Wednesday, June 13, 2007

N.B. pharmacists could gain right to prescribe at counter

From CBC News:
Pharmacists in New Brunswick could soon be allowed to prescribe some medications without authorization from a doctor.

Last week Health Minister Mike Murphy indicated pharmacists could be given more professional responsibility, including the power to prescribe certain drugs.

Pharmacists at their annual meeting in Saint John over the weekend were excited about the possibility of additional powers to meet the health needs of their customers.

Saint John pharmacist Janet MacDonnell said it would make everyone's life easier if pharmacists could prescribe certain drugs. Some simple cases, such as insect bites requiring a prescribed ointment, could easily be handled at her counter. ...more

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