Family planning and contraceptive care have recently been debated within the state of Alabama . The Supreme Court of Alabama's February ruling that cryogenic IVF embryos be recognized as children and entitled to legal protection has resulted in bills proposing civil and criminal immunity for IVF facilities (S 159) and protecting access to contraceptive care (HB 279). Although Alabama state law does not specifically grant pharmacists authority to prescribe contraception, HB 279 (introduced in March) lists pharmacists as healthcare providers who can "legally dispense or provide information on marketed contraceptives." If this bill is passed, it will provide increased awareness of pharmacists providing contraceptive counseling. In order to be prepared, pharmacists will need to be familiar with the various contraceptives available and be prepared to provide counseling pearls and recommendations for new contraceptive therapies including over-the-counter progestin-only pill, prescription progestin-only pill, patch, ring, vaginal gel, and intrauterine devices. This presentation will focus on updates in contraceptive therapies and ways to recommend appropriate treatment to mitigate various side effects.

Target Audience

This knowledge-based course is intended for Pharmacists (ACPE). 

Learning Objectives

1. Define patient specific eligibility criteria for starting contraceptive agents based on the 2016 CDC US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of current contraceptive methods.
3. Identify pertinent counseling pearls for new contraceptive methods including the over-the-counter progestin-only pill, prescription progestin-only pill, patch, ring, vaginal gel, and intrauterine devices.
4. Select appropriate contraceptive therapy utilizing a patient-centered approach.
5. Formulate a patient-centered care plan for a chosen hormonal contraceptive therapy including administration, missed doses, adverse effects, and monitoring.

Course summary
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  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
    Auburn University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education; credits are recognized nationwide.
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Kristen A. Korankyi, Pharm.D., M.S.Ed is a heterosexual cis-gender African American female who goes by She/Her/Her’s pronouns. She is a second generation Ghanian American born and raised in the United States who speaks English as a first language and Twi as a second language with passive fluency. She is able bodied, of petite stature, and neurotypical. She has lived a privileged upper middle-class life with both parents in healthcare who have achieved advanced college degrees in their fields, one parent as a pharmacist and the other as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and specializes in ambulatory care pharmacy/family medicine. In her position, she is an educator to students at the Harrison College of Pharmacy and to her patients as part of the USA Family Medicine Clinic.

Korankyi's responsibilities within HCOP include teaching within the practice ready curriculum, contributing to scholarly work, and advising students. At the Family Medicine Clinic, she functions as an ambulatory care pharmacist who provides counseling and optimizes medication therapy to patients with primary care disease states such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and obesity management.

A graduate of the High Point University Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, Korankyi received her Pharm.D. in 2021. She went on to complete a two-year pharmacy practice and academic leadership residency at Concordia University, Wisconsin. While there, she also completed a master of science in education in teaching and learning.

PDF iconKorankyi CV 12.12.23.pdf

Dr. Kassandra Bartelme, Pharm.D., BCACP is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. She considers herself a pharmacist educator with a passion for
arming students with the skills and knowledge necessary to be competent and confident pharmacist practitioners. Dr. Bartelme attended pharmacy school at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
and graduated with a leadership emphasis. She completed a 24-month PGY1 residency at the U of MN focusing on ambulatory care pharmacy and academia, including developing a new practice in
the second year. Her residency experiences provided excellent preparation for a career in pharmacy practice academia and served as a great segue into her current position. Dr. Bartelme currently
teaches and coordinates an Applied Patient Care skills lab course that gives students opportunities to practice what they're learning in their courses, through simulated patient experiences and case
discussions. She also teaches and coordinates the nonprescription (OTC) pharmacotherapy course and the women's health unit in the pharmacotherapy course series. She practices as an
ambulatory care pharmacist at Ascension Columbia-St. Mary’s Thrombosis Clinic managing anticoagulation therapy one and a half days a week. Dr. Bartelme’s research interest areas include
clinical documentation and women’s health topics.

PDF iconBartelme_CV_January 2024.pdf

Auburn University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education; credits are recognized nationwide. The Universal Activity Number for this knowledge-based program is 0001-0000-24-015-H01-P and is intended for pharmacists. The initial release date for this home-study program is April 9, 2024 and the intended expiration date is April 9,2027.


Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
    Auburn University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education; credits are recognized nationwide.


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