Health-care services provided by your pharmacist
Your pharmacist is a valuable member of your healthcare team. Working with you, your doctor, nurse and the other health professionals you may see, your pharmacist can help ensure the best decisions are made to keep you well and improve your health when needed.On January 1st, 2014, a new Pharmaceutical Act was introduced in Manitoba that permits pharmacists to provide you with easy access to even more healthcare services. For more information on the announcement, please see the College's Orientation to the New Practice Framework Manual that provides more information and clarification on the new legislation.
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Some of the additional healthcare services that your pharmacist can provide you with right now include:
- Prescribe non-prescription or over-the-counter medications and medical devices such as diabetic supplies and metered-dose inhaler-spacer devices
Consulting with your pharmacist when you require a non-prescription medication helps you to select the best medication for you. It also helps to avoid harmful effects caused by drug interactions with your medication therapy or worsening of your medical conditions. In those situations where you may need to have a non-prescription medication or medical device prescribed for you, your pharmacist can now provide this service.
- Issue a continued care prescription
A continued care prescription may be issued by your pharmacist when your usual prescriber is unavailable and it is a medication that you need to take on a regular basis to treat a chronic condition like diabetes or high blood pressure. Working with your usual prescriber, the pharmacist can provide you with needed medication to avoid an interruption in your treatment. Continued care prescriptions however, cannot be issued for narcotic and other controlled drugs.
- Adapt a prescription
Working with you and your prescriber, your pharmacist can adapt a prescription by altering the dose, formulation or regimen of the drug prescribed to more closely meet your individual needs.
- Interpret patient administered automated tests
Your pharmacist can help you interpret the results you receive when you perform a self-test such as a blood glucose test or cholesterol test.
- Provide you with a particular brand of the medication you use
In some cases, a drug is available from several different pharmaceutical manufacturers. If you or your prescriber have a preference for a particular brand of the drug, your pharmacist can provide you with that brand. In this case, the pharmacist will order a "no substitution" of the medication you or prescriber prefer. It is important to know that your preferred brand of the drug may not be one that is covered by your drug plan.
- Administer a drug by injection*
Pharmacists who complete additional training and receive authorization from the College are able to provide injections of drugs such as vaccines. Phone your pharmacy today to find out if their pharmacists are administering flu shots to their patients and if you need to book an appointment.
- Prescribe medications for self-limiting conditions *
Pharmacists who complete additional training and receive authorization from the College are able to prescribe medications for you at the community pharmacy to treat certain self-limiting conditions or minor ailments. Examples of these self-limiting conditions include dermatitis, acne and for smoking cessation.
- Prescribe medications within a collaborative practice (Extended Practice Pharmacist)*
Pharmacists authorized by the College who have advanced training and work in a collaborative practice with other health care providers (such as physicians and nurse practitioners) are able to prescribe and manage your medication therapy within the scope of their practice. For example, a pharmacist with specialized training in diabetes management working in a diabetic clinic with a nurse practitioner may be able to prescribe and monitor the medications you receive to manage your diabetes.
* The Pharmacist Directory lists all pharmacists and their additional authorizations
Over the coming weeks as the new legislation is fully implemented and systems are in place to support the provision of additional healthcare services, pharmacists will be able to:
- Order lab tests for you
It is important in many cases for pharmacists to monitor how well your medication is working by knowing the results of certain lab tests. Soon pharmacists at your community pharmacy will be able to order these lab tests, and in collaboration with your prescriber, help you get the most benefit from your medication therapy.
Talk with your pharmacist today about how you can benefit from the additional healthcare services they can provide.
Should you have questions about the additional healthcare services being provided by pharmacists, contact the College office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204.233.1411.