Student Pharmacist Perceptions of a Behind-The-Counter Class of Medications

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Abstract

Objectives:

To report perceptions of PharmD candidates regarding a behind-the-counter (BTC) class of medications and to identify perceived barriers to its successful implementation.

Methods:

PharmD candidates in their second, third, and fourth professional years were invited to complete an online survey. Responses were used to assess perceptions of competency and willingness to participate in a BTC program and perceived preparedness of the current community pharmacy practice environment for a BTC class of medications with regard to 8 specific classes of medications.

Results:

The survey response rate was 28%. In all, 78% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that a BTC class of medications is a change that they would be willing to embrace, and 54% agreed or strongly agreed that their PharmD curriculum provided them with adequate training in laboratory and diagnostic test interpretation. Less than half of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed that community pharmacies are currently equipped with the resources necessary to clinically assess a patient and dispense BTC medications.

Conclusion:

PharmD candidates are prepared and willing to participate in a BTC program but believe that the current community practice environment lacks access to resources necessary to do so.

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