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    Alberta Pharmacists Write Prescriptions Under New Regulations

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/sto...p-alberta.html

    Alberta will become the only province in the country to allow pharmacists to write prescriptions under new provincial health regulations that come into effect on Sunday.

    Pharmacists who have completed a training program will be able to write and refill prescriptions without a doctor's authorization for a wide range of chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure and asthma. They will also be able to administer vaccines.
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    They've been talking about this for a while - hope it comes to Ontario! I think it's a great idea, rather than wait 3 weeks to get into my family physician for refills at a cost to OHIP.
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    That's AWESOME!!! Congrats to you Albertans<is that the right term?> Hope they qualify that trainig program and certify the pharmacists thoroughly...I see how especially w/the two examples it could be life saving for many people...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnifer
    They've been talking about this for a while - hope it comes to Ontario! I think it's a great idea, rather than wait 3 weeks to get into my family physician for refills at a cost to OHIP.
    Exactly, the wait times and cost savings will be huge. Plus, I hate going to the clinic just for refills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broknwing
    That's AWESOME!!! Congrats to you Albertans<is that the right term?> Hope they qualify that trainig program and certify the pharmacists thoroughly...I see how especially w/the two examples it could be life saving for many people...
    Yes, that's the proper term for us here in Albereta.

    I hope they're able to prescribe antibiotics because when I start getting a bladder infection my AD makes my heart feel like it's going to explode. A stop at the store would be much better than the emergency room and quicker.

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    Yeah. I think it's great news. Pharmacists know their stuff, and it will take a huge strain off the health care system.

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    Hate to be a wet blanket, but this sounds very dangerous to me. Pharmacists are not trained to diagnose, or to prescribe. Physicians and nurse practicitioners and clinical nurse specialists have a lot of hours of training, and supervised clinical hours (extensive) in how to properly diagnose illness and then to prescribe medications. Pharmacists lack this training. In addition, in the USA physicians would NEVER allow legislation like this to be passed....they fight advanced practice nurses having prescribing priviledges as it is....

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    I agree...I love the pharmacists I work with, and depend upon their expertise daily on medications, side effects, dosing, administration, stability, interactions, etc., but their training is primarily in chemistry and biokinetics of drugs, and NOT in diagnosing.

    In the USA, most states allow a pharmacist to EXTEND a prescription (not the same as a renewal) that was made by a physician, so if you run out you can get another week or two of non-narcotic drugs, but to allow them to prescribe NEW drugs and diagnose sounds VERY dangerous to me. Making the proper diagnosis of disease is not something you can just "pick up" with a few hours of continuing education.

    The medical (AMA, etc.) lobby in the USA is one of the most powerful. Interesting that it is not in Canada.

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