With all of the concern regarding the corona virus, the flu is still affecting 19 million people in the United States. States like Florida are pushing to allow pharmacists to test and treat both the flu and strep throat. Do you think pharmacists should be able to test for, diagnose and treat these illnesses?

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Cheryll Jeffcoat
1 year ago

Could be a good thing, but what about contamination from someone who tests positive for flu or strep and has been all over walmart?

Sarah
1 year ago

I went to Walgreens to get my shingrix (shingles) shots. It’s in my neighborhood, very convenient, no waiting line. If you go to an emergency room, you wait for hours, increase your chance to pick up other diseases. Pharmacists can do testing; it would save health care costs and it’s quick. Many people get flu shots at pharmacies every year. Very accessible.

Donald Vance
1 year ago

Several of these commentors don’t know that pharmacists have the same education as a medical doctor PLUS additional study and training in pharmaceutical medicine.

Linda moran
1 year ago

Pharmacist sees and deals with patients sometimes monthly. Drs see for 5 minutes 1x a year. Pharmacist keeps current med and illness history along with allergies. Pharm d is available pretty much 7 days a week 9 to 9. Great idea.

bruce lundgren
1 year ago

I believe that it will take a couple of years before the economy will take a turn to a positive upturn. I lived thru the last part of the depression. I am concerned about the national debt and the downturn of the economy. At my age it will probably not affect me much but will affect my children and my Grandchild.

Sharon Ormsby
1 year ago

As a registered nurse, now retired on disability, I emphatically state that pharmacists must stay within their proper designation. My insurance company already made me have to get my pneumonia shot through the pharmacy instead of my doctor’s office and the pharmacist gave it at the improper place. Instead of the proper two inches below the top of the shoulder, he gave it at the top of the shoulder, where the rotator cuff is. I wasn’t looking at where he was directing the shot and was quite alarmed of course, but hoped for the best. Six hours later was arm was glued to my side and was in severe pain. I could not move it all weekend-but did not go to the emergency room-in hindsight I should have, but saw my doctor on Monday. Was given steroids and pain medication and finally could move my arm. Now, five months later, am seeing an orthopedist, waiting for word from the insurance company as to whether I can get an MRI to see if there is permanent damage. Only another steroid shot has enabled me to get more motion back in my arm as it keeps freezing up. Pharmacists are not all equally trained for things. I do not necessarily blame this pharmacist. I blame the insurance companies for not funding our doctor’s offices. They only cover the vaccines and not the needles, band aids, and alcohol wipes that doctor’s offices must use. Strangely, they do cover it for pharmacies

Kent Gladstone
1 year ago

Completely agree. Who ever misdiagnoses will get sued. It’s the nature of some Americans

Kent Gladstone
1 year ago

If you saw the course work for pharmacists, it’s the same as doctors and more. The difference is the internship. In fact doctors call pharmacists for remedy recommendations and sometimes work with the pharmacist to come up with a fix. Pharmacists don’t spend 6 years of school to fill bottles with pills. Pharmacists do give the flu shot and millions put trust on this. Why not COVID?

Susan
1 year ago

Pharmacists have extensive training in disease states and drug therapies. Expanding their practice to allow initiation of treatment for certain defined conditions would increase patient access to care. Additional focused training and protocols would be in place before allowing this expanded scope. Neither pharmacists nor their employers would blindly take on liability without appropriate preparation. I am a pharmacist working in a university-based health system. My colleagues and our students are very well trained, and most are underutilized in the retail pharmacy/community setting. I doubt people responding to this question have any idea of the requirements to get into pharmacy schools, nor the educational requirements to complete the program.

gd.blaze
1 year ago

I think that if we think this through, we don’t want people who know they are sick coming to Walgreens or WalMart. That being said, if the pharmacist has an isolation area where the correct equipment can be worn to give a test and that test is sent to the lab and reviewed by a doctor who prescribes, that could be a help on the system.

