RxA celebrates April 1 prescribing authority milestone

    EDMONTON, March 30 /CNW/ - The Alberta Pharmacists' Association (RxA) is
looking forward to this Sunday when Alberta makes history by giving
pharmacists the legal authority to prescribe some medications and administer
drugs by injection.
    As of April 1, 2007, Alberta pharmacists will be able to prescribe some
drug treatments, continue prescriptions made by other health practitioners and
administer injectable drug treatments, such as vaccines. Overall, Alberta
residents will have better access to drug treatments, particularly more basic
prescriptions or in instances where prescriptions need to be extended.
    "This Sunday will mark a historic milestone for Alberta pharmacists who
now have an unparalleled opportunity to expand their scope of practice to
benefit Albertans and the health care system as a whole," said Cameron
Johnston, acting CEO for RxA.
    Within the new prescribing authority, Alberta pharmacists may choose
which expanded services they add to their practice - such as prescribing
medication or administering drugs by injection. As of April 1, pharmacy
services will continue to vary from pharmacist to pharmacist as has always
been the case. Pharmacy clients are encouraged to talk to their pharmacists
about what services are available in that pharmacy.
    "Sunday will also mark the beginning of a transition period for
pharmacists and their clients as they gradually begin to expand services on an
individual basis and according to their own individual preferences. It's
important that the public is aware of this transition period and that they
talk to pharmacists about what services will be available," added Johnston.

    RxA was launched in 2000 as the professional advocacy body and voice for
Alberta pharmacists. Representing more than 2,400 pharmacists throughout the
province, RxA's mission is, through leadership and advocacy, to promote and
support the value of pharmacists as primary health care providers.

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For further information: Media Contacts: Michele Penz, RxA Media
Relations, (778) 888-2249

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