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

Pharmacist  ·  April 2, 2016

I think it would be more appropriate given our background and training to obtain expanded scope for more clinical-related responsibilities (ie. prescribing). Pharmacists should build competency and further their skills in being medication experts, not medication administrators. Vaccinations are a very technical skill that will take even more time away from the front-line community pharmacist's role in checking prescriptions and managing drug interactions/optimizing drug therapy. That being said, maybe I would be less against it if the working conditions were better. Currently with BPR taking up so much of the market and so much focus on cutting hours/labour, it would be hard to manage so many more responsibilities without corresponding increase in labour/staff help.

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