Magazine article Drug Topics

HRSA Launches National Study of R.Ph. Shortages

Magazine article Drug Topics

HRSA Launches National Study of R.Ph. Shortages

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The federal agency told to find out if there are enough pharmacists wants to know whether R.Ph. shortages are to blame for drug errors and adverse events. The impact of managed care and third-party programs on pharmacy practice and the effect on Rx volume of adding 6 drug benefit to Medicare are other areas the Health Resources & Services Admire istration is investigating.

HRSA's interest comes from Congress, which was prodded to action by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. NACDS argued that RPh. shortages in some parts of the country could create a major public health crisis. Rep. James McGovern (D, Mass.) was the chief sponsor of a provision that became law late last year, ordering HRSA to "conduct a study to determine whether and to what extent there is a shortage of licensed pharmacists." The deadline for reporting back to Congress is Dec. 6. "This study will offer a starting point for addressing problems if it shows supply cannot meet demand for pharmacists," said Claude Earl Fox, HRSA administrator. …

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