Improving Access to Care – Are Pharmacists the Answer?

By Rupasri S. “Rupa” Lloyd, Esq. and Jordan A. Ross, GrayRobinson, P.A., Gainesville, FL

Pharmacists are often considered the “most accessible and frequently visited members of the healthcare team.”1 Pharmacists have a pivotal role in the administration of primary healthcare, often interfacing with more patients than traditional practitioners. In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, there has been increased pressure for states to expand pharmacists’ scope of practice in order to accommodate the influx of patients suffering from the disease. As more individuals seek treatment for COVID-19, healthcare resources are refocused to those patients. Ultimately, the healthcare system becomes overwhelmed and is unable to accommodate other patients.

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