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Exploring Models for Pharmacist Prescribing in Primary and Community Care Settings in Ontario

The province of Ontario took some initial steps in expanding the scope of practice of pharmacists in 2009. The Regulated Health Professions Statute Law Amendment Act (Bill 179), which came into effect in October 2012, expanded the scope of practice of pharmacists and granted prescriptive authority for certain drugs under select conditions. This authority includes adapting dose, regimen, route or formulation of prescriptions; renewing therapy for patients with chronic and stable conditions; initiating therapy for smoking cessation; and administering influenza vaccination for those who are five years of age or older. With a recently elected majority government that has already signaled its intent to introduce nurse prescribing, it appears timely to explore whether the implementation of a new pharmacist-prescribing model could further contribute to achieving the province’s key health-system goals.
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