Collaborative practice agreements

Drug Topics, Voice of the Pharmacist

Nov 13, 2013, By: Mari Edlin

Eric Ip, PharmD, CDE, a diabetes specialist and clinical pharmacist with Kaiser Permanente Mountain View Clinics, Mountain View, Calif., manages a group of patients with uncontrolled diabetes, but not through the usual medication therapy management (MTM) protocol that gained popularity under Medicare Part D. He is participating in collaborative drug therapy management, known as a collaborative practice agreement, a formal partnership between physicians and pharmacists that enables him to oversee a patient’s drug therapy.

According to the Institute of Medicine, as of February 2012, 46 states allow for some form of collaborative practice, which means that the individual state pharmacy laws allow pharmacists to “initiate, modify, and/or discontinue drug therapy pursuant to a collaborative practice agreement or protocol.”

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