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Dispensing Emergency Contraception through a Standing Order

This educational module meets the requirements set by MGL 94c 19A(c) for continuing education needed by Massachusetts licensed pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception (levonorgestrel and ulipristal acetate) utilizing the Massachusetts statewide standing order. This presentation has been discussed in advanced with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). Content will provide a review of currently available emergency contraception as well as instructions on how to utilize the emergency contraception standing order in practice. This activity is intended for pharmacist interested in dispensing emergency contraception.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Employ protocols and procedures found in an emergency contraception standing order to dispense emergency contraception in accordance with Massachusetts General Law 94c Section 19A.
  • Assess a patient for indications and contraindications for emergency contraception.
  • Identify the most appropriate form of emergency contraception based off patient specific factors including BMI and concomitant medication therapy.
  • Counsel a patient effectively on emergency contraception.


Aimee Dawson, PharmD is an Assistant Professor in the department of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS University- Worcester Campus. Aimee graduated from the University of Connecticut and completed a PGY1 community residency at Holyoke Health Center, in Holyoke, MA. Holyoke Health Center continues to serve as her clinical practice site where she precepts APPE students and PGY1 residents completing ambulatory care rotations. Aimee also serves as a medical information/medical affairs preceptor for the MCPHS University fellowship program with Sunovion.

Marisa Piers-Gamble, PharmD, BCACP is the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator and clinical pharmacist at Holyoke Health Center, in Holyoke, MA. Marisa graduated from MCPHS University Boston campus and completed a PGY1 community residency at Holyoke Health Center. Marisa currently serves as an ambulatory care preceptor for APPE students and PGY1 residents. Marisa has a collaborative practice agreement in hypertension management and is passionate about serving her community.

Free for MCPHS alumni, faculty and staff. For all others the fee is $12.00


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Release Date: March 23, 2021
Expiration Date: March 21, 2024
Contact Hours: 1.0
Universal Activity Number: 0026-0000-21-122-H03-P
Topic Designator: Law


MCPHS University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. MCPHS designates this educational activity for a total of 1.0 contact hours (.10 CEUs).

Requirements for Credit

In order to receive credit, the participant must review the entire presentation and complete the post-test and evaluation form. Upon completion participant credit will be reported to CPE Monitor. Transcripts may be printed from CPE Monitor.

Statement of Disclosure

MCPHS University adheres to the ACPE Standards regarding commercial support of continuing pharmacy education. It is the policy of MCPHS University that the speakers and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of the educational activity, that relevant conflicts of interest are resolved, and also that speakers will disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drugs or devices during their presentation.

No funding from industry provided for this event. No exhibitors will be present.
Aimee Dawson, PharmD and Marisa Piers-Gamble, PharmD, BCACP, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
All CE staff members have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.