Ontario College of Pharmacists supports government's announcement

    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - The Ontario College of Pharmacists is very
pleased to support the Ontario government's proposed legislation which will
increase the public's access to health care services by expanding the scope of
practice for pharmacists and other health care professionals.
    "We appreciated the opportunity to provide input into the consultative
process undertaken by HPRAC leading to the development of this legislation. We
commend the Ministry for its leadership in recognizing the high level of
education and training that pharmacists possess and the value that they bring
to the health care team," said Tracy Wiersema, President of the College.
"These changes will enable Ontarians to fully benefit from their pharmacist's
expertise in managing and monitoring their medication therapy."
    "The Ontario College of Pharmacists shares the government's commitment
respecting enabling and promoting inter professional collaboration and care
and believes these legislative proposals will be an important factor in moving
inter professional care forward in Ontario," said Wiersema.

    Established in 1871, The Ontario College of Pharmacists licenses and
regulates all Ontario pharmacists and community pharmacies. Pharmacy, as a
self-regulated profession, is one of over 20 health professions in Ontario
regulated by its College, which was established to oversee the profession
under the Regulated Health Professions Act. The College's primary role is to
set and enforce the operational standards for community pharmacies, to ensure
pharmacists continue to provide Ontarians with high quality, ethical
pharmaceutical care.

For further information:

For further information: Sue Rawlinson, Communications Advisor, Ontario
College of Pharmacists, (416) 847-8294

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