Did you know that pharmacists' scope of practice is continuing to expand and new services are being offered? Pharmacists can now provide even more professional services to help patients.
- Typhoid fevervaccines
- Combined typhoid fever and hepatitis A vaccines
- Hepatitis A vaccines
- Hepatitis B vaccines
- Hepatitis A and B combined vaccines
- Japanese encephalitis vaccines
- Yellow fever vaccines
- Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccines (for tuberculosis)
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccines
- Meningococcal vaccines
- Pneumococcal vaccines
- Herpes zoster (shingles) vaccines
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines
- Rabies vaccines
- Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccines
Pharmacists are also trained to administer other injections or inhalation devices for education and demonstration. If you have diabetes or asthma, for example, the pharmacist can teach how to self-administer your medication safely and effectively.
In order to administer injections in Ontario pharmacists are required to complete an injection training course, maintain valid CPR and First Aid training and be registered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists. To see if your pharmacist is trained to administer injections, visit www.ocpinfo.com.
Other professional services that your pharmacists may offer include: initiation of prescription therapies for smoking cessation, renewing your prescriptions, or adapting your prescription to make it the most appropriate for you. Talk to your pharmacist for more information on the services they provide.
Pharmacist awareness month is a great opportunity for you to learn more about how pharmacists can play a role in your health.