Letter: Maroney a leader

As a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Connecticut, I help shape Connecticut’s pharmaceutical workforce of the future. Pharmacy practice in Connecticut just took a big step forward, modernizing how pharmacists can collaborate with other licensed health care providers. Thanks to Senator James Maroney, Connecticut’s pharmacy practice statutes now allow pharmacists to enter into collaborative drug therapy agreements with any licensed healthcare provider or group of providers.

Pharmacists can now help co-manage patient populations with these providers, extending a valuable resource to primary care practices that are often overstretched. The new law that Maroney helped pass removes the administrative burdens that were present in the old laws and will result in better care for our citizens. It will also help prevent our pharmacy graduates from pursuing practice opportunities in more progressive states.

In recognition of his significant contributions to the practice of pharmacy, the Connecticut Pharmacist Association presented Senator Maroney with the Legislator of the Year award at their 146th annual meeting in September. By working across the aisle and partnering with medical professionals, Maroney has proven himself to be an effective leader.

Sean M. Jeffery

Professor, Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy

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