The legislation authorizing an expanded role for Quebec pharmacists was set to take effect on Sept. 3.
In a statement released this afternoon, Health Minister Réjean Hébert said postponing that date will give negotiators for the government and the pharmacists time to reach an agreement satisