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South Carolina Pharmacists discuss the future of their profession with legislators

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CEO of the Pharmacy Association Craig Burridge says it is important for pharmacists to understand their role in the healthcare profession. CEO of the Pharmacy Association Craig Burridge says it is important for pharmacists to understand their role in the healthcare profession.
Senator Ronnie W. Cromer spoke with the students on understanding current legislation regarding their practices. Senator Ronnie W. Cromer spoke with the students on understanding current legislation regarding their practices.

Eric Cirillo, Carolina Reporter

Pharmacists and students from the four schools of pharmacy in South Carolina gathered at the South Carolina State House on Wednesday to educate legislators on proposed bills and clarify their role in healthcare.

Craig Burridge is the CEO of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association. He says your pharmacists need to know about the future of their profession.

"The idea is to get them involved young, teach them about the process, how it works for them (the profession), and how it works for their patients," said Burridge. "That's really the most important part."

The day gave students a chance to talk with legislators about some of the proposed bills they are backing and to address issues they feel need attention.

Kevin Brown is a first year student at South University School of Pharmacy, who is interested in the services pharmacists can provide.

"One of the issues I want to see addressed is basically giving the pharmacists that freewill to provide those [healthcare] services," said Brown. "A lot of times those services are provided to physicians, but physicians right now are pretty much overworked."

The group's leaders say addressing issues like these will help pharmacists better care for their patients and help serve their community to the best of their abilities.

"I love pharmacy, I've been with them for 24 years," said Burridge, "I like what they do and I like how they care for their patients."

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