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

Pharmacist  ·  May 14, 2016

I am a retired pharmacist/member emeritus of OCP. I am very supportive of initiatives that further integrate and enhance the pharmacist professional role as a primary health care provider. I would prefer to see more emphasis on promoting the pharmacist's role as expert authority on pharmacotherapy through expanded scope of practice in the area of prescribing and adjusting appropriate drug therapy. Administration of vaccines can and should be delegated to other frontline health care providers who could perform this service in a pharmacy setting to facilitate access fro patients. However, if adding the task of administering vaccines, which in my view is not consistent with nor the best use of a pharmacist's expertise, will serve to strengthen the profession's position on the primary health care team, then the role should be expanded to the full extent possible. I remain concerned that this service will further confuse people about where the pharmacist's true expertise lies. Please work harder to enhance the prescribing role!! At least ensure pharmacists in Ontario are able to do what pharmacists in other provinces are already able to do.

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