Thursday, December 04, 2008

Drugs, drugs, drugs

From the Kawartha Lakes (Ont.) This Week:
As a third generation pharmacist, Marc Scanlon has seen the profession evolve since his grandfather's time.

In 1925 when Mr. Scanlon's grandfather began his career, pharmacists were not even allowed to print the names of the drugs on the prescriptions' labels, he says. But things have changed and they continue to change.

In a report to the Minister of Health and Long-term Care released in September, the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council is recommending expanding the power of pharmacists to include some services that normally require a doctor.

"In this upcoming holiday season I will probably see people every day in my pharmacy who need medication that they need to see a doctor for, and their doctor is away," says Mr. Scanlon of the Clinic Pharmacy--Pharmasave in the Peterborough Clinic. ...more

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