Nova Scotia pharmacists to order lab
Amendments announced to the Pharmacy Act at the end of March will lead
to an expanded role for pharmacists in Nova Scotia. The changes will
enable pharmacists to order and interpret lab tests to monitor drug
“Allowing pharmacists to order and interpret certain diagnostic tests
will enable a patient’s medication to be adjusted without having them
return to their doctor,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald
“This is good for patients and creates efficiencies in the health care
system,” said Ms. MacDonald.
The amendments will also authorize pharmacists to administer drugs,
“One of the key ways to improve vaccine coverage rates, especially in
adults, is to increase the number and type of healthcare professionals
who can safely provide vaccines,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s
chief public health officer.
The amendments will enable community pharmacies to act as possible
locations for vaccine clinics, if a mass immunization was required.
Once the amendments are passed, regulations will be developed. The Nova
Scotia College of Pharmacists will work on these regulations in
Government, as well as doctors, nurses and dentists.
“The proposed amendments will allow pharmacists to more completely use
their training and skills to benefit the public,” said Susan Wedlake,
registrar of the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists.
The proposed amendments, which are supported by the Pharmacy Association
of Nova Scotia, also update the registration/licensing provisions of the
current legislation to satisfy requirements of Nova Scotia’s Fair
Registration Practices Act.
Posted April 8, 2010