IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PrescribeWellness, the cloud-based services company whose mission is to inspire collaboration for better health, today announced that their Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA) is now available in 19 states across the country.
Partner pharmacies in these states can now administer vaccinations without a prescription from a doctor—an important step in reducing the number of adults who are not being properly immunized each year, a situation which adversely affects community health and the national economy.
“Once limited to filling prescriptions and dispensing drugs, pharmacists are increasingly providing direct care to patients,” said Al Babbington, CEO of PrescribeWellness. “Community pharmacies are foot soldiers on the healthcare front line, providing collaborative care and reversing the epidemic of population health issues—including diabetes, obesity, opioid abuse, screenings, and immunizations—and we are proud to be supporting them in these efforts.”
Adult Americans behind on immunizations
According to the CDC, American adults are behind on routine annual vaccinations. Although there have been modest increases in adults over the age of 19 being vaccinated for Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough) and senior citizens being vaccinated for shingles, other rates of immunization are still far below what they should be.
For example, more than half of American adults do not receive their flu vaccine each year. According to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, this causes a $10 billion drag on the economy annually, as people unnecessarily suffer from preventable illnesses—like the flu—and miss five or six days of work as a result.
A Collaborative Practice Agreement can help correct the problem by making immunizations more readily and conveniently available through local pharmacies.
"Being able to provide my patients with all the recommended vaccines helps me to help them take control of their health by preventing illness and the long-term consequences of those conditions," said Dr. Sally Rafie, PharmD, BCPS, Advanced Practice Pharmacist at The Pharmacists Clinic at Point Loma Shelter Island Drug in San Diego.
Americans prefer neighborhood pharmacies for immunizations
A recent PrescribeWellness survey revealed that more than half of Americans (55 percent) prefer to be immunized at their local pharmacies instead of at the doctor’s office. This included 28 percent of parents who prefer getting the whole family immunized at once.
For other Americans, the reasons hinged upon convenience:
- Their pharmacy is a “one-stop shop” for many health and wellness needs—26 percent
- The local pharmacy is easier to get to than the doctor’s office—24 percent
- They get faster (23 percent) and friendlier (22 percent) service
- Their pharmacist helps keep their medications in order—19 percent
PrescribeWellness inspires collaboration for better health across America by connecting patients to locally owned community pharmacies. Its proprietary cloud-based platform empowers pharmacists to provide more effective preventive health care services, which improve medication adherence, chronic disease management, transitions in care, and population health. With data integration and behavioral science at the foundation, PrescribeWellness software solutions position the pharmacist at the center of community healthcare prevention. Inc. 5000 named PrescribeWellness one of America’s Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies for the past two years. For more information, please visit www.prescribewellness.com.