The Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP) believes that all medication functions must be performed by or under the supervision of a pharmacist. ICHP opposes the dispensing of medications by non-pharmacist prescribers except when limited prescriber dispensing alleviates a hardship which would otherwise be imposed on the patient in obtaining needed medications.
ICHP recognizes that not all professions are currently held to the same regulatory standards as pharmacy for dispensing medication, with regard to proper medication storage, labeling, record keeping, and patient counseling. In situations when non-pharmacist prescribers do dispense medications, ICHP strongly recommends that they follow the same standards that govern pharmacy dispensing. ICHP supports that each profession update its practice act on medication dispensing to improve patient safety.