Pharmacists enjoy an enviable reputation among Canada’s leading professionals. We continually rank them high on the list of professionals who are trustworthy. Now their role is changing.
As recognition of the expertise of pharmacists grows, there seems to be an acceptance of their expanded role – suggests the results of a study completed by Jason Perepelkin that was published in the Canadian Pharmacists Journal in March of last year.
The Vision for Pharmacy as prescribed by the Canadian Pharmacists Association on their Blueprint for Pharmacy website is ‘optimal drug therapy outcomes for Canadians through patient-centered care.’
Legislation in various jurisdictions such as Quebec, Saskatchewanand Albertais seeing key changes in both the scope of practice of pharmacists and in the levels of their prescribing authority. As pharmacists move to a more service-oriented role they’re providing a wider range of services like ordering lab tests, re-filling prescriptions and providing minor treatments. You can read more of these key legislation and policy changes.
So what are the responses to these changes?
Pharmacists of course, seem to be applauding the changes. Dennis Abud, Pharmacist and President of the New Brunswick Pharmacists Association says about the changes: “I’ve never had so many patients say ‘thank you.’ They are going away less frustrated and not feeling that the pharmacist is acting like the medication police.”
From what I can sense, most patients seem to have a favourable opinion of these increased responsibilities given our pharmacists. Yet, most Canadians remain generally unaware of all that their pharmacist can do for them. More informing of the public seems to be needed by pharmacists and the organizations that support the profession.
What do you feel about the changes? Please share your thoughts below.
RELATED POSTS & RESOURCES:
Pharmacy Policy Changes in Canada – Blueprint for Pharmacy
Using iTechnology to Organize Care for Elderly Loved Ones – PHS blog post
Public Opinion of Pharmacists and Pharmacists’ Prescribing – Jason Perepelkin article in CPJ P
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