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Mississippi R.Ph.S Get Shot in Arm to Immunize

Magazine article Drug Topics

Mississippi R.Ph.S Get Shot in Arm to Immunize

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With an eye to boosting inoculation rates and income, Mississippi pharmacists are being trained as part of a demonstration project to administer immunizations under physicians' orders.

This month, 75 pharmacists will attend a three-day training course to learn how to administer immunizations against influenza, pneumococcal pneumonia, and hepatitis B. The pilot program is sponsored by the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Mississippi Pharmacists Association and funded by SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals.

"We're real excited about this proect," said S. E. Bo Dalton, R.Ph., executive director, MPhA. "We have a low immunization rate, and we're targeting people over 65, especially in the Mississippi Delta, because only 12% of them are being immunized against the flu. They don't have access to physicians, but pharmacists are readily accessible."

Pharmacists who complete the training and go on to administer immunizations will be reimbursed. State Medicare officials have committed to paying for the vaccine and the administration, said Dalton, who's working on getting the vaccines from the state health department.

Mississippi's newly revised pharmacy practice act allows pharmacists to administer immunizations. …

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