Medication Administration Services

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For more than ten years, APhA has worked through advocacy, policy, and practice initiatives to expand pharmacists’ scope of practice to include administration of medications beyond vaccines. APhA initiated policy on this topic in 1998 and refined it in 2005. Through this policy, APhA:

  • Supports pharmacist administration 
of prescription and nonprescription medications as a component of pharmacy practice.
  • Supports the development of programs and practice guidelines for pharmacist administration of medications.
  • Urges the adoption of state laws and regulations that authorize pharmacist administration of prescription and nonprescription medications.
  • Supports compensation for pharmacist administration of medications.

Pharmacy-based medication administration services (MAS) encompass pharmacist administration of medications, support of patient self-administration, and provision of all related care coordination and care management services. Pharmacy-based MAS should be considered broadly, although most activity is currently focused on injectable medications. Pharmacists and members of the pharmacy team, such as pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists, have important roles and responsibilities in the care of patients who have medications administered. To further advance pharmacy-based MAS, APhA has developed principles, practice guidance, and an implementation toolkit that support pharmacists’ provision of MAS to patients.

APhA’s MAS Resources

Report of the APhA Stakeholder Conference on Improving Patient Access to Injectable Medications

Principles for Pharmacy-based Medication Administration Services – Offers guiding principles for pharmacists and pharmacy team members to use in developing and providing MAS.

Practice Guidance for Pharmacy-based Medication Administration Services – Details the roles of pharmacy team in MAS and offers practice guidance for the provision of MAS to patients.

Implementation Toolkit for Pharmacy-based Medication Administration Services – A compilation of example forms and documents that can be adapted to meet each individual pharmacy’s needs, partnerships, and state regulations.

Beyond Vaccines: Pharmacists improve patient access to injectable medications - A Pharmacy Today article on MAS, featured on the cover of the February 2018 issue

Additional MAS Resources

Information on state-specific laws and regulations that pertain to pharmacy-based medication administration can be found
 at https://naspa.us/resource/med-admin-resources/.

Pharmacists may also contact their state boards of pharmacy with specific questions about authority to provide MAS. Contacts for state board of pharmacy representatives can be accessed at https://nabp.pharmacy/boards-of-pharmacy/.
 

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