California leads the way.

The Governor of California has enacted SB493

This gives pharmacists the power to prescribe a number of currently prescription only products.  Eventually it looks as if the insurance companies will pay for this.

You can read more here http://www.cshp.org/post/victory-sb-493-signed-law and here http://pharmpsych.com/2013/10/11/new-pharmacist-practitioners-analysis-s-b-493/

As with my previous post it makes sense both from the patients point of view in terms of convenience and from the financial point of view of the payers (HSE & GMS).  I wonder if we see this here in Ireland before my retirement.

 

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Possible shape of things to come

This is already happening in the US.  There is no reason why it can’t happen here.  We’re accessible and able to do it.  This would help take some of the strain off GP’s and hospital out patients departments.  All it takes is somebody to pay for it.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/819981?src=stfb

Thanks Ultan for the link.