Pharmacist prescribing is sure to become known as one of the most significant changes to the practice of pharmacy not just in Oregon, but nationwide. I have said many times and will say again—the developments in our state over the past few months speak volumes about the kind of professionals we have practicing pharmacy in the State of Oregon. This is a tremendous achievement and the efforts of many to help make this happen are nothing short of monumental. Pharmacist in Oregon should be proud of the professional leadership being shown in our state!
A few things to keep in mind if you want to be a pharmacist prescriber:
- You need to do the training! It can be accessed by going to the Board of Pharmacy website here: http://www.oregon.gov/pharmacy/Pages/ContraceptivePrescribing.aspx#Tool-Kit_Resources
- You must update the taxonomy on your NPI. We have just gotten the final word on how to do that. Follow the instruction in the NPI-taxonomy document for details on adding the following taxonomy: 1835P0018X Pharmacist Clinician (PhC)/ Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
- Check with your employer for specifics about how your practice site might implement workflows, bill for the service, etc. There are many details about this service that will be specific to your company or location.
We still have information from the info session on November 24 posted on the OSPA website. You can access the presentation and other information by clicking here.
If you’re not already a member of the association, I hope you’ll consider joining. The association exists to promote and protect pharmacy in Oregon, and the efforts around this issue are a prime example of what the association does. We need your support as a member to keep up efforts like this one. You can join online by clicking here.
There are other great ways to be a part of the organization coming up this winter. Members enjoy discounted pricing for CE events such as these:
- We have a CE & Ski weekend in Bend starting Friday, January 29. This will feature ASCP national President Nicole Brandt speaking on high risk medications. It will be a fun opportunity to pick up a little CE and spend some time in a great Oregon destination!
- The world-famous OSPA Lane County Mid-Winter CE Seminar is on February 27-28, and will include a 90 minute presentation from the Board of Pharmacy on the new birth control rules, among other great presentations.
As always, please send your questions, comments and concerns. Happy Holidays!
Joshua Free, PharmD, MBA
Oregon State Pharmacy Association
Additional Information and Resources:
Oregon Board of Pharmacy – work and rules about Pharmacist Prescribing of Hormonal Contraceptives, related to 2015 HB 2879.
Temporary Filing & Rule Information: http://www.oregon.gov/pharmacy/Pages/ContraceptivePrescribing.aspx#Laws_&_Rules
Full page of resources dedicated to Pharmacist Prescribing of Hormonal Contraceptives here: http://www.oregon.gov/pharmacy/Pages/ContraceptivePrescribing.aspx
HB 2028, Establishing Provider Status for Oregon Pharmacists has now been signed by Governor Kate Brown! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS