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Pharmacists Aren't Health Care Providers? Really?

Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDE
Tucson, AZ

May 9, 2012 — Pharmacists Aren't Health Care Providers? Really?
Washington, D.C.—Pharmacists seeking to expand their scope of practice have some powerful allies in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), but progress is likely to be limited until another branch of government, Congress, changes some laws.
In the new report, "Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes through Advanced Pharmacy Practice," the U.S. Public Health Service wholeheartedly endorses the idea of expanded practice by pharmacists to improve quality and lower costs of health care delivery.
The recent report was written by USPHS pharmacists with the support of the Surgeon General of the United States and argues that expanding the roles of pharmacists in the private sector, as already has occurred in government systems such as the Veterans Administration and Department of Defense, can help meet growing demands on the nation's health care system.