March is Pharmacist Awareness Month (PAM) in Canada, a month-long period to celebrate the pharmacist profession and raise awareness about the contributions that pharmacists make in the delivery of health care.
This year the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is celebrating the changing role of pharmacists with the theme: Pharmacists: Doing more. For you.
“Pharmacists across Canada have had a widely expanded scope of practice in the past ten years,” said Alistair Bursey, Chair, Canadian Pharmacists Association. “By offering new services, such as renewing prescriptions, administering vaccinations, medication management and prescribing for minor ailments and conditions, Canada’s pharmacists are doing more for their patients than ever before.”
Pharmacist Awareness Month provides a key opportunity to inform and educate patients and Canadians about the significant advances in pharmacy services that are improving patient-centred care and health outcomes. It’s also an opportunity to highlight the essential role that pharmacists play in our health care system.
In addition to some exciting PAM activities planned from the Canadian Pharmacists Association, other provincial pharmacy associations across Canada, individual pharmacists and pharmacy students, CPhA will be releasing new reports and studies throughout March highlighting the vital role of pharmacists in our health care system and in the lives of Canadians.
For more information about Pharmacist Awareness Month and for ideas and resources to help you get involved, visit www.pharmacists.ca/pam. Join the conversation on social media with #PAM2017.
- Pharmacists are the most accessible health care professionals in Canada, dispensing and providing advice on 600 million prescriptions a year.
- There more than 42,000 pharmacists working in over 10,000 pharmacies across Canada.
- Pharmacists consistently rank as one of the most trusted professions by Canadians.
- While pharmacists’ scope of practice varies by province, many pharmacists now provide convenient access to vaccinations, offer smoking cessation programs and support, prescribe for minor ailments and conditions, order and interpret lab tests and offer chronic disease management services.