Linda M
1 year ago

From working in both hospital pharmacies and private pharmacies as a tech I can tell you that good Dr’s already consult with pharmacists to prescribe the most appropriate meds. Pharmacists are much more trained and knowledgable about medications than Dr’s are. I, myself have suggested medications to my Dr. for my own diagnosis that he didn’t even know about. Pharmacists are more than capable of diagnosing and treating routine illnesses because they know and study these in connection with the drugs available to treat them. However, due to the extreme cost of ins. and liability of doing so they would probably tell you they do not want the added responsibility unless they are working for the companies trying to take over all healthcare such as Walgreen and CVS where it would only be an issue of money NOT concern for patients at the corporate level. Pharmacists diagnose and treat with OTC meds everyday!

Allen
1 year ago

No. There are simply too many problems that this proposal would crate.

Christi Panter
1 year ago

Has anyone asked the pharmacists if they feel it appropriate to be diagnosing and managing treatment for the flu or strep throat? They know better than anyone who isn’t a pharmacist what their scope of practice is and what liability/risk they face if they agree to, or are told they will, perform this function. I voted “not sure” because I’m not a pharmacist. But I guarantee you they know.

James Slover
1 year ago

The reason you gave is why I consider Pharmacists equal to Physician Assistants. Minor treatment and advice on common colds, flus, viruses with a follow-up visit by a doctor or PA seems wise. Try this for three days and if symptoms remain see your doctor

James Slover
1 year ago

I you have to add the yes votes and no votes to get a true perspective that pharmacists in limited cases know more than doctors about specific treatments.

Lon
1 year ago

Both of my adult children are Drs. Of Pharmacy and work with nursing homes. They are not and no pharmacist is trained to be a medical doctor unless they also went to a university to also study and receive a medical doctor degree. No Pharmacist other than that should be authorized to diagnose, or treat any customer. When we have a health issue, flu, cold, infection, etc. the answer we get from them is; go see your doctor. They can work with the doctors to help decide on the best medication or drug therapy, but they are not trained to diagnose and this would put their license in jeopardy, and open to potential of lawswuits.

Anna deBlanc
1 year ago

Pharmacists are not trained in medical diagnosis. We are getting farther and farther from treatment by doctors. We have Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants who don’t get the same level of training as doctors. I feel this is destroying good medical care here in the US.

Lon
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna deBlanc

Both my adult kids are Drs. of Pharmacy. They totally acknowledge that they are not MDs or PAs, or NPs. And they tell us to see our Doctor when we have health issues. They are consulting pharmacists with nursing homes and work with Doctors, PAs, and NPs to prescribe best potential medications, adjust them, and dosages, and observe in concert with the doctors.

Linda
1 year ago

Pharmacist today are overwhelmed, over worked. They not only fill prescriptions but they consult with patients, give flu and shingles shots, plus they have to run the register to check out each person. At my Winn Dixie Pharmacy in Bradenton,Florida we have the best Pharmacist and staff. I have observed them with absolutely no help, it’s ridiculous. These stores (Companies) just keep piling on the work. I say no. Leave it to the Doctors. Go [email protected]

Harold
1 year ago

The more leaders push the “pandemic”, the more they are driving the hysteria and fear. The CDC numbers for the 19-20 Flu season shows that the “common flu” is far more deadly than COVID-19. At least 18,000 & as may as 30,000 have been hospitalized with the flu since Nov 2019 and 12,000 to 30,000 Americans have died. The CDC numbers, as of 16 March 2020, there has bee 4,459 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the U.S. with 86 deaths.
The sanitation recommendations the CDC has put out should be everyones norm, not just something we’re doing to combat COVID-19.
The leadership of our State and Federal Governments need to stop trying to make us all “protect” ourselves by using, dare I say it, COMMON SCENSE when it comes to controlling any disease.
This country is dangerously close to “Martial Law”, with the STATE banding gatherings of 50 or more. Our Chrch’s are closing their door. Can anyone say the infringement of Church and State? The regulations being forced on the people will go down in history as the biggest POWER Grab ever perpetrated on a FREE country. We are becoming the USSA, United Socialist States of America…Bernie has won and no vote was taken!

AuntiE
1 year ago

If the pharmacist has received diagnostic advanced training, my answer would be yes.

Lon
1 year ago
Reply to  AuntiE

Taht would be a minimum of two or more years of education to study and receive a PA or NP degree at a minimum. I have two adult children that are Drs. of Pharmacy, and do not ever diagnose or treat anyone and even tell us to go to our doctor for a diagnosis.

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