The Collaborative Practice Workgroup, convened by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), has developed recommendations for the elements of pharmacist collaborative practice authority that should appropriately be defined under state law or regulation and which are best left to be determined between pharmacists and other practitioners when developing their specific collaborative practice arrangement.
Workgroup participants, including Minnesota’s Julie Johnson, were pharmacists from a variety of settings who were appointed by the NASPA Executive Committee and the national pharmacy associations. They considered the existing landscape of state laws and regulations, patient access, and pharmacist education and training in compiling their recommendations.
NASPA CEO Becky Snead, on the importance of this work: “It is critical to have a national set of collaborative practice authority recommendations for state policy makers that are based on the best interests of patients and the education and training of pharmacists. This work builds on and supports the policy considerations from the National Governors Association in their 2015 paper, The Expanding Role of Pharmacists in a Transformed Health Care System.”