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Larissa Doucette

Under revisions to the Kansas Pharmacy Practice Act, pharmacists may now collaborate with physicians to manage patients’ medication therapies. Both parties must act under the provisions outlined in a written collaborative practice agreement between the pharmacist and physician, explains the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy.

The new provisions codify the informal agreements that many physicians and pharmacists have already formed. “We believe it’s going to increase treatment adherence, it’s going to lower any cost barriers and it’s going to improve on patient drug therapy outcomes,” Debra Billingsley, executive director of the Board, told the Topeka Capital-Journal.