Appropriate supply of emergency contraception low

 In Australia, NewZealand, Pharmacy
While use of a written assessment checklist prior to supply of emergency contraception (EC) by pharmacists improves patient assessment, it fails to increase appropriate medication supply, new Australian research shows.
A study involving simulated visits from three female patients requesting supply of ‘the morning after pill’ at 100 Western Australian pharmacies, found less than a quarter of visits resulted in appropriate non-supply of EC, despite the majority of pharmacies (83) using a written patients assessment checklist. 
While pharmacy staff that used a written assessment checklist provided a greater quantity and consistency of assessment, this did not result in an improved frequency of an appropriate outcome. 
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