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Emergency Contraception

*Please Note - Important Update*
FDA Approval of OTC sale of Plan B - Federal law now allows for the Over The Counter (OTC) sale of Plan B to persons 17 years of age and older.

Legislation providing for collaborative practice agreements for emergency contraception is in place.


Can a pharmacist sell OTC Plan B without completing the 2 hours of (Board approved) live training?

Any NH licensed pharmacist, employed in a NH licensed pharmacy, may sell Plan B OTC once the product becomes available with the new dual labeling. OTC sales are limited to women (or males) aged 18 years of age or older and the pharmacist must ask for ID if the individual does not appear to be 18. No training is required for OTC sales. However, if the female is younger that 18 years old, a trained (according to Ph 1001.02) pharmacist engaged in a collaborative agreement (according to Ph 1001.03), may dispense Plan B. See section Ph 1000 of the NH Code of Administrative Rules for those citations.

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Legislation providing for collaborative practice agreements for emergency contraception is in place.

What are collaborative practice agreements?

Participation in the program is voluntary between pharmacists and authorized prescribers and requires the completion of a one-time, 2-hour, live training program. The program is approved for continuing education credits. Call the Board office at (603) 271-7842 for more program information.

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Why should pharmacists participate in collaborative practice agreements?

Collaborative agreements provide an opportunity for expanding the scope of practice for community and institutional pharmacists. Current national trends indicate that increased access to health care will include more options for collaborative agreements between pharmacists and prescribers including disease state overview and medication management.

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Why collaborative practice agreements for emergency contraception?

Emergency contraception (EC) is a concentrated dose of regular birth control pills that can be up to 89% effective in preventing pregnancy when taken immediately after contraceptive failure, unprotected sex, or sexual assault. Because of the time-sensitive nature of EC, pharmacies are an ideal access point for women who cannot get timely appointments with providers or do not have primary health care. With few to no contraindications for taking EC, pharmacists may confidently prescribe under the authority of their partnering prescriber, and make referrals for ongoing contraceptive care.

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