The College is working with the Ministry of Health to expand the scope of practice for pharmacists. Specifically, the College has been directed to submit draft regulations that would enable pharmacists to:
- Administer the flu vaccine to children as young as two years old
- Renew prescriptions in quantities of up to a year’s supply
- Administer certain substances by injection and/or inhalation for purposes that are in addition to patient education and demonstration
- Prescribe drugs for certain minor ailments
The College is also working with the Ministry to provide pharmacists with the authority to perform point-of-care tests for certain chronic conditions.
While working expeditiously to submit draft regulations within requested timelines, the College will be consulting broadly with pharmacy professionals, the public and stakeholders.
Administering the flu vaccine, renewing prescriptions, and administering substances
The College has been directed to submit draft regulations to the Ministry for the first three scope-related activities by November 30, 2019.
Meeting this timeline requires two special Council meetings. The first meeting will be held August 22, 2019 to approve an open public consultation on the draft regulations, which will then be posted for comments for 60 days. The second meeting will be held November 21, 2019 for approval of the final regulatory amendments to be submitted to the Ministry. Go here for more information and updates about Council meetings.
The College has received preliminary feedback from pharmacy professionals about the first three scope-related activities through an online survey, which will help guide its work. The survey closed on July 18, however, pharmacy professionals who did not participate in the survey and would like to provide feedback on the draft regulations can look for updates on the open public consultation here and in e-Connect.
The College has been directed to submit draft regulations to the Ministry to permit prescribing for certain minor ailments by June 30, 2020.
Pharmacy professionals and members of the public who would like to provide preliminary feedback on minor ailments will have an opportunity to do so in the near future. Watch for updates here, in e-Connect and in Pharmacy Connection.
Point of Care Testing
This authority requires changes related to the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act and will be managed by the Ministry of Health. The College will participate and consult with pharmacy professionals and key health system stakeholders on this aspect of expanded scope of practice. Watch for updates here, in e-Connect and in Pharmacy Connection.