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Your pharmacist is an important partner in your healthcare journey

(NC) Pharmacists are playing a more integrated role in managing a persons' health. Over the past couple of years, provincial governments have welcomed and embraced the move to expand pharmacists' scope of practice. Fortunately, as many Canadians are now finding out, you can speak with your neighbourhood pharmacist first for healthcare advice on common health issues.

A recent survey by Pfizer Canada, revealed that Canadians trust their pharmacists, and nearly half (43%) know their pharmacist by name. And while not all pharmacy services are available in all provinces, those surveyed did not know, or were unsure of whether or not they could speak with their pharmacist about the following health-related matters:

Smoking cessation options – 48%

Flu shot – 43%

Renewing or extending prescriptions – 30%

Learning the difference between over-the-counter medicine options – 21%

"Pharmacies are the face of neighbourhood health care that can provide quick and convenient access to services for patients,” said Tracey Phillips, Vice President, Pharmacy, Rexall. “Further expanding the scope of practice of pharmacists will not only lessen the burden on physicians and hospitals and help keep patients out of emergency departments, but it will also go a long way to improving patient outcomes."  

Speak with your local pharmacy and introduce yourself to your pharmacist – in the past year, 9 out of 10 Canadians already have – what are you waiting for?

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Source: - Pharmacy in Canada Survey November 2013. Ipsos Reid. Sponsored by Pfizer Canada Inc.

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