January 21, 2014 – Manitobans will soon be able to receive a broader range of health care services from their pharmacists.
The new 'Pharmaceutical Act' and regulation, which comes into effect in the next few months, will modernize and expand the scope of pharmacists' practice in Manitoba. Pharmacists who undergo training will have the authority to:
- prescribe and administer certain drugs under limited conditions to meet the needs of patients, i.e. acne, athlete's foot and smoking cessation as well as administer publicly funded vaccines including influenza, pneumococcal, pertussis and the human papillomavirus (HPV) to people sevens years of age and over,
- issue short-term refill prescriptions for patients with chronic conditions until the patient can see their primary care provider, and
- prescribe and demonstrate how to use medical devices such as inhalers used to control asthma.
"Pharmacists are among the most accessible health-care professionals for Manitobans," said Erin Selby, Minister of Health.
"Legislative changes and new practice guidelines will allow them to play a greater role in supporting the health and well being of people in our communities while improving accountability and enhancing patient safety."
Under the act, the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association will become the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba and to enhance patient safety the college will establish practice guidelines for members and training requirements for pharmacists.
"While the new Pharmacy Act was passed in 2006, the province of Manitoba is unique in that a majority of the licensed pharmacists must approve and vote on the regulatory changes, it is not the provincial regulatory body that has the authority to approve the regulations. A vote for the final version of the new regulations will take place once the regulations have been translated into French." Excerpt from the Blueprint Pharmacy.
For more information visit Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association’s website.