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

Pharmacist  ·  April 4, 2016

It does make sense that pharmacists who are able to provide one type of immunization via injection be able to provide up to 13 others. However, I believe that additional training/study should be undertaken by those pharmacists who wish to provide all immunizations as travel medicine is a highly specialized field. Also, one should consider that providing flu shots is always IM, whereas when providing multiple vaccines, one should be clear on SC vs IM vs co-administration, timing, etc. So perhaps an online training module re: the specifics of the added immunizations be required. I also think that only those pharmacies who have a private, enclosed office/couselling area be allowed to provide such services to allow for the consultations that should be required prior to administration AND the privacy to administer the injections. Be aware that BigPharma is likely to run willy-nilly with their quotas if this expanded scope is just 'tacked' onto the current UIIP/injection training requirements.

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