New Regulations Expand Pharmacists’ Scope of Practice
Written by Administrator on October 29, 2014
New regulations under the Pharmacy Act, 2012 will expand the scope of practice of pharmacists in Newfoundland and Labrador. The new regulations will allow pharmacists to administer medication by inhalation and injection, including flu vaccines. Further, the Provincial Government is making an important program enhancement by supporting clients of the Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program (NLPDP) in accessing flu shots from their pharmacists free of charge.
The new regulations under the Pharmacy Act, 2012 have been signed by the Minister of Health and Community Services and the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board. Pharmacists will be required to receive training and follow standards developed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board. These standards are intended to ensure pharmacists are properly trained and have the appropriate administrative infrastructure in place to offer a safe and effective service.
In addition to physician offices and public health clinics, clients of the NLPDP will have access to the influenza vaccine free of charge at pharmacies. Pharmacists will also be permitted to provide vaccinations to the general public for a fee determined by the pharmacy. Further details on the availability of the influenza vaccine or other vaccines will be made available by pharmacies.