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

Pharmacist  ·  May 18, 2016

Is it realistic for us to expect to only be able to prescribe if we have direct access to a chart? What if the patient doesn't have a chart established anywhere? Most patients are good historians if we do our jobs collecting a history, and we can find out what medications they are on by checking our own pharmacy records or calling other pharmacies if they go elsewhere. Prescribing decisions by physicians are made without complete charts all the time (walk-in clinics, emergency departments, travel clinics, etc.) If physicians refused to act without access to a complete chart, many patients would go without needed therapy. I agree with holding our profession to a high standard, but we shouldn't be refusing to act just because we don't have an absolutely perfect scenario for every single case. We can't ignore patients as sources of their own information, and should be able to use our professional judgment to make decisions based on the best available information.

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