Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Doctors at national meeting oppose pharmacists prescribing medication

Here's a similar article as below, but this one has some additional information.

From CBC News:
The majority of doctors attending a convention of the Canadian Medical Association have voted against allowing pharmacists to prescribe medication when they're part of a team caring for patients.

Fifty-six per cent of the 268 delegates at Tuesday's meeting opposed a motion by their national lobby group to let pharmacists have an expanded role within collaborative care teams.

Doctors said they should lead such teams and prescribe medication because they're adequately trained to take a patient's medical history, do a physical exam, order and interpret tests and come up with a diagnosis.

The Canadian Pharmacists Association says an expanded role for pharmacists is an international trend that includes an effective use of health professionals. ...more

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