Pharmacists’ Provision of Contraception: Established and Emerging Roles

  • Lindsey M Peters Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy
  • Natalie A DiPietro Mager Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy
Keywords: contraception, pharmacists, professional role


Pharmacists’ roles in provision of family planning products is expanding in the United States (U.S.). This article details established as well as emerging roles for U.S. pharmacists in the provision of contraception. These include helping patients develop reproductive life plans; dispensing prescription contraceptive products and counseling patients; assisting and educating patients with non-prescription contraceptive products, including emergency contraception; participating in collaborative practice agreements; administering contraception products; and making referrals and developing partnerships. The provision of contraception in the U.S. is dynamic, and pharmacists should continue to be aware of changes that will impact them professionally. As approximately 45% of pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended, through these roles pharmacists can impact an important public health priority.

Conflict of Interest

We declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests that the authors or members of their immediate families have in any product or service discussed in the manuscript, including grants (pending or received), employment, gifts, stock holdings or options, honoraria, consultancies, expert testimony, patents and royalties


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Published: 2016-10-13
Pharmacy Practice & Practice-Based Research