Pharmacists are expanding their prescriptive power

November 1, 2007

A new report by Kalorama Information projects that drug sales influenced by pharmacists wielding their prescribing authority will also double from 2006 to 2012.

More pharmacists will wield their prescribing power in the years ahead. According to a newreport from research firm Kalorama Information, drug purchase decisions made without the influence of a pharmacist will drop from 77% currently to 63% by 2012. By then, the drug revenues influenced by pharmacists are expected to grow to $145 billion, up from $77 billion in 2006. The report added that 43 states now allow pharmacists to initiate, modify, or discontinue drug therapy, and six more states may soon grant prescriptive authority to pharmacists.

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