The Future of Pharmacy is Now: A Canadian Perspective

Authors

  • Jonathan Chan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.55136/apsj3111

Keywords:

Canada, Pharmacy, primary care, scope of practice, prescribing, opinion, piece

Abstract

Pharmacists play a big role in the healthcare system and continue to do more for patients with the expansion of scope of practice. In Canada, with the current shortage of family physicians and long emergency room wait times, pharmacists have played a critical role as primary care providers.1 In the province of Alberta in Canada, pharmacists have the ability to prescribe medications, order laboratory tests, provide injections, and adapt and extend prescriptions. This has helped with providing timely access to healthcare.

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01.03.2024

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