Will Montana Make Pharmacists More Like a Family Physician?
Pharmacists could take on a role closer to a family or emergency medicine physician if Montana legislators turn Senate Bill 112 into law, but without the training and expertise of a physician.
Pharmacists in Montana already have the authority to prescribe and administer vaccinations. SB 112 would expand their scope of practice to include prescribing chronic medications as well as allow pharmacists to diagnose and prescribe treatment based on CLIA waived tests.
Patients deserve the experience and training of a physician in the diagnosis and treatment of illness.