Continuing Education

Pharmacists' Role When Plan A Fails: Patient Considerations in the Dispute Over Plan B and Emergency Contraception

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CE Topic: 
Pharmacy Law
CE Topic: 
Women's Health


Kelly Cabral, BS, PharmD Candidate 2013
University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy
Storrs, Connecticut

Gerald Gianutsos, PhD, JD, RPh
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy
Storrs, Connecticut


Ms. Cabral and Dr. Gianutsos have no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this activity.

Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC does not view the existence of relationships as an implication of bias or that the value of the material is decreased. The content of the activity was planned to be balanced, objective, and scientifically rigorous. Occasionally, authors may express opinions that represent their own viewpoint. Conclusions drawn by participants should be derived from objective analysis of scientific data.



Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
UAN: 0430-0000-11-029-H03-P
Credits: 2.0 hours (0.20 ceu)
Type of Activity: Knowledge


This accredited activity is targeted to pharmacists. Estimated time to complete this activity is 120 minutes.

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Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients' conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.


To provide an overview of the media portrayal of emergency contraception (i.e., Plan B) in regard to OTC appropriateness, indications for use, mechanism of action, and pharmacy conscientious objection clauses and to discuss the associated controversy's effect on patient care.


After completing this activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Analyze conflicting media reports on emergency contraception and summarize scientific studies that can provide clarity for patients.
  2. Recognize the alternative definitions of pregnancy that contribute to the ethical debate regarding emergency contraception.
  3. Describe pharmacy conscientious objection clauses and their interstate variability.
  4. Compare and contrast arguments made by proponents and opponents of increased access to emergency contraception.
  5. Describe Plan B’s appropriate use and its role as emergency contraception.

*Also applies to pharmacy technicians

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Tarheelkarla's picturePharmacy TechnicianTarheelkarlaJoined: Feb, 2013
Location: Sanford, NC
Posts: 1

Would have loved to have read also but price is too high!

thewreckher's picturePharmacy TechnicianthewreckherJoined: May, 2012
Location: pearl river , LA
Posts: 1

would have loved to read but not for 6.50?!