Collaborative Practice Agreements Open Opportunities, Liabilities for Pharmacists

With 48 states and the District of Columbia now allowing  for collaborative practice agreements with prescribers in pharmacists’ scope of practice, some are pointing out the potential liability associated with this expanded scope.  The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy recently advised its pharmacists of the potential liability for a pharmacist practicing under such an arrangement.

But despite the increased potential for liability issues, The Ohio Pharmacists Association still sees it’s state’s expanded collaborative practice agreement law as a “victory for prescribers, pharmacists, and patients alike.”

“[The Ohio Pharmacists Association] is currently developing several educational programs to help pharmacists better understand the opportunities within the new laws, as well as focus on some of the liability issues,” Antonio Ciaccia, director of government and public affairs for the Ohio Pharmacists Association said.

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