The Pharmacist Will See You Now: Pharmacist Prescriptive Authority and Access to Care in Idaho

9 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2022

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Shishir Shakya

Appalachian State University

Alicia Plemmons

West Virginia University

Kihwan Bae

West Virginia University

Edward Timmons

West Virginia University - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 6, 2022

Abstract

In 2018, Idaho became the first state to grant prescriptive authority to pharmacists in the United States for a limited range of medications related to minor conditions. We examine the effects of this reform on access to care for Medicare beneficiaries prescribed albuterol sulfate (a drug to prevent and treat asthmatic symptoms) and pen needles (particularly for people with diabetes). These are medications for patients for whom delays may inhibit the effectiveness of treatment. We find evidence of more Medicare Part D claims, thirty-day fills, and thirty-day supplies of albuterol sulfate and pen needles after expanding pharmacists’ prescriptive authority. More specifically, nearly three more individuals per pharmacist received time-sensitive care, potentially avoiding detrimental or expensive alternatives.

Keywords: HB191, Idaho, pharmacist, prescriptive authority, access to care

JEL Classification: J44, I18

Suggested Citation

Shakya, Shishir and Plemmons, Alicia and Bae, Kihwan and Timmons, Edward, The Pharmacist Will See You Now: Pharmacist Prescriptive Authority and Access to Care in Idaho (December 6, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4294905 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4294905

Shishir Shakya

Appalachian State University ( email )

Boone, NC 28607
United States

HOME PAGE: http://shishirshakya.github.io/

Alicia Plemmons

West Virginia University ( email )

P.O. Box 6025
Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

Kihwan Bae

West Virginia University ( email )

Edward Timmons (Contact Author)

West Virginia University - Department of Economics ( email )

Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

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