Magazine article Drug Topics

California Pharmacists Nearing Provider Status

Magazine article Drug Topics

California Pharmacists Nearing Provider Status

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"The perfect partner": Kerr Drug's visionary policies paved the way.

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Pharmacists throughout California are a signature away from being able to administer a full range of immunizations, as well as dispensing birth control pills and certain medications for international travel.

On September 17, a pharmacist provider-status bill passed both houses of the California State Assembly. As of press time, the bill had been delivered to California Governor Jerry Brown, who had until October 13 to act. If signed by the governor, the law would take effect in January.

"The California Pharmacists Association (CPHA) is pleased that the California State legislature has recognized the added value that pharmacists can play in providing expanded access to care to patients in California communities," said Jon Roth, CPHA CEO. "This legislation, SB 493, is an acknowledgment that the education, training, and skills of pharmacists go far beyond providing medications to patients."

Under present law, pharmacists in California can provide only flu shots and emergency contraception. …

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