I routinely receive a blog from a source known as Doximity. I scan these articles to see if there is pertinent information for me to post on the  website. I recently found this article about the Florida governor signing a bill increasing the pharmacist’s scope of practice. There was also legislation passed allowing Advanced NP’s to practice independent of physician oversight.

At first glance one would believe this to a major step forward for pharmacists in Florida. However,  I was taken aback and disappointed by the disparaging remarks made by opponents of the bill. They  indicate that the profession still has a battle on its hands to educate the public about the role and value of pharmacists in the health care system. 

Below is the comment I posted on the Doximity site. As an addendum to the comment: I spent many of my 40 practice years working with many competent nurse practitioners. I would carefully consider advocating for total practice independence rather than working with the physician in a team environment.

As a pharmacist, I worked to gain the credibility and respect of the provider to collaborate with them for the benefit of the patient.

Gov. DeSantis Signs Major Bills on Nurses, Pharmacists

Before I comment on this article, I took the time to read HB 389 plus all the amendments that were made before the governor signed the bill. My guess is that is more than some of the legislators did before making dissenting comments in the article. The bill creates a mechanism for pharmacists to use their clinical skills to benefit the community in collaboration and under supervision of a licensed physician.

I, for one would never institute any therapy for a patient without conferring with the provider responsible for said patient. That is out of respect for their efforts to become a physician, and even though in California I could do so under existing law. The key to make things better for the parents is to gain credibility with the provider so they will allow me to collaborate and respect my input. 

I do not want to diagnose…..that is a skill inherent to physician education; however, given that information and other clinical data, I would want my expertise employed to manage the medications for the optimal outcome.

Speaking of education, in my younger days of practice, I would have been very offended by the remarks about my level of education and how it compares to that of the doctor.

 However, since I am retired and mellowed out, I Iook at that and realize the ignorance about how we are educated and trained, our image as only capable of counting/pouring/licking and sticking still exists very strongly in those that would make critical decisions about ‘the practice of pharmacy.’ How sad………

I spent 8 years getting my education and preparing to serve the community. I have continued that education to maintain my license for close to 50 years and now being 73. Is there a CE requirement to remain a legislator or politician??

Well, that’s all my stream of consciousness will allow me to comment on……..Keep fighting for the profession and the communities we serve!

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