Legislation To Help Clinical Pharmacists Serve Patients Passes Committee

Rep. Deborah Armstrong

 

STATE News:

  • HB 384 Receives Unanimous Do-Pass from HRPAC

 

HB 384, a bill introduced by Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Bernalillo, a long-time health care advocate and member of the House Health Committee, to amend the Pharmacist Prescriptive Authority Act to allow clinical pharmacists to work under the supervision of more types of providers – making it easier for clinical pharmacist to serve patients in need – has unanimously passed the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee.

“Clinical pharmacists work directly with patients to maximize the effect of the medications that a patient is taking,” Armstrong said. “Clinical pharmacists have become an increasingly critical part of a well-rounded approach to patient care. By allowing these pharmacists to work directly under the supervision of more practitioners, we are expanding patients’ access to care.”

Specifically, HB 384 expands the definition of a practitioner who can supervise a clinical pharmacist to include osteopathic physicians.

“We are a rural state,” Armstrong said. “As a result, we must do everything possible to ensure that even in communities with few health care providers, patients have access to a clinical pharmacist’s services when needed. This bill will allow more clinical pharmacists to work with more patients and that means better outcomes.”

HB 384 now heads to the House Health Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

Armstrong is a long-time health care advocate. Having started her career as a physical therapist, she has worked extensively as a health care administrator, working 10 years with Presbyterian Medical Services in Santa Fe. Prior to serving as Secretary of New Mexico’s Aging and Long-Terms Services Department, she oversaw the department’s Consumer and Elder Rights Division. She is the mother of three adult children. She lives in Albuquerque’s North Valley.

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