Pharmacy Provision of Emergency Contraception to Men: A Survey of Pharmacist Attitudes in Rhode Island
Nguyen, Brian T.
Journal of the American Pharmacists Association 2010 January-February; 50(1): 17-23
OBJECTIVE: To describe pharmacy staff members' attitudes and practices related to male emergency contraception (EC) requests, as well as the occurrence of male purchases in Rhode Island. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Pharmacies throughout Rhode Island during April to August 2008. PARTICIPANTS: 226 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. INTERVENTION: Participants were mailed a 21-item closed-ended questionnaire. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Demographics, EC provision practices, recall of male EC purchases, and attitudes toward male EC access. RESULTS: Of 151 pharmacies surveyed, 91 responded, providing 226 individual pharmacy staff member surveys. Among this population, 95.6% sold EC. Although 59.7% believed male EC purchases occurred rarely, 63.3% sold EC to a man in the previous year. Ten (4.4%) respondents refused sale of EC to a man. Respondents were less likely to agree that men should always have access if they also believed that access would decrease regular contraceptive use (P = 0.008) and if they could not verify the female recipient's consent (P
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