New One-year Agreement
Mon, Oct 29, 2018
“Pharmacists play an important role in providing better access to appropriate patient care and improving the patient experience,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said. “This agreement recognizes that we value pharmacists’ significant contributions to the Saskatchewan health system.”
As of October 22, pharmacists are being funded to give flu shots to children ages five to eight as well as to people living in settings such as personal care homes and assisted living apartments. Previously under the province’s publicly- funded influenza vaccination program, pharmacists gave flu shots to people aged nine and older at pharmacies only.
Other highlights of the new agreement that takes effect November 1, include:
- Expanding the ministry’s Minor Ailment Program to include pharmacist prescribing for 10 new minor ailments and self-care conditions. These include uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women, hormonal contraceptives, emergency contraceptives, conjunctivitis (pink eye), shingles, onychomycosis (fungal nail infection), influenza, obesity, erectile dysfunction, and smoking cessation. With this agreement, pharmacists will now be compensated for prescribing for a total of 25 minor ailments and self-care conditions.
- Establishing a new Injection Administration Fee Program that will compensate pharmacists for providing injections of a long-acting birth control medication.
- A 20-cent increase in the prescription dispensing fee to $11.60.
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