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

Pharmacist  ·  April 16, 2016

I fully support the implementation of vaccine administration at pharmacies. From a patient convenience and cold-chain perspective, it makes complete and common sense that the place where the patient picks up the vaccine is where it should be administered. This makes for more efficient Ontario health care delivery. Pharmacists have the necessary background training (6-8 years of science , rph + injection course) to qualify for this responsibility.

Also, travel medicine is an excellent area for pharmacists. Community pharmacies would make excellent travel health centres for Ontarians because of accessibility. I think, after extensive and evidence-based training, pharmacists should be able to prescribe some medications for travel. Pharmacists should base their decisions to prescribe on patient care and not at all on business motives.

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