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As regulated healthcare professionals, pharmacists are committed to the provision of high‐quality, patient‐centred care. Assessment of patients, management of their medications, and monitoring of care are core elements of pharmacists’ practice. The authorization to prescribe is a tool that enables pharmacists to perform these activities optimally.
Prescribing by Pharmacists: Statement
Historically, patients have relied on physicians and dentists to prescribe medications, order laboratory tests, and conduct or supervise procedures consistent with the patients’ diagnoses. More recently, prescribing privileges in Canada have been extended to other healthcare professionals, such as nurse practitioners, nurses with an expanded scope of practice, clinical nurse specialists, registered midwives, dieticians, podiatrists, optometrists, and, in many jurisdictions, pharmacists. The impetus for these advanced professional roles is to improve patients’ access to care, by optimizing the roles of healthcare providers.
CMA President Response to CSHP November 30, 2007
CSHP Letter to CMA President October 2, 2007
CSHP Letter to the Editor, Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) September 5, 2007
CSHP in Print August 28-31, 2007
CSHP Letters to the Globe and Mail, the Leader-Post (Regina), The Chronicle Herald (Halifax), The Vancouver Sun, and the Toronto Star August 27, 2007
CMAJ Article: Kondro W. Canada's doctors assail pharmacist prescribing August 22, 2007