Arizona has been a leader in occupational licensing reform, starting with a major reform in 2019 that recognizes the out‐of‐state occupational licenses of people moving into the state. When the Arizona legislature convenes in January 2021, it should build on these reforms.
One way to do so is to tap into pharmacists’ knowledge and training. In a new study released jointly by the Goldwater Institute and the R Street Institute, Courtney M. Joslin and I explain how and why the scope of practice of pharmacists should be expanded to allow them to perform tests and prescribe treatments for a variety of conditions. Doing so will help expand access to affordable healthcare for all patients and enhance their autonomy and choice.
In many ways, this public health emergency has been a “teachable moment.” State lawmakers should learn from it, and not wait for the next health crisis before enacting urgently needed reforms.