Feedback for Proposed Changes to the Pharmacy Act (Administration of Vaccines by Pharmacists)

Pharmacist  ·  April 1, 2016

It is a great step to prevent many infectious diseases and establish a strong herd community. Pharmacist should NOT only able to administer but also assess and prescribe a vaccine as per most current Canadian Immunization Guide. Serious vaccine-related adverse reactions are rare (<1%) but pharmacists should be adequately prepared should they arise.

OCP must ensure that the immunization is carried out in the best interest of a patient and not in the financial interest of the organization by whom the pharmacist is employed. Any activities of dubious nature and against professionalism should be monitored and if appropriate be penalized. OCP should ensure that the vaccines are given in an environment that protects patient's privacy and confidentiality. OCP should regularlyupdate members of the college for audits and investigation. Finally, OCP should establish an anonymous forum where the members can bring concerns related to vaccine administration if they are going to jeopardize patient care or put the patient at increased risk of harm.

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