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Pharmacists’ role in women’s health

Mifegymiso®—a drug used for the medical termination of a pregnancy—became available with a prescription in Alberta pharmacies. Pharmacists are now able to dispense Mifegymiso® directly to patients, but are not able to prescribe it. 

ACP developed guidelines to support pharmacists to dispense the drug and encouraged pharmacy professionals to complete a training program provided through the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to help ensure they have adequate knowledge about Mifegymiso® and the legislation and policies for its distribution and administration.

Pharmacy professionals are not required to dispense Mifegymiso® and can choose to exercise a conscientious objection as accommodated in the ACP Code of Ethics. However, a pharmacy professional who refuses to dispense must assist individuals in obtaining appropriate pharmacy services from another pharmacy or health professional.