Collaborative Practice Agreements (CPAs) for pharmacists

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Without Scripted, pharmacists need to develop a relationship with a physician and formulate an agreement with them independently.

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A collaborative practice agreement (CPA) is a written agreement between a pharmacist and a prescriber that allows the pharmacist to perform certain advanced patient care services. 

These services may include:

  • Initiating or modifying drug therapy
  • Managing complex medication regimens
  • Providing medication therapy management (MTM) services
  • Providing patient education and counseling
  • Screening for and managing chronic diseases

CPAs are not required for pharmacists to perform many patient care services, such as medication reviews, but they can be helpful in expanding the scope of a pharmacist’s practice and providing patients with more comprehensive care.

There are several reasons why a pharmacist might need to procure a CPA to perform advanced services. 

First, CPAs can help to ensure that pharmacists are providing safe and effective care. By working closely with a prescriber, pharmacists can get guidance on complex cases and ensure that patients are receiving the right medications in the right doses.

Second, CPAs can help to improve communication between pharmacists and prescribers. This can be especially important in cases where the pharmacist is providing MTM services or managing complex medication regimens. By having a CPA in place, pharmacists and prescribers can have a clear understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities, which can help to avoid errors and improve patient outcomes.

Finally, CPAs can help to promote pharmacists as valuable members of the healthcare team. By demonstrating their ability to provide advanced patient care services, pharmacists can help to build trust with prescribers and other healthcare providers. This can lead to more opportunities for pharmacists to collaborate with other healthcare professionals and provide patients with the best possible care.


Here are some of the benefits of having a collaborative practice agreement:

  • Improved patient care: Pharmacists can provide more comprehensive and coordinated care to patients when they have a CPA in place.
  • Increased communication between pharmacists and prescribers: A CPA can help to ensure that there is clear communication between pharmacists and prescribers, which can help to avoid errors and improve patient outcomes.
  • Increased opportunities for pharmacists: Pharmacists who have a CPA in place may be able to take on more advanced patient care roles, such as managing complex medication regimens or providing MTM services.

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