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Extended Access to Hormonal Contraception in Pharmacies: A Survey among Swiss Pharmacists

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Department of Medical Sciences, Private University of the Principality of Liechtenstein, 9495 Triesen, Liechtenstein
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pharmaSuisse, Swiss Pharmacists Association, 3097 Bern-Liebefeld, Switzerland
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Clinical Pharmacy, Cantonal Hospital of Baden, 5404 Baden, Switzerland
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Pharmacy 2020, 8(4), 210; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8040210
Received: 4 September 2020 / Revised: 21 October 2020 / Accepted: 6 November 2020 / Published: 10 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pharmacist Contraception Services)
Background: Worldwide the availability to Hormonal Contraceptives (HC) varies from over the counter (OTC) to prescription-only access. In various countries pharmacists are allowed to prescribe HC, although conditions may be different. In Switzerland, HC require a prescription from a physician, although Swiss law allows pharmacists to dispense prescription-only medications in justified exceptional cases without a valid physician’s prescription. This study aimed to identify current dispensing practices for HC in Swiss pharmacies, pharmacists’ knowledge about HC, and their opinion and interest about expanding access to HC. Methods: Web-based survey among Swiss pharmacists. Results: This survey was completed by 397 registered pharmacists and 331 (83%) were included for analysis. The survey showed that 21% of respondents regularly dispense HC without prescription and that a high number of participants are either very interested (57%, n = 189) or rather interested (33%, n = 110) in extended pharmacy access to HC. The majority did not or rather not support physician’s prescription-only status (77%, n = 256) or OTC availability (94%, n = 310). Furthermore, surveyed pharmacists are willing to train for contraception services (90%, n = 299). According to participants, resistance of physicians is the most relevant barrier to this service (88%, n = 292). Conclusion: Surveyed pharmacists are interested in extended access to HC. View Full-Text
Keywords: hormonal contraceptives; birth control; community pharmacist; pharmaceutical services; pharmacies hormonal contraceptives; birth control; community pharmacist; pharmaceutical services; pharmacies
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Yous, T.; Allemann, S.; Lutters, M. Extended Access to Hormonal Contraception in Pharmacies: A Survey among Swiss Pharmacists. Pharmacy 2020, 8, 210. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8040210

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Yous T, Allemann S, Lutters M. Extended Access to Hormonal Contraception in Pharmacies: A Survey among Swiss Pharmacists. Pharmacy. 2020; 8(4):210. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8040210

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Yous, Tamara, Samuel Allemann, and Monika Lutters. 2020. "Extended Access to Hormonal Contraception in Pharmacies: A Survey among Swiss Pharmacists" Pharmacy 8, no. 4: 210. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8040210

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