About Birth Control Pharmacist

The role of pharmacists in delivering contraceptive care is exploding!

Most pharmacists who will be providing contraceptive services are not experts in the field of family planning nor are they expected to be.  As a pharmacist specializing in family planning, I’d like to support my colleagues in providing competent and evidence-based contraceptive care.  The Birth Control Pharmacist project aims to provide the education and training, resources, and clinical updates to pharmacists prescribing contraception. Relevant information and news on research, public policy, and products will be shared too.

I hope pharmacists and pharmacy students will find the Birth Control Pharmacist’s content useful.  I look forward to your comments, suggestions, and questions!

tranquilWho We Are

The Birth Control Pharmacist project was started by Sally Rafie, PharmD, BCPS.  Dr. Rafie graduated from the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy and is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.  She has trained and worked with Planned Parenthood, University of California San Diego Medical Center, University of California San Francisco, and San Francisco General Hospital.  Dr. Rafie is licensed as a Registered Pharmacist and Advanced Practice Pharmacist in California.  She has also earned her Certified Menopause Practitioner credential from the North American Menopause Society.

Dr. Rafie founded The Pharmacists Clinic, the first pharmacist-run clinic in a community pharmacy, where she provides preventive health and health maintenance clinical services.  In addition, Dr. Rafie sees patients for contraception and more at the UC San Diego Health Women’s Health Services Clinic.  She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Health Sciences at the University of California San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences where she teaches and trains pharmacy students about emergency contraception, youth-friendly pharmacy services, and hormonal contraception.  She helped develop the California statewide protocol for self-administered hormonal contraceptives adopted by the Board of Pharmacy.  Dr. Rafie has a long record of research and advocacy in the field of reproductive health and has published in peer-reviewed medical journals.  She her full bibliography.

Join the Project

We welcome students and pharmacists alike to join us!  Whether it be a guest blog article, training partnership, or research collaboration, we’d like to hear from you!  Send us a quick note using the contact form.

If you’d like to receive our email updates about pertinent clinical updates, protocol/guideline changes, new courses, and other relevant information, sign up for our email list.

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Melvin Taylor says:

    Hi Ms. Sally Rafie…A long Comment….I am Melvin Taylor, RPh., Retired, a 1962 Graduate of SW Oklahoma School of Pharmacy, now known as SWOSU. I worked for many years, mostly in retail pharmacies, some large chains for short periods or on call part time, owned a couple of retail pharmacies, which I got both out of bankruptcy and was able to turn them around. Never worked a true hospital pharmacy, although did work outpatient pharmacy at Harris County Hosp Dist, Houston,Tx….Just some of my background….Also consider myself a Citizen of the World, have got to do some World Travel, backpack and hostel style, in the last 10 years. SE Asia, South America and got to visit almost every country in Europe, plus did the Trans Siberia Train trip across Russia last Fall.. So I enjoyed your report in Pharmacy Times about Pharmacy in Iran…Hope to visit myself someday but who knows….

    Getting to my point, like you stated, in Iran, all medications are sold or dispensed in the manufacters containers.
    I believe it is TIME to start moving the dispensing of prescription medications in the United States to sealed from the
    factory containers with lot numbers and expiration date. The antique process of counting tablets and capsules on a tray and transferring to the so called prescription vial is way over due to be replaced and banned…for many reasons, it is not hygienic…it is labor intensive…it
    is easy to produce errors…it is silly to continue when much of the World, even Mexico, receives medications factory sealed and are sure to be untouched by human hands, which can NOT be said for our present system…plus the manufacters lot number and
    expiration dates are NOT transferred to the pharmacy generated label….plus a big one, the pharmacy label assigns the mandated , expiration date of 1 year from date of dispensing, and if the real expiration date is 1-2 years later the customer is actually being defrauded by disposing of good, bought and paid for, medications… To change it…??
    Federal Lawsuits for consumer fraud. Class Action…include the Chains….??? Or….
    Why am I so interested….Can not say….Just me being Empathic…
    Any interest from You..??

    Melvin R Taylor, Rockport,Texas , USA, Earth…..


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