College of Pharmacists of BC supports Government's Expansion of Scope for Pharmacists



    VANCOUVER, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - The College of Pharmacists of BC is confident
that pharmacists have the knowledge, skills and abilities to safely and
effectively provide prescription adaptations, including renewals, for their
patients throughout BC. This expanded scope of practice, which takes effect on
January 1, 2009, was formalized by the provincial government in Bill 25 -
Health Professions (Regulatory Reform) Act (April 2008).
    "Pharmacists, as vital members of the healthcare team, have the
knowledge, skills and abilities to play a greater role in the healthcare
system. We believe that the authority that has been granted to pharmacists is
a positive step towards a more sustainable healthcare system and better health
outcomes for British Columbians," says Marshall Moleschi, Registrar College of
Pharmacists of BC.
    The College's role is to protect the public by ensuring that pharmacists
deliver safe and effective pharmacy care. To this end, College Council
approved a Professional Practice Policy which clearly lays out the parameters
to which a pharmacist must adhere in order to optimize patient care when
adapting a prescription.
    Although pharmacists will now have the authority to adapt a prescription,
it is important for the public to understand that each patient case must be
assessed independently. A pharmacist's decision will be based on determining
if they are confident that they have sufficient information about the patient
and their therapy. The College encourages patients to get to know their
pharmacist - the more they know, the more they can help.

    About Us:

    The College of Pharmacists of BC is the regulatory body for pharmacy in
British Columbia and is responsible for registering pharmacists and licensing
pharmacies throughout the province. The College's mandate is to protect the
public by ensuring pharmacists provide safe and effective pharmacy care to
help people achieve better health.





For further information:

For further information: Lori DeCou, Director of Communications, College
of Pharmacists of BC, (604) 676-4204, lori.decou@bcpharmacists.org

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