Take Two for June 24, 2013

Pharmacists would be allowed to provide more care to Californians under SB493

El Monte Pharmacy

Stephanie O'Neill

Pharmacist Gloria Goh provides a free blood sugar test to El Monte Pharmacy customer Maria Medina of Rowland Heights.

El Monte Pharmacy

Stephanie O'Neill

Pills waiting to be added to prescriptions at El Monte Pharmacy.

El Monte Pharmacy

Stephanie O'Neill

El Monte Pharmacy tech intern Gabriel Rodriguez measures out diabetes medication.

El Monte Pharmacy

Stephanie O'Neill

The El Monte Pharmacy has no walls separating pharmacists from customers.

El Monte PHarmacy

Stephanie O'Neill

The El Monte Pharmacy.

El Monte Pharmacy

Stephanie O'Neill

Pharmacist and owner of the El Monte Pharmacy, Ken Thai, helps a customer.


Starting next January, millions of uninsured Californians will have to buy health insurance under the new federal health care law. The resulting influx of new patients could exacerbate the shortage of primary care doctors. 

That's prompted state legislation to expand the role of certain health professionals, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants. As KPCC's Stephanie O'Neill reports, a similar push is underway to give pharmacists greater freedom to provide certain types of medical care.


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