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The Pharmacist Is In!

Published Online: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
A recent story in the Edmonton Journal stated that beginning this coming July, patients will be able to get their asthma inhalers, birth control pills, and blood pressure medication refilled by their pharmacists, who will be paid $20 for this role. This is a cost-saving measure because doctors are currently paid $35 for the same function in the Alberta health system.
Could this also suggest that this particular local government in Canada is recognizing the pharmacist as a key health team member drug expert and is comfortable giving them an expanded role? I think this new responsibility will be good for both patients and pharmacy and should be seriously considered for here in the United States. It certainly moves us from focusing on having the right pills in the bottle to making sure the drug is needed and is being used properly.
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times
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This blog focuses on what our Editor-in-Chief sees as the future of pharmacy.
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Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, is the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Eckel is a professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as executive director of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

In this blog, Eckel will provide commentary on relevant issues impacting pharmacists and pharmacy professionals, including the merging of pharmacy benefit managers, the implications of health care reform, the conversion of major drugs from prescription to over-the-counter, trends in pharmacy careers, and opioid abuse. He will also discuss legislative issues that impact pharmacists, and comment on the evolving role of the pharmacist.
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