When health system conditions changed our responsibilities clearly increased.
- Pharmacists have always been and continue to be your medication experts but above and beyond that, they have been authorized to provide an increased number of services:
- Prescribe treatment for over 20 minor ailments.
- Provide vaccinations against the flu and other diseases.
- Deliver a smoking cessation program.
- Provide patients with medication assessments.
- Pharmacies offer delivery, curbside pick-up, ensure patients are safe by following all safety protocols, and continually serve their patients.
The Increased Role of Pharmacists is Being Recognized by Patients
- In a survey commissioned by CPhA and conducted by Abacus Data, nine in 10 Canadians believe pharmacists have stepped up to the challenge of COVID-19 and four out of five Saskatchewan residents view pharmacists as essential health workers.
- Pharmacists are trained to handle many primary care services. Research shows that patients see their pharmacists up to 10 times more than any other healthcare provider.
- This province-wide network of pharmacies (see map below) makes them an ideal close-to-home primary health care provider. In rural areas, the pharmacist is often the only primary health care provider.
We would like that role to be better recognized by our Government
- We have carried on since the end of our last contract in October 2019 while adapting to the increased responsibilities placed on pharmacies.
- It's not fair to expect these many changes, without adjusting our contract in return.
- We even have been continually absorbing significant costs associated with COVID-19. The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada has calculated that between March 16 and June 14 in Saskatchewan, pharmacies experienced an additional cost of $34.1 Million. Pharmacies Response to COVID-19
- Pharmacies seek a new contract that reflects their contribution to community care.
- Letter to the Editor: Pharmacists call on the Province to work together toward a contract that recognizes their role as essential to community health care
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