Pharmacy Practice (Granada)
versión On-line ISSN 1885-642X
SUTKIN, Gary; GRANT, Brenda; IRONS, Brian K. y BORDERS, Tyrone F.. Opinions of West Texas pharmacists about emergency contraception. Pharmacy Pract (Granada) [online]. 2006, vol.4, n.4, pp.151-155. ISSN 1885-642X.
Background: The pharmacists role in dispensing emergency contraception (EC) has become controversial due to the intersection of personal and professional ethics. Therefore, to examine the issue of EC availability, we surveyed a sample of West Texas pharmacists. West Texas is a religiously and politically conservative region where no methods of EC have been made available. Objective: to survey a sample of pharmacists in West Texas about their experience, beliefs, and knowledge of EC both before and after a presentation of the current literature about EC. Methods: We asked a convenience sample of 75 pharmacists about their experience, beliefs, and knowledge of EC both before and after a presentation of the current literature about EC. Results: Sixty-four (85%) pharmacists agreed to complete the study questionnaire. None carries EC in his/her pharmacy, and scientific understanding of EC was generally poor. Fourteen percent stated EC conflicts with their religious views, 17% considered it a method of abortion, 11% would not be willing to fill an EC prescription written by a doctor. 58% would be willing to offer EC over the counter. The presentation encouraged more to offer it over the counter, but in general did not significantly change their beliefs. Conclusion: Our sample of West Texas pharmacists demonstrated very little experience with, a general lack of knowledge about, and some personal and religious objections to EC.
Palabras clave : Contraception, Postcoital; Pharmacists; Ethics, Pharmacy; United States.