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Bill Giving California Pharmacists More Duties Goes To Governor

It's not preventative medicine if you cut the "preventative annual exam"... pap smear for cervical cancer and STD screening that the doctor performs on sexually active females out of the equation. I say NO to pharmacists dispensing without patients having an examination first. It's doing the patient an injustice. Sure, they may not become pregnant, but the reason you go for your annual to get your birth control Rx is to get your pap smear and STD screening, both of which are equally important.

I'm a physician and I've had plenty of cases where a pharmacist changed my Rx to something that didn't work because they didn't have the proper training. What happens is the patient complains "This is too expensive, do you have something cheaper?" The pharmacist says, "Oh sure, this is an antibiotic, I'll just give you a generic one." However, they didn't examine the patient and they don't know that we picked a really strong antiobiotic to fight a specific pathogen (infection) for a reason. The patient comes back to us no better off and wonders why the medicine didn't work. This is a bad bill and a bad idea for healthcare. If you need a prescription, you need an examination by your doctor.

September 17, 2013 at 4:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )