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

Pharmacist  ·  April 3, 2016

I am licensed in Alberta and Ontario and have been practicing in Alberta for the last 8 years. In my workplace we have a certified Travel Pharmacist and so have been administering and prescribing these vaccines and more for several years. Yes it takes time but it is of immense value to patients. I also believe that pharmacists do a much better job of following up with callbacks and reminders to ensure patients receive their full injection series in the appropriate timeline, leading to fewer incompletes. Most physicians now just refer patients to the pharmacy as they have no time or background for travel health and simply want notification of a complete series. The flaw in the system is that Public Health here in Alberta do not accept vaccine records from pharmacies and so the official patient record at Public Health is incomplete. I would urge Ontario to ensure that Public Health accept/require records from pharmacies.

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