Ontario pharmacists ready to provide additional safe, accessible services to patients in collaboration with other health professionals
TORONTO, Sept. 23 /Canada NewsWire/ - Ontario pharmacists are ready, willing and able
to provide expanded safe and accessible health services to patients, working as part
of the overall health team that Ontarians need to manage the many aspects of comprehensive health care.
This was the response today by the Ontario Pharmacists' Association (OPA) following
the Ontario Medical Association's launch of a media and advertising campaign claiming
patient safety would be endangered if pharmacists and other healthcare professionals
are given greater scope to help patients, as proposed by the Ontario government's
"It's unfortunate the OMA has taken this approach in presenting its opposition to
Bill 179," said Dennis Darby, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Pharmacists'
Association. "Pharmacists know they can and should do more to provide much-needed
services to patients in this era of increasing health needs and scarce resources, and
that pharmacists, doctors and others need to work in partnership to maintain and
improve the health of Ontarians."
Like doctors, pharmacists are highly trained and regulated healthcare professionals
with clear standards of practice designed to protect patient safety. While physicians
are the experts in diagnosis, pharmacists are experts in medication and medication
management. They have an in-depth knowledge of hundreds of prescription and non
prescription medications and are trained to assess, monitor, support and educate
patients on their medication therapy.