The American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL) is an organization of attorneys, pharmacists, pharmacist-attorneys and students of pharmacy or law who are interested in the law as it applies to pharmacy, pharmacists, wholesalers, manufacturers, state and federal government and other interested parties.

ASPL is a nonprofit organization with the purposes of

  • Furthering knowledge in the law related to pharmacists, pharmacies, the provision of pharmaceutical care, the manufacturing and distribution of drugs, and other food, drug, and medical device policy issues;
  • Communicating accurate legal educational information; and
  • Providing educational opportunities for pharmacists, attorneys, and others who are interested in pharmacy law

ASPL has become the premier source to engage with the entire spectrum of professionals at the intersection of pharmacy and legal matters. With my formal training, I approach our meetings with the assumption that I have grasped all of the components that contribute to the pharmacy profession. However, engaging with ASPL has placed context around the various, often overlooked, downstream and upstream factors that impact the law as it applies to pharmacy.
Monet Stanford, PharmD

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August 20,  2019

PHARMACY EDUCATION

Washington State allows supervision of health professions students by practitioners in other professions
The Washington State Legislature enacted HB 1726, which became effective on July 28, 2019, and allows health professions students in Washington to engage in practice under the supervision of a broader range of health professionals. The statute was promoted by health sciences students at Washington State University. 3rd year pharmacy student Brandy Seignemartin spearheaded the effort, and led the testimony before legislative committees. [https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2019021316] Proponents argued that the statute will allow for greater interdisciplinary participation in health fairs or free clinics because it will eliminate the need for multiple volunteer preceptors.

The statute amends existing laws governing the training of pharmacy, nursing, and medical students to permit a student to engage in the practice of the profession for which they are training when supervised by a pharmacist, nurse, or physician if the activity being undertaken is within the scope of the student’s profession and also within the scope of practice of the supervising practitioner. As obvious examples, pharmacists, physicians, and nurses in Washington are all capable of supervising students who are assessing patient vital signs or administering medications, including immunizations.

Other provisions require that the activity be undertaken by the student as a volunteer, and that the student’s academic program certifies that the student possesses the underlying competency to undertake the activity. Students must also provide to the organization sponsoring the activity evidence of professional liability insurance coverage. [HB 1726, State of Washington 66th Leg., 2019 Reg. Sess., 2019 c 270, Effective 7/28/19]