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New Pennsylvania Law to Permit RPh-MD Collaborations

Magazine article Drug Topics

New Pennsylvania Law to Permit RPh-MD Collaborations

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Collaborative practice agreements between physicians and pharmacists will be a reality in Pennsylvania within the next couple of years.

While some medical organizations in the state already have informal collaborative agreements with pharmacists, Pennsylvania's new law gives pharmacists more latitude with patients. "We are very happy that it passed. We do think it opens up doors for pharmacists to work collaboratively with physicians for better outcomes;' said Patricia A. Epple, CAE, executive director of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) in Harrisburg.

Passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in early June, HB 1041, commonly known as Act 29, expands collaborative practice agreements to community-based practices and allows a physician's practice to employ a pharmacist on staff, if desired. "This is a significant advantage, particularly for some practices like oncology, where the potential for immediate medication expertise is critical and extremely cost-beneficial " Epple said.

So far, collaborative practice agreements in the state have allowed pharmacists to visit institutions to collaborate with physicians but not to serve as paid staff members of a physician's practice. …

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