Magazine article Drug Topics

The Ayes of Texas

Magazine article Drug Topics

The Ayes of Texas

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Pharmacists in the Lone Star State now are operating under a new practice act, thanks to a cooperative effort among associations that got dramatic changes through the State Legislature. Among the changes: the concept of pharmaceutical care has been incorporated in the act; the definition of compounding has been revised; pharmacists will have the right to administer medications under rules being formulated; and prescribers must include the intended use for the drug on the prescription unless the information isn't in the best interest of the patients. the Texas pharmaceutical association, society of hospital pharmacists, and federation of drugstores presented a united professional front to the lawmakers to make their case.

GEORGIA: A new law in the Peach Tree State on pharmacy patient records has caused some confusion. the intent was to allow pharmacists to use their professional judgment in deciding when it was appropriate to release information. Some pharmacists though they couldn't release any information unless by patient OK or by court order or subpoena.

MISSOURI: Pharmacists in ambulatory settings have been given clear legislative authority to enter into protocol relationships with prescribers. It had been done institutionally and in home health practice for years. …

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