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R.Ph. Prescribing Boosting Emergency Contraceptive Use

Magazine article Drug Topics

R.Ph. Prescribing Boosting Emergency Contraceptive Use

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Women in Washington State are geting involved in a unique pilot program allowing qualified pharmacists to prescribe emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) under protocol, according to an analysis of the first four months of operation.

More than 100 pharmacies now participate in the Washington State Emergency Contraception Pharmacist Pilot Project. And more than 500 pharmacists in the program have been trained to prescribe and dispense the drugs under protocols laid out in collaborative practice agreements with other prescribers. As of early July, R.Ph.s had written and filled more than 2,700 Rxs for ECPs in the first four months following the pilot's February launch. The program also includes patient counseling and referrals to other health-care services, such as screening for sexually transmitted diseases.

Another measure of response to the pharmacists' service is the number of phone calls to the National Emergency Contraceptive Hotline, which provides the five nearest health-care practitioners to the caller. In the four months since late February, the hotline received 4,934 calls from Washington residents, an average of 1,160 per month. Prior to the project's launch, the hotline averaged 110 calls per month from the state. …

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