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Pharmacist-provided care in Idaho

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Idaho is unique for its sprawling landscapes, beautiful sunsets, and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, but did you know that Idaho is also unique in the way its pharmacies provide care to patients? Idaho has the most expansive prescriptive authority in the nation. What this means for citizens of Pocatello and many of the rural communities in the state is that you can go into a pharmacy when you are feeling ill or experience symptoms of many non-complicated diseases, receive a test or diagnostic screen of your symptoms, and be prescribed medication to treat your illness. Walter Fitzgerald, dean for the College of Pharmacy is joined for this month’s episode of Pharmacy Fusion by Shanna O’Connor, clinical assistant professor for ISU, who explains why your local pharmacist is often your most accessible health care provider. Pharmacy Fusion airs Tuesday, December 7, and monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

Walter L. Fitzgerald, Jr. serves as Dean of the College of Pharmacy, and Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, at Idaho State University. He received the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1979 from Mercer University School of Pharmacy in Atlanta. In 1982 he received the Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Tennessee, College of Graduate Health Sciences, in Memphis. And in 1983 he received the Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis, School of Law.