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Pharmacist-led minor ailment programs: a Canadian perspective

Authors Taylor J, Joubert R

Received 18 May 2016

Accepted for publication 11 June 2016

Published 10 August 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 291—302


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Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Jeff Gordon Taylor,1 Ray Joubert,2

1College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 2Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals, Regina, SK, Canada

Abstract: Pharmacists have a long history of helping Canadians with minor ailments. This often has involved management with over-the-counter medications. If pharmacists felt that the best care required something more robust, they would refer the patient to a physician. In hopes of improving the care of such ailments, Canadian provinces have granted pharmacists the option of selecting medications traditionally under physician control. This review examines the Canadian perspective on pharmacists prescribing for minor ailments and the evidence of value for these programs. It might provide guidance for other jurisdictions contemplating such a move.

Keywords: minor ailments, pharmacist prescribing, Canada, over-the-counter medications

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