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Ann Pharmacother. 2016 Sep;50(9):785-7. doi: 10.1177/1060028016655351. Epub 2016 Jun 23.

Emerging Developments in Pharmacists' Scope of Practice to Address Unmet Health Care Needs.


Pharmacists' comprehensive training is being leveraged in emerging patient care service opportunities that include prescriptive authority under collaborative practice agreements (CPAs) with prescribers or through state-based protocols. CPAs and state-based protocols expand pharmacists' scope of practice to allow the pharmacist to perform designated functions under the terms of the agreement or protocol. For patient-specific CPAs, this often includes initiating, modifying, or discontinuing therapy and ordering laboratory tests. For population-based CPAs and state-based protocols, pharmacists are often authorized to initiate medications to address a public health need. CPAs and state-based protocols are mechanisms to optimally use pharmacists' education and training.


clinical decision making; clinical practice; health care policy; legal/regulatory issues; outcomes

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