Texas law would al­low phar­ma­cists to pre­scribe an­tibi­otics, other drugs

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Maria Castel­lucci

In an ef­fort to ex­pand access to care, a pro­posed Texas law would al­low phar­ma­cists to au­tho­rize cer­tain pre­scrip­tions, in­clud­ing an­tibi­otics.

The bill, in­tro­duced by Repub­li­can state Rep. Kevin Roberts, aims to ex­pand phar­ma­cists’ ser­vices so pa­tients will have eas­ier access to an­tibi­otics for com­mon ill­nesses such as strep throat.

Un­der the bill, phar­ma­cists will be able to or­der drugs for pa­tients based on re­sults from clin­i­cal tests they cur­rently ad­min­is­ter. The pre­scribed drug must be au­tho­rized by a physi­cian through a writ­ten med­i­cal or­der. The phar­ma­cist can then be re­im­bursed for or­der­ing the pre­scrip­tion.

“As the need and de­mand for health­care ser­vices con­tinue to grow, so must the lo­ca­tions for pa­tients to access the care,” Roberts said.

Texas law cur­rently al­lows phar­ma­cists to test pa­tients for var­i­ous med­i­cal con­di­tions, in­clud­ing strep throat and in­fluenza, but they are not al­lowed to pre­scribe an­tibi­otics.

Roberts

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