TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Everyday, pharmacists all over the country serve an intermediary role between the physician and the patient. These professionals have a deep understanding of medication, their interactions and are qualified to provide medical advice to patients. Despite these qualifications, American pharmacists are limited to what medications they can provide to ailing patients. A recent article in Forbes explores the efforts to reduce such limitations. While pharmacists, such as Terry Yon, believe that the allowance for pharmacies to provide more routine medication would improve health and economic factors for patients. Many medical practitioners are against this proposed change, as they feel it would put patients in danger and ruin the traditional patient-physician relationship.
The article was prompted by a recent proposal to the FDA that called for creation of a third class of drug categorization. This class would refer to specific "nonprescription use" medication that a pharmacist would be allowed to distribute to customers. As stated in the Federal Release, "some drug products that would otherwise require a prescription could be approved as nonprescription drug products with some type of pharmacist intervention as their condition of safe use." The article's author feels that it would be justified to allow a pharmacist to provide inhalers to asthmatic individuals or Epipens to distressed patients facing immediate allergic reactions.
Terry Yon believes that registered pharmacists should be allowed to distribute a wider array of medication following proper guidelines and protocol. This practice would not be unlike what advanced registered nurse practitioners already provide. Yon explains, "Florida currently allows pharmacists to d