Reflection: Zoey Le, PharmD Candidate
The future of pharmacists is no longer limited to standing behind the counter, distributing medication and monitoring the patients’ health and therapy effectiveness. The SB 493 being signed into law is one step further to provide pharmacists the opportunity to be considered as heath care providers and medication experts and help all Californian patients receive better and safer medical care. Pharmacists can now initiate some certain prescriptions such as hormonal birth control, nicotine replacement therapy and travel abroad medication; they can also provide Naloxone, which is an antidote for opioid overdose – a lifesaving medication. In the shortage of primary physicians nowadays, pharmacists are also allowed to order tests to manage the efficacy and toxicity of medication for diabetes, hypertension, etc. Therefore, in order to gain successful providership, one should obtain up-to-date knowledge, clinical evidence, evidence-based medicines, physician support, and request the support of HR 592 and S109. If student pharmacists know how to manage their schedule, join the CSHP, spend a little time every day learning about health care systems and things to improve the system, then the return on time investment would be huge and valuable. In health care system, pharmacists do not work by themselves but instead get involved in a bigger pharmacy team that involves pharmacy associations, school of pharmacy, board of pharmacy, pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy students do not need to wait until they get the pharmacist license to act as a pharmacist.
Reflection #2: Eunice Kim, PharmD Candidate
Dr. Kawahara emphasized the importance of our involvement in the advocacy for our profession. As student pharmacists, we should utilize the pharmacy organizations that are available on campus such as CSHP and APhA-ASP/CPhA. With the SB 493 implementation and all the advancements that are made in our profession, student
pharmacists need to be prepared for the expanding scope of practice of pharmacists. I am currently involved with the WesternU chapters of APhA-ASP/CPhA, CSHP and AMCP. During the Midyear Regional Meeting with APhA, I had a chance to witness student pharmacists drafting bills and participate on voting on the bills. Even though the bills were drafted by student pharmacists, some of the ideas seemed very beneficial to the current field of pharmacy. By learning about the process as well as getting exposure to how changes can be made in the profession as a student, I believe I will be more active in advocating for our profession when I become a pharmacist.