NASPA-Convened Workgroup Develops Collaborative Practice Authority Recommendations

Date Released: Thursday, July 9, 2015
July 7, 2015

Contact: Krystalyn Weaver
(804) 285-4431

NASPA-Convened Workgroup Develops Collaborative Practice Authority Recommendations

RICHMOND, Va., July 6, 2015 – 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, pharmacists from a variety of settings who were appointed by the NASPA Executive Committee and the national pharmacy associations, 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.”

The report can be accessed at: NASPA thanks the Community Pharmacy Foundation for supporting this important work.

The National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, founded in 1927 as the National Council of State Pharmacy Association Executives, is dedicated to enhancing the success of state pharmacy associations in their efforts to advance the profession of pharmacy. NASPA’s membership is comprised of state pharmacy associations and over 70 other stakeholder organizations. NASPA promotes leadership, sharing, learning, and policy exchange among its members and pharmacy leaders nationwide.