Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What can Ontario Pharmacists do?

More than they used to!

Premier Dalton McGuinty announced the additional services pharmacists can deliver at the University of Toronto's Leslie Dan School of Pharmacy. In addition to giving the flu shot, pharmacists can now also:
  • Renew or adapt existing prescriptions
  • Prescribe medication to help people quit smoking
  • Demonstrate how to use an asthma inhaler or inject insulin
  • Support patients who have a chronic disease, such as diabetes, monitor their condition

Pharmacists are the best people to ask about medications, especially if you are seeking to add an over-the-counter medicine to existing prescribed medications. In addition, pharmacists should review your prescriptions, the dosages, and the frequency, on an annual basis to ensure that medications are being taken properly.

Truthfully, many of my clients complain about their physicians and pharmaceuticals.

There is much they must keep on top of, and cannot know everything about everything.
I visited my Nurse Practitioner and she religiously looked up recent data on a prescription for me. She knew what she didn't know!

Engaging Physicians in Medication Reconciliation held September 25, 2012. The call was presented by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP Canada).
For those who weren’t able to attend the call, a recording and the accompanying slides are available on the Safer Healthcare Now! website. Click here to access the recording.

Learn more about medication safety at www.ismpcanada.ca andwww.saferhealthcarenow.ca.
CPSI’s next national call is taking place Monday, December 10, 2012 on the topic of falls in long-term care with a focus on fracture prevention. The call will be hosted in partnership with the Registered Nurses Association of Canada (RNAO). Click here to learn more.

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