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Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services in the United States

Version 1 : Received: 30 October 2018 / Approved: 1 November 2018 / Online: 1 November 2018 (18:01:34 CET)

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Hurley-Kim, K.; Goad, J.; Seed, S.; Hess, K.M. Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services in the United States. Pharmacy 2019, 7, 5. Hurley-Kim, K.; Goad, J.; Seed, S.; Hess, K.M. Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services in the United States. Pharmacy 2019, 7, 5.

Journal reference: Pharmacy 2018, 7, 5
DOI: 10.3390/pharmacy7010005

Abstract

Pharmacists and pharmacies are highly visible and accessible to the public and have long been regarded as a source for immunization services in the United States. As international travel continues to increase and grow in popularity in this country, there is a pressing need for expanded access to preventative health services including routine and travel vaccinations and medications for prophylaxis or self-treatment of conditions that may be acquired overseas. In the United States, the scope of pharmacy practice continues to expand and incorporate these preventable health services to varying degrees on a state-by-state level. As a result, pharmacists can help to increase access to and awareness of the need for these services to insure that patients remain healthy while traveling abroad and that they do not acquire a travel-related disease while on their trip. For those pharmacists interested in starting a travel health service, considerations should be undertaken that ensures that they have the necessary training, education, and skill set in order to provide this specialty level of care and that their practice setting is optimally designed to facilitate this service. Outcomes from studies that have evaluated pharmacy-based travel health services are positive, which further supports the role of the pharmacist in this setting. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to highlight United States pharmacy laws and regulations, pharmacist training, travel clinic considerations, and patient care outcomes from pharmacy-based travel health services.

Subject Areas

pharmacy law, education, training, vaccines, community pharmacy, ambulatory care

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