TORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Asthma Society of Canada is endorsing
the Asthma Consultation Program proposed by British Columbia's
pharmacists. The endorsement is timed to coincide with World Asthma Day
on May 7, 2013, the annual event organized to improve asthma awareness
and education around the world.
"We are pleased to endorse and support the implementation of a community
pharmacy-based asthma program in BC," said Asthma Society of Canada
President & CEO, Dr. Robert Oliphant. "This program will have a
positive impact on the health and well-being of 300,000 British
Columbians living with asthma."
The program proposes using pharmacists to provide people living with
asthma with the support they need to effectively manage their
conditions with proper medication use. The proposal was released by the
British Columbia Pharmacy Association on March 12, 2013. Under the
program, pharmacists would provide asthma patients with education,
assessment and monitoring services as well as care plans for their
Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions affecting British
Columbians. As with other provinces, the number of people diagnosed
with asthma in BC has been rising in recent years. The proposed program
would provide this growing number of patients with improved access to
health services and enhanced levels of care.
"BC pharmacists are delighted to have the Asthma Society of Canada's
support for our proposed Asthma Consultation Program," said Geraldine
Vance, CEO of the British Columbia Pharmacy Association. "We believe
implementing an asthma program delivered by community pharmacists can
help BC improve health outcomes for asthma patients, reduce emergency
visits and curb health costs."
It is estimated that asthma costs British Columbia's health care system
at least $41 million annually.
Community pharmacy-based asthma programs, including a study carried out
in BC, have been shown to significantly improve health outcomes and
medication adherence in asthma patients.
"BC pharmacies are ideally suited to deliver this medication service to
people with asthma" added Dr. Oliphant. "Pharmacists already offer
medication review services and this program would build on that service
to provide asthma patients and their caregivers with regular medication
The Asthma Society of Canada represents more than three million
Canadians who suffer from asthma and is focused on providing a balanced
voice for asthma in Canada, advancing optimal self-management,
prevention, research and health care.
SOURCE: Asthma Society of Canada
For further information:
Asthma Society of Canada
British Columbia Pharmacy Association