SF 296 will now allow Iowa pharmacists to test patients on-site for viruses such as the flu, COVID-19, and strep throat - and also treat them immediately. This "test and treat" law will expand access to health care and create a more convenient way for patients to get the care that they need in a timely manner. Especially in rural areas, there may be limited access to certain healthcare services - but 90% of Americans at least live within 5 miles of a community pharmacy. Pharmacists will be able to use their clinical expertise to go beyond simply testing for common viruses, and now also be able to recommend treatment to the patient to get them on the road to recovery.
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