Pharmacists Increasingly Take On Clinical Roles

Kaiser Health News staff writer Anna Gorman, working in collaboration with USA Today, reports: "Once limited to filling and dispensing drugs, pharmacists are increasingly providing direct care to patients. Across the country, they are working with doctors to give immunizations and help patients safely manage medications. In some places, they can even write prescriptions after a physician's diagnosis. California is among the states to give pharmacists the greatest flexibility, thanks in part to a law that took effect this year. Other states, including New Mexico and North Carolina, have also allowed pharmacists to take on more clinical responsibilities" (Gorman, 2/11). Read the story.

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