use, benefits, and risks.
- Effectively counsel patients on the importance of adherence, missed pills, interactions, and side effects of combined hormonal contraceptives.
- Recognize the purpose of the self-assessment questionnaire, and how it relates to the US Medical Eligible Criteria guidelines published by the CDC.
- 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.
- 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.
Instructors Who Developed This Course