Opinions of West Texas pharmacists about emergency contraception

Gary Sutkin, Brenda Grant, Brian K. Irons, Tyrone F. Borders

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Background: The pharmacist's 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 land after a presentation of the curtent 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-155
Number of pages5
JournalPharmacy Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2006


  • Contraception
  • Ethics
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy
  • Postcoital
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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