As of December 11, 2020, pharmacists have the authority to:
- Administer the flu vaccine to children as young as two years old
- Renew prescriptions in quantities of up to one year’s supply
This expands pharmacists’ authority from administering the flu vaccine to children as young as five and renewing prescriptions in quantities of up to six month’s supply.
As of July 1, 2022, pharmacy professionals have the authority to:
- Perform certain point of care tests (POCT) for chronic conditions to assist with medication management and treatment of patients (also required enabling regulations to be made under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Act)
This expands the authority of pharmacy professionals to perform the act of piercing the dermis to obtain blood with a lancing device, solely for the purposes of patient education and demonstration.
Existing guidelines have been revised to incorporate these changes to practice and support registrants in utilizing their expanded roles:
- Administering a Substance by Injection or Inhalation
- Initiating, Adapting and Renewing Prescriptions
- Piercing the Dermis for Demonstration and Point-of-Care Tests
As of January 1, 2023, pharmacists have the authority to:
- Prescribe drugs for certain minor ailments
Information for Patients
Patients are encouraged to speak to their pharmacist to out what healthcare services they offer and whether they are right for their needs. Having the legislated authority to prescribe for minor ailments does not mean all pharmacists must offer or provide this service.