How do you prescribe long-acting injectables via telepsychiatry?
Prescribing long-acting injectables (LAI) is similar to that of prescribing any medication — determine the dose, frequency, and applicable dispensing location.
Many clinics and work settings allow you to arrange for the long-acting injectable to be provided at another clinic site or nursing site. For instance, the Veterans Affairs' telehealth system allows a prescriber to order the medication, and request nursing support at a specific clinic, through their electronic health record.
According to the Pharmacy Times, as of 2019, pharmacists can provide vaccinations in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Only 44 states allow pharmacists to give long-acting injectable medications. Calling your pharmacy for options can help clarify what services are available.
And, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association, industry programs from pharmaceutical manufacturers of long-acting injectable atypical antipsychotic medications — such as Invega Sustenna — can help determine which locations can administer such medications. Recognized "Injection Centers" are networks of pharmacies and healthcare facilities that help provide these injections.