We developed an Oregon specific handout with the most current iinformation on point-of-sale requirements for all EC brands: EC Fact Sheets for Pharmacists: Download

This includes information on billing insurance and Medicaid (Even for OTC!) and the Oregon Board of Pharmacy’s Position Statement on the Moral and Ethical Objections for guidance on developing written policies and procedures that address pharmacists’ moral, ethical, and professional responsibilities.

 

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Past Advocacy

2015: OFRH contributed to the national survey conducted by ASEC to learn if retail stores were following the law and best practice recommendations to stocking and dispensing EC.

Findings in Brief:

  • A majority of the stores in this sample (64%) stock EC on the shelf (vs 49% in 2014)
  • Among stores that do stock EC on the shelf, 46% lock the product in a case or box that must be unlocked by a store employee (vs 63% in 2014)
  • For 67% of participants, finding EC in the store was somewhat/very easy (vs 50% in 2014)
  • 39% of stores impose an age restriction to purchase EC
  • The average price of Plan B One-Step® is almost $50 and one-dose generics cost about $40 (no change compared with 2014)
  • While there are improvements in some areas compared to the 2014 EC Access Report, full OTC access is not yet a reality
2013: Letter campaign to almost 700 pharmacists across the state to educate about the importance of Emergency Contraception (EC) and to inform of the Oregon Contraceptive Care (CCare) funding program that helps women cover the cost of EC and other birth control methods.  We also let pharmacists know that they can bill the Oregon Health Plan for over-the-counter EC for women,  getting this time-sensitive medication to women in a more timely manner!

2005: OFRH launched the Emergency Contraception Access project to increase women’s pharmacy access to emergency contraception in rural areas. The three pronged project focused on pharmacist; primary care provider education and consumer education. Emergency Contraception  Access Project to improve awareness of and access to emergency contraception throughout Oregon.  As a result of this project:

  • Secured a Board of Pharmacy policy that requires seamless pharmacy access to emergency contraception
    • Considering Moral and Ethical Objections: Oregon pharmacists cannot interfere with a patient’s lawfully and appropriately prescribed drug therapy or request for drugs and devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for restricted distribution by pharmacies. 
  • Trained over 400 pharmacists in rural Oregon on EC 101
  • Increased the number of rural pharmacies stocking and dispensing EC by 40%.
  • Improved the accuracy of pharmacist EC knowledge and education by 75%.