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NWCPHP helps prepare for flu with pharmacist Collaborative Drug Therapy Agreement (CDTA)

The Collaborative Drug Therapy Agreement (CDTA) is an agreement that would allow pharmacists to prescribe antiviral medications in the case of an influenza outbreak.

If there is an influenza outbreak in Washington State, this could help. It's called a Collaborative Drug Therapy Agreement (CDTA), and it's an agreement that would allow pharmacists to prescribe antiviral medications in the case of an influenza outbreak.

During an outbreak, wait-times to see physicians can be extreme, but people continue to visit pharmacies for regular prescription medicine. Why not capitalize on pre-existing travel patterns and a well-educated pharmacist population? NWCPHP, the Washington State Pharmacy Association, and Public Health - Seattle & King County have been developing a CDTA template under a contract with the Washington State Department of Health and the forms are now available.

Pharmacists can fill out a CDTA and submit it to the Washington State Board of Pharmacy at any time. At that point, they would be prepared to prescribe antivirals if necessary, but would only be authorized when notified by local health officers. Also included with the CDTA is a PowerPoint presentation and self-assessment component for pharmacists to learn more about H1N1, its symptoms, risk groups, and prescription protocol. This work is supported by CDC pandemic preparedness funds.

Collaborative Drug Therapy Agreement for Influenza Antivirals in Washington State

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