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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
Session: Birth Control at the Drug store: Behind the Counter, on the Shelves, and at the Cash Register. What are Women's Experiences?
4166.0: Tuesday, December 13, 2005: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Birth Control at the Drug store: Behind the Counter, on the Shelves, and at the Cash Register. What are Women's Experiences?
Over-the-counter access to emergency contraception has become a rallying cry for many in family planning and the women's rights community. This perspective has intensified as the FDA's committee appointments and delaying tactics appear to be influenced by a political agenda rather than the scientific merits of the shift from prescription to non-prescription status. Political attacks by anti-choice and pro-abstinence forces, however, have clouded the fact that a comprehensive examination of all the implications of over-the-counter and other forms of expanded access is badly needed. This session will include presentations from four leaders in the reproductive health community examining various issues related to expanded access to emergency contraception and other hormonal contraceptives.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the session, the participant will be able to (1) describe multiple possible barriers to access, including but not limited to prescription status; (2) learn the barriers that Medicaid recipients face when attempting to access emergency contraception; (3) identify elements of cultural competency relevant to pharmacy access to emergency contraception; and (4) describe regulatory requirements for non-prescription status.
Moderator(s):Cynthia Pearson
12:30 PMAccessing emergency contraception through Medicaid: Existing barriers and future prospects  [ Recorded presentation ]
Destiny Lopez, MPA, Lourdes A. Rivera, JD, Angela Hooton, JD, Kate Schaffer, MSP, Chelsea Polis
12:50 PMPrescription requirements for hormonal contraception: Outdated or useful?
Cynthia A. Pearson
1:10 PMAccess to emergency contraception at Chicagoland and suburban pharmacies
Toni Bond
1:30 PMAccess to emergency contraception and other prescription contraceptives: Issues for low-income women  [ Recorded presentation ]
Lourdes A. Rivera, JD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Women's Caucus
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA