To better illustrate the benefits of CDMTs, it is important to consider the incredibly different environments in which pharmacists can practice. SAs can be implemented in a variety of disciplines such as the treatment of asthma, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus and anticoagulant among many others. Support for ASAs is increasingly important throughout the country. Nicholas Gentile, Executive Director of the American Society of Healthcare Pharmacists (ASHP) and Ashp`s Head of Policy Action Campaigns, is committed to strengthening pharmacists` responsibilities through cpAs such as point-of-contact testing, acute disease screening, and chronic disease medication plan management. To address the concerns of pharmacists who compete with doctors for patients, Gentile explained, “We`re not looking to get patients out of doctors` offices. In fact, we try to work with these doctors, nurses and other providers to provide patients with the best possible care. H.B. 35 is an important step forward for the state, given that a U.S. Congressional bill called the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act is under consideration at the national level. For more than 90 years, the McWhorter School of Pharmacy has been preparing pharmacists who are life-changing through pharmacy practice, scholarship and service. Today, healthcare is managed by a team-based approach to treatment, with the goal of improving patient outcomes and reducing costs.
In response, the McWhorter School of Pharmacy`s innovative program emphasizes interprofessional education and collaboration and prepares its graduates to be valued members of every health team. Finally, with their workload, physicians were able to save time while working with pharmacists through ASAs. Effective treatment of patient populations with high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic diseases requires considerable time tension that physicians typically lack due to their heavy daily workload. Once an agreement has been reached on the care plan, the doctor can diagnose more patients. During this time, the pharmacist stays with the previous patient in order to answer any remaining questions, inform about the state of the disease and provide advice on medication. One of the main benefits of integrated care by pharmacists has been improved access to health care. All these patients continued to see their doctor and saw a pharmacist every 1 to 3 months, as they needed to better control their health. The researchers concluded that this strengthening of postoperative care with a healthcare provider made a difference in patients who had better control over their health. The pharmacy is in a prime position to take on this responsibility. Beyond a dispensing role, pharmacists can work with physicians to ensure patients receive exceptional care through collaborative drug therapy (CDM) management. CDTM enters into Collaborative Practice Agreements (CPAs) with physicians that allow pharmacists to offer a variety of clinical services. With PHAs, pharmacists work under defined protocols in order to provide a wide range of services tailored to the preferences of the cooperating physician and pharmacist.
For pharmacists and physicians to use these opportunities, they must practice in a state with a well-established CPA. The authority to participate in the CDTM is delegated by a state`s Pharmacy Practices Act. Unfortunately, Alabama is the only state without a CPA in the Pharmacy Practices Act. This week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed House Bill 35 (H.B. 35) the law authorizing a pharmacist and a physician licensed by the State Board of Medical Examins to enter into a cooperation agreement.