Pharmacists in Washington would be able to fill prescriptions written by out-of-state physician assistants under legislation passed unanimously today by the state Senate.
Under current law, Washington pharmacists cannot fill prescriptions for drugs and controlled substances from out-of-state assistants and osteopathic physician assistants unless specifically approved to do so by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission.
Senate Bill 5524, sponsored by Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, would change that for prescriptions from out-of-state physician assistants who meet the same qualifications as those within the state.
“This will simplify and streamline an unnecessarily cumbersome process, particularly for those who live in border communities,” Cleveland said. “People will be able to get their prescriptions filled faster and more easily.”
SB 5524 now goes to the House of Representatives.