Alberta Pharmacists: Prescription Renewals Included In New Expanded Powers

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Pharmacists in Alberta can now renew or alter prescriptions, give injections and authorize medication in a medical emergency. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) | Getty Images

EDMONTON - Pharmacists in Alberta can now renew or alter prescriptions, give injections and authorize medication in a medical emergency.

The expanded powers came into effect Sunday as part of what the government says is its plan to improve primary health care.

Pharmacists will also be allowed to create care plans for patients such as diabetics who may need help understanding how to use their medications.

Health Minister Fred Horne says druggists will be paid for the seven new services they are providing from money the government is saving on generic drugs.

Those costs are dropping 10 per cent, meaning the government will save about $85 million this fiscal year.

Alberta has over 4,300 licensed pharmacists who fill about 33 million prescriptions a year.

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