ONTARIO PHARMACISTS SHOULD PRESCRIBE MEDICATIONS NOW: OPA PRESIDENT JUSTIN BATES

Aug 08, 2022

By Jane Brown

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There is a push by Ontario pharmacists to move up a plan to allow them to assess and prescribe medication for minor ailments.

January 1st 2023 marks the date for this change to take place, but given the current healthcare crisis in hospitals members are said to be ready and willing to help now.

“We can’t afford to not move quickly because we have an overburdened healthcare system, so when we think about prescribing authority, paxlovid would be a perfect example of where we would have a turnkey solution all in one location, minimize community spread (of COVID-19) exposure by having pharmacists prescribe anti-virals,” explained Ontario Pharmacists Association President Justin Bates.

Bates also says pharmacists have the education and expertise and should be practicing to the maximum of their scope.

Justin Bates will have more to say about this proposal on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer Monday after the noon news.

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