TORONTO, March 12, 2014 /CNW/ - March is Pharmacist Awareness Month,
making it the perfect time to recognize the expanding role of Ontario
pharmacists and celebrate the pharmacist's role as a valuable
healthcare provider. This year's theme, The Pharmacist Is In, is about raising awareness around the full range of services
pharmacists are qualified to provide. In Ontario, pharmacists can
provide services ranging from medication management to flu
"Ontario pharmacists can help Ontarians more than the public realizes,"
said Carlo Berardi, Chair of the Board at the Ontario Pharmacists
Association (OPA). "Pharmacists are on the frontlines of health care
and offer a variety of convenient and accessible services for their
patients ‒ up to 24 hours a day with no appointment. During Pharmacist
Awareness Month, we celebrate the pharmacist's integral role in a
patient's healthcare journey."
To help raise awareness about some of the many ways pharmacists can
help, OPA has launched a series of short videos on its YouTube channel.
The channel also features video interviews with Ontarians about their
understanding and use of pharmacy services. To view the videos, visit
the OPA YouTube channel.
Finding More Value in Pharmacists' Evolving Role
The evolving role of the pharmacist brings many benefits, including
improved disease and drug therapy management, patient satisfaction, and
improved quality of life. However, according to a 2013 Ipsos Reid
survey conducted on behalf of OPA, only 53 per cent of Ontarians are
aware that pharmacists do more than dispense medication.
During Pharmacist Awareness Month, people can learn about the Top Five Reasons to See a Pharmacist. Services Ontarians may not know their pharmacist can provide include:
A MedsCheck medication review, at no charge, for patients who are on three or more chronic
medications, or those who have diabetes, or who are residents of a
long-term care home, or who are homebound and unable to get in to their
pharmacy for a consultation.
Flu shots and consulting on and demonstrating the administration of other
injectables such as insulin and vitamin B12 injections.
Smoking cessation counselling and prescribing medications to support patients who want to quit
Adapting and renewing prescriptions (when appropriate) to help ensure patients stay on track with their
medications and get the most benefit possible from their prescriptions.
Helping patients meet their health and wellness goals by providing support, information, and education about chronic conditions (like high blood pressure or diabetes) and
Together, patients, caregivers, pharmacists, and other healthcare
providers can work towards the best possible health outcomes. Ontarians
are encouraged to get to know their pharmacist during Pharmacist
Awareness Month, and learn more about what their pharmacist can do for
Pharmacists, whether in a community pharmacy, family health team,
long-term care or hospital setting are important members of the
healthcare team. They are the most accessible of all healthcare
providers and can provide their services and consultations without the
need of an appointment.
"Using pharmacists to their full potential increases health system
efficiency and reduces healthcare costs," said Berardi. "Raising
awareness about all of the services pharmacists provide will not only
result in better health for Ontarians, but also better sustainability
for our healthcare system."
About Ontario Pharmacists Association
The Ontario Pharmacists Association is committed to evolving the
pharmacy profession, and advocating for excellence in practice and
optimum health care for all Ontario patients. As the largest advocacy
organization, and continuing education and drug information provider
for pharmacy professionals in Canada, the association represents more
than 14,500 pharmacists, pharmacy students, and pharmacy technicians
across Ontario. By leveraging the unique expertise of pharmacy
professionals, by enabling them to practice to their fullest potential,
and by making them more accessible to all Ontarians, OPA and its more
than 8,200 members are working to improve the efficiency and
effectiveness of the province's healthcare system.
SOURCE: Ontario Pharmacists Association
For further information:
Manager, Communications and Membership
Ontario Pharmacists Association
416-441-0788 x 4236
GCI Group (Canada)