As a result of Senate Bill 16-135 and House Bill 20-1061, new opportunities exist for the expansion of pharmacy practice in Colorado. Significantly, the groundbreaking laws expand collaborative pharmacy practice and allow for the development of statewide drug therapy protocols to be carried out by pharmacists.
Three statewide protocols have emerged and been approved in the state of Colorado including self-administered HIV prevention medication, hormonal contraception and smoking cessation therapy. Under these statewide protocols, pharmacists with the appropriate required training may prescribe and dispense medications.
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The Colorado legislature approved HB20-1061, which provides pharmacists the authority to prescribe and dispense medications to prevent HIV infection. The two strategies, are referred to as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and nPEP (non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis). Both have CDC guidelines, specifying which medications should be taken and for what duration. In order for pharmacists to prescribe and dispense these medications under the Statewide Protocol, they must complete the necessary training as outlined by Colorado State Board of Pharmacy rules.
The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has launched the “Comprehensive Contraceptive Education and Certification for the Colorado Pharmacist" training program, in partnership with the Oregon State University.
This training program allows Colorado pharmacists to meet the requirements necessary to provide contraceptive care to women in our state. The program has received significant support and guidance from several OBGYN members of ACOG, and is specifically designed to give pharmacists the tools needed to be confident and successful in prescribing and monitoring self-administered hormonal contraception.
The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has launched the “Comprehensive Smoking Cessation Education for the Colorado Pharmacist” training program, in partnership with the Oregon State University.
This training program allows Colorado pharmacists to meet the requirements necessary to provide smoking cessation care to eligible adults in our state. This training program will provide the educational resources to safely prescribe smoking cessation therapies. It includes background information (prevalence, burden of tobacco use, addiction and intervention strategies), comprehensive review of medication therapies (pharmacology, clinical approaches to treatment options, and crucial counseling points), practical and business considerations, and finally, Colorado-specific Protocol information to apply to your practice.