The pharmacist's role in promoting preconception health

J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2014 Sep-Oct;54(5):e288-301; quiz e301-3. doi: 10.1331/JAPhA.2014.14536.


Objective: To review the pharmacist's role in preconception health.

Data sources: PubMed search using the terms preconception, immunizations, epilepsy, diabetes, depression, tobacco, asthma, hypertension, anticoagulation, pharmacist, pregnancy, and current national guidelines.

Data synthesis: Preconception health has become recognized as an important public health focus to improve pregnancy outcomes. Pharmacists have a unique role as accessible health care providers to optimize preconception health by screening women for tobacco use, appropriate immunizations, and current medication use. Counseling patients on preconception risk factors and adequate folic acid supplementation as well as providing recommendations for safe and effective management of chronic conditions are also critical and within the scope of practice for pharmacists.

Conclusion: Pharmacists play an important role in medication screening, chronic disease state management, and preconception planning to aid women in preparing for healthy pregnancies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Counseling / methods
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Pharmaceutical Services / organization & administration*
  • Pharmacists / organization & administration*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Preconception Care / methods*
  • Pregnancy
  • Professional Role
  • Risk Factors