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Pharmacy and Public Health Work Together

Andy Stergachis PhD, and Dana Meranus MPH, NWCPHP personnel, developed a facilitated discussion to help the public health and pharmacy communities to work together during emergency events.
Pharmacy and Public Health Work Together

Photo courtesy of the Washington State Pharmacy Association

August 27, 2010

Andy Stergachis PhD, and Dana Meranus MPH, NWCPHP personnel, recently planned and developed a facilitated discussion designed to help the public health and pharmacy communities to work together during emergency events. Held on August 5, 2010, this event focused on collaborative drug therapy agreements (CDTAs). CDTAs allow prescribers to pre-authorize pharmacists to provide medication without a prior physician consult or visit.

This capacity is an important one, especially during emergency events that require mass prophylaxis. In recognition of the importance of CDTAs during emergency events, attendees for this event included pharmacy leaders from hospitals, chain drug stores, and the Washington State Board of Pharmacy. Public Health – Seattle & King County Preparedness Section team members also attended the event.

After discussing the capabilities of pharmacy along with potential emergency scenarios in King County, the participants discussed implementing CDTAs during a fictional inhalational anthrax outbreak scenario. (This exercise was based on The Anarchist tabletop exercise, a NWCPHP training tool.)

The group also identified important areas for future collaborations. These areas include creation of standardized forms to use during an emergency event, the need for advance planning to better define roles, and boosting public awareness of pharmacists as a public health resource.

This activity was supported by an Advanced Practice Center-NACCHO subcontract grant from Public Health – Seattle & King County.

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