Medication Administration Services
Improving Patient Access to Injectable Medications
Your role in patient care has seen groundbreaking expansion in the past 20 years. From vaccine administration and medication therapy management, to in-depth coaching programs for chronic diseases. Pharmacy-based patient care activities have improved public health and enhanced the quality of life for patients across the country. Drawing on this success, and to further advance the pharmacists role in Medication Administration Services (MAS), which encompasses the administration of medications, support of patient self-administration, and provision of all related care coordination and care management services, APhA has developed a series of principles, practice guidance, and implementation tools to help support the integration of MAS into your practice.
Background Information: In 2016 APhA convened a stakeholder conference of national thought leaders in pharmacy practice including employers, pharmacy associations, and pharmaceutical companies to discuss opportunities to advance the pharmacist's role in the provision of injectable Medication Administration Services (MAS) and related patient care services. The full report was published in JAPhA in 2017.
Read more about APhA’s policy statement on this topic:
APhA initiated policy on this topic in 1998 and refined it in 2005. Through this policy, APhA:
- Supports pharmacist administration of prescription and nonprescription medications as a component of pharmacy practice.
- Supports the development of programs and practice guidelines for pharmacist administration of medications.
- Urges the adoption of state laws and regulations that authorize pharmacist administration of prescription and nonprescription medications.
- Supports compensation for pharmacist administration of medications.
Read the Report (links out to the report)
Getting Started with MAS: The pharmacy team has an important role in implementing MAS. Build a foundation for success with these guiding principles for implementing MAS in your pharmacy.
Get the Guiding Principles (links out to the principles document)
Practice Guidance for Implementing MAS: Are you ready to implement MAS in your pharmacy? Then get started with the valuable resources on this site, including how to use the JCPP Pharmacists' Patient Care Process, what you need to do to keep up with laws and regulations, and the additional training and education you should consider before providing MAS.
Get the Full Guidance Document (links to 35 page doc)
Tools for Implementing MAS
The following example forms and documents can be used and adapted to meet the needs of your pharmacy to implement MAS.
Checklist for MAS Using the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process
Example Patient Intake Form for MAS
Example Medications Appropriate for Administration
Example MAS Pharmacist Referral Form to Physician
Example MAS Information Sheet for Patients
Example Content Overview for MAS Policies and Procedures
Example Pharmacy MAS Protocol
Example Informed Consent for MAS
Example MAS Patient Appointment Card
Example MAS Follow-up Letter from Pharmacist to Prescriber
Create custom forms for your Pharmacy
Customize the Patient Intake Form
Customize the Pharmacist Referral Form
Customize the Information Sheet
Customize the Protocol
Customize the Informed Consent Form
Customize the Appointment Card
Customize the Follow-up Letter
"We know that these medications are so important to take every single month on time, so we build that trust and relationship with the patient and work with their other health care providers and family. We want to patients to get care on time" Ashley Burns, PharmD. Albertsons Companies, via Pharmacy Today
Other Important MAS Resources
Information on state-specific laws and regulations that pertain to pharmacy-based medication administration can be found at https://naspa.us/resource/med-admin-resources/.
Pharmacists may also contact their state boards of pharmacy with specific questions about authority to provide MAS. Contacts for state board of pharmacy representatives can be accessed at https://nabp.pharmacy/boards-of-pharmacy/.