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

Pharmacist  ·  April 3, 2016

I am all for expanding our scope to include more than just the flu vaccine, but I do have some reservations. The ability to have pharmacists prescribe all of the entities would be logical - how exactly would we be alleviating the burden on the healthcare system if we still need to send the patient to the doctor for an Rx? This would require certification to acquire appropriate prescribing authority. In addition, I feel that travel vaccines (both prescribing and administration) should be a specialty, requiring even more specific training. BTW where are the B12 injections?? I am comfortable with having properly trained interns and registered pharmacy techs administer injections, but not pharmacy students. More stringent requirements for a private and professional area to administer all injections should be enforced. Finally, I have found it a challenge to give flu shots on a "drop-in" basis; staffing and injection appointment scheduling should be carefully evaluated at each workplace. Last but not least, adequate and appropriate compensation for these services should be established beforehand.

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