Your pharmacist is offering even more services
The Quebec government expanded the role of pharmacists with the amendments to Bill 41.
Pharmacists will now be able to perform even more medical services including:
- Assess your physical or mental condition to ensure proper use of medication
- Take throat swab samples (for example, following a doctor’s prescription to confirm a streptococcal infection)
- Prescribe over-the-counter medication if warranted by the clinical situation or other circumstances
- Prescribe and administer vaccines (mandatory training is required)
- Administer medication in an emergency situation (for example, epinephrine to someone having an anaphylactic reaction)
- Prescribe salbutamol in case of respiratory failure (for example, severe asthma attack)
Your pharmacist must receive training in order to provide some of these new services. Therefore, they will not be immediately allowed to perform every one of them.
This increased autonomy in the services offered by pharmacists is therefore added to the possibility of renewing prescriptions for their patients.
The goal behind these new measures is to alleviate the pressure on the healthcare system and provide easier access to healthcare.
That means instead of heading to the ER or making an appointment with your family doctor, visiting a pharmacy is now an option to consider when it comes to minor health issue.