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Dispensing Emergency Contraception Through a Standing Order - 2017 Update

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Overview / Abstract:

Through Massachusetts General Law 94c Section 19A pharmacists are able to dispense emergency contraception (levonorgestrel and ulipristal acetate) through a standing order signed by an active, registered, physician. This presentation has been approved by the Department of Public Health (DPH) to meet the requirements for special training for emergency contraception. Upon completing this continuing education, registered pharmacists in the state of Massachusetts will meet all necessary requirements to be able to dispense emergency contraception through a standing order. This presentation will provide a review of currently available emergency contraception as well as instructions on how to utilize the emergency contraception standing order in practice.

At the completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

-Assess a patient for indications and contraindications for emergency contraception.
-Utilize assessment techniques and pharmacotherapy knowledge to identify the most appropriate form of emergency contraception for a specific patient.
-Employ protocols and procedures found in an emergency contraception standing order to dispense emergency contraception in accordance with Massachusetts General Law 94c Section 19A.

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of all practicing pharmacists in a position to dispense emergency contraception.

MCPHS University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


May 08, 2019


Pharmacy CPE





Credits / Hours

1 contact hour (.1 CEUs)



Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Aimee Dietle, PharmD| Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
MCPHS University

Marisa Campanale, PharmD| PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident Holyoke Health Center

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

OB/GYN / Women's Health

Keywords / Search Terms

MCPHS University, pharmacy, contraception, birth control, emergency contraception

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