Published October 9, 2012 | 11:41 am
Toronto: Ontario patients no longer have to wait a week to book an appointment with their physician to get prescribed their medications – pharmacists now have the authority to do this and other medical duties, such as getting prescription renewed and administering flu shots.
Under new guidelines issued recently, Ontarians can now receive more health services directly from pharmacists including the publicly funded flu shot and getting their prescriptions renewed.
Premier Dalton McGuinty announced the additional services pharmacists can deliver today 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 and monitor their condition.