Forget about simply filling prescriptions — today's community pharmacists have moved from behind the counter to the front lines of healthcare delivery.

Armed with additional education and an industry push to move past what some have described as the "count, pour, lick, and stick" approach to retail and community-based pharmacy, many pharmacies across the country have adopted new policies and procedures that focus more on patient care and outcomes.

One of the most notable of these changes is the authority pharmacists now have to administer vaccinations to their patients. All 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, now give pharmacists the right to administer influenza vaccines, and some states allow other types of vaccination as well.

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