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

Pharmacist  ·  May 26, 2016

Pharmacists should be allowed to administer vaccines like those of B12, Prolia ,Twinrix,Havrix,Engerix on top of the seasonal flu vaccine. Certain travel vaccines like that of Yellow Fever may need special training/ directives. Pharmacists giving flu shots are required to keep their CPR training updated and are required to administer epinephrine in case of anaphylaxis and all pharmacies are required to have an acoustically secure private area for counselling purposes which usually doubles up as flu vaccine administration room,so what if emergency situation and space is not an issue. Time is an issue though as there will be interruption in regular work flow.Since 1 pharmacist can do 1 activity at a time so someone will have to wait as error due to multitasking is not an option in our profession.Having said that,it is imperative that we as a profession embrace any expanded scope which comes in our way as that is the only way for the profession to grow , of course we should ask/demand to be remunerated for the same.Since it is not a perfect world everything may not happen at the same time but will happen eventually (fair remuneration etc).Wholehearted participation and enthusiasm for any expanded scope of practice,be it giving vaccines,prescribing for minor ailment etc is very much needed for more such things to come our way and for the profession of a pharmacist to evolve to next level and remain viable in future.

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