Pharmacists' role in patient care Over the last few years, pharmacists have begun to take on new roles in patient care, gaining the authority to directly prescribe medications for certain health conditions. These policies have been implemented in several states, offering yet another way for pharmacists to impact patients’ lives. The varying degrees of authority to assess and prescribe treatments to patients could potentially redefine the pharmacist’s role in patient care across the country. While some consider these changes to be advantageous for all members of the care team, others believe that expanded roles for pharmacists creates tension between pharmacists and physicians. How would you define these tensions and how do you propose easing them? How do you believe expanded roles for pharmacists will impact patients, particularly those in underserved communities? We encourage you to speak to a professor, instructor, or pharmacist to learn more about this topic if you are unfamiliar. There is no right or wrong answer – we are only looking for thoughtful responses!