Rural and economically disadvantaged urban areas have less than half the rate of primary care physicians compared to wealthier urban areas, yet nearly 93% of Americans live within five miles of a community pharmacy, many of which are open 12-16 (some 24) hours a day, seven days a week.
The following legislation would provide greater access to healthcare for all Minnesotans by letting pharmacists be part of the solution.
Pharmacists Authorization to Prescribe Specific Classes of Medications. HF2635,SF1960
This legislation allows pharmacists to prescribe life-saving treatments such as opioid antagonists,tobacco cessation products, and hormonal contraceptives.
Access to physicians and clinics in Minnesota is challenging and often times a patient may live more than an hour from the prescriber of their medication. This makes access to administration of the medication even more challenging.
Pharmacists Allowed to Administer Drugs via IM and SQ. SF 3556, HF 3208
Allowing pharmacists to administer medication injections and apply patches to patients will reduce patient burden, improve patient medication adherence, drastically increase the options for accessing their medications, and go a long way to improve long term health outcomes. Learn more by reading the Medication Administration Issue Brief.
While 93% of Americans live within five miles of a community pharmacy, pharmacists are one of the most accessible healthcare professionals and can support closing this gap. Twenty-nine states currently allow pharmacists to provide medication administration and injection services, including Wisconsin, Iowa, and North Dakota. We made gains in 2019 for the IM and SQ administration of medications for alcohol and opioid abuse and for mental health conditions. Read more here.
Pharmacists: Part of the Solution
A pharmacist may be the only health professional a Minnesota resident will see for their health care needs in a given month. The patient, pharmacist and physician relationship is the most trusted relationship a person has outside their family. MPhA will continue to work with the Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance and other partners to be sure that the PBM Licensure and Fair Practices legislation (SF278) and Minnesota’s Medicaid Fee-for-Service reimbursement to comply with the CMS Covered Outpatient Drug Rule are implemented fairly to benefit all parties. Read more here.