Expanded Scope of Practice for Pharmacists in Ontario

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Expanded Role for Pharmacists in Ontario

On October 9, 2012, the Ontario government announced an expanded scope of practice for pharmacists in the province.  Major changes include renewing prescriptions for up to six months, the ability to adapt prescriptions to ensure that patients are receiving the most appropriate dose and dosage form, prescribing products for smoking cessation, performing procedures such as finger pricks to allow for chronic disease monitoring and administration of influenza vaccine.   These changes take advantage of the advanced training of pharmacists as medication therapy experts and the accessibility of pharmacists as health care providers in the community.

The School of Pharmacy at University of Waterloo provides an undergraduate pharmacy program that prepares our students to fulfill all of these functions and more.   Extensive coursework supplemented with 16 months of co-op experiences spread throughout the four year curriculum ensures that graduates of the uWaterloo School of Pharmacy are ready to serve the medication needs of the citizens of Ontario.

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