Phar­ma­cist opi­oid ex­per­tise

Pharmacy Daily - - NEWS -

PHAR­MA­CIST in the USA are push­ing for the right to pre­scribe nalox­one, as a key part of the com­mu­nity’s re­sponse to the opi­oid cri­sis.

The sug­ges­tion is one of eight rec­om­men­da­tions pre­sented to Congress last week by the Na­tional Com­mu­nity Phar­ma­cists As­so­ci­a­tion (NCPA), which says small busi­ness health care providers are able to help com­bat the prob­lem at the lo­cal level.

NCPA rep­re­sents over 22,000 in­de­pen­dent com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies com­pris­ing a US$81.5b health care mar­ket­place em­ploy­ing more than 250,000 in­di­vid­u­als.

As well as ex­pand­ing the role of phar­ma­cists in wider dis­tri­bu­tion of nalax­one, NCPA also rec­om­mended lim­its for max­i­mum day sup­ply for con­trolled sub­stances, man­dat­ing elec­tronic pre­scrib­ing of con­trolled sub­stances, as well as en­hanc­ing Pre­scrip­tion Drug Mon­i­tor­ing Pro­grams (PDMP) by cre­at­ing na­tional stan­dards.

An­other sig­nif­i­cant pro­posal was to ex­pand the abil­ity of phar­ma­cies to iden­tify in­di­vid­u­als with sub­stance abuse dis­or­ders by par­tic­i­pat­ing in for­mal screen­ing, brief, in­ter­ven­tion and re­fer­ral to treat­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

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