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ASHP Responds to Wall Street Journal Article

ASHP has sent a letter-to-the-editor of the Wall Street Journal in response to its June 1 story, "Getting Drugs without the Doctor."


To the Editor:

Jane Spencer’s recent article about how several states are allowing pharmacists to prescribe certain medications highlights an important public health issue (“Getting drugs without the doctor,” June 1, 2004).

While the article notes that some physicians are concerned about “their professional turf,” most doctors across the country recognize the immense value that pharmacists bring to patient care. Today’s pharmacists receive six years of university education focused on medication therapy. Additionally, many pharmacists also complete intensive post-graduate residency programs.

Forty states currently have laws allowing pharmacists to work collaboratively with physicians to ensure that patients are getting the best medication therapy.  These collaborative practice agreements can help patients who suffer from a broad range of serious health issues to effectively manage their often-complex and powerful medications.

When physicians and pharmacists work together, patients have the best opportunity for better health.



Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D.
Executive Vice President and CEO
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists