How Canada’s pharmacists are keeping us healthy
Posted by Medavie Blue Cross on March 11, 2022
In addition to dispensing medications, today’s pharmacists are taking on expanded roles as medical counselors, educators, and health care advocates.
Here are a few quick facts about pharmacy in Canada*:
Maintaining good health involves more than taking prescription medications. Much more. When you step up to the pharmacy counter today, a pharmacist will:
In addition, they may:
Pharmacists may also be responsible for adapting medications, ordering and interpreting lab tests, assessing and prescribing for minor ailments and helping us manage chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes and hypertension.
During the pandemic, Canada’s pharmacy community went to great lengths to be there for Canadians when we needed them most — including evenings and weekends. They answered our questions, relieved our concerns, gave a record number of flu shots, in addition to providing other health care services, while keeping us and their staff safe from the virus.
Now, as key members of Canada’s health care team, pharmacists are getting set to administer the COVID-19 vaccine – the largest public health mobilization of its type in Canadian history.
March is Pharmacy Appreciation Month, an opportunity to celebrate the important work of pharmacy professionals in our health care.
Here are a few ways you can show your appreciation:
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