Albertsons piloted Idaho prescribing before July 1 enactment

A new state law in Idaho gives pharmacists in the state expanded prescribing authority. Albertsons Cos. announced that prior to the law's July 1 start date, its pharmacies received agency approval to pilot the new program.

A new state law in Idaho gives pharmacists in the state expanded prescribing authority. Albertsons Cos. announced that prior to the law's July 1 start date, its pharmacies received agency approval to pilot the new program. Pharmacist Prescriptive Authority Rule Docket 27-0104-1701 allows Idaho pharmacists to evaluate and prescribe medications for patients experiencing a specific set of common conditions, and to assess and fill gaps in clinical care. "We're proud to pioneer this new and practical service for our patients who regularly interact with pharmacists about their symptoms related to these conditions," said Mark Panzer, Albertsons' senior vice president of pharmacy health and wellness. "Now we can provide them with the treatment they need by offering easy access to quality health care services, in a convenient location, for conditions that often require urgent care." More than 30 Albertsons pharmacies in Idaho are offering expanded prescribing services, providing care on both a walk-in and appointment basis. Pam Eaton, executive director of the Idaho State Pharmacists Association, noted: "Community pharmacists are already well positioned to provide patients with the comprehensive care allowed for by this new law. As the medication experts and an accessible resource for the public, this is an exciting time for pharmacists to demonstrate they are capable and knowledgeable to perform these services in a time when access to care can be limited, especially in rural areas."