Pharmacist Statewide Protocols and Prescriptive Authority

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About 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

Protocols Currently in Place

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2018 Proposed Legislation

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