Pharmacist Statewide Protocols and Prescriptive Authority

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Continuum of Pharmacist Prescriptive Authority

Across the U.S. states are recognizing the value of authorizing pharmacists to prescribe in order to increase access to important medications. This authority exists somewhere along a continuum and is either dependent (delegated through a collaborative practice agreement) or independent (authority comes directly from the state, no delegation required) authority.

To learn more about the continuum of pharmacist prescriptive authority, check out this article in The Annals of Pharmacotherapy.

Collaborative Prescribing

To learn more about Collaborative Practice Authority, click here.

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Statewide Protocols

The term statewide protocol refers to a framework that specifies the conditions under which pharmacists are authorized to prescribe a specified medication or category of medications when providing a clinical service. Statewide protocols are issued by an authorized state body pursuant to relevant state laws and regulations. Each protocol specifies the qualifications required for pharmacists to implement the protocol and the procedure(s) that must be followed. Generally, statewide protocols address identified public health problems and are used for patient care needs that do not require a new diagnosis or for which a documented diagnosis is known or readily available.

Policy Recommendations

The Statewide Protocol Workgroup, convened by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, has developed policy recommendations for pharmacist statewide protocols. These recommendations include the key elements that should be included in state laws and regulations authorizing the development of statewide protocols – including the components that should be included in the protocol itself.

Read the Recommendations

 

Advocacy Tools

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Protocols Currently in Place

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2018 Proposed Legislation

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Statewide Protocol Infographic

Looking for a quick snapshot of information related to statewide protocols? This resource can be used in advocacy efforts or to update stakeholders on the role pharmacists can play in improving access to important medications with statewide protocols.

Click the image to the right to view full size online or click here to download the PDF.

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Category-Specific Resources

Linked below are resources focused on a specific category of medications that pharmacists prescribe.

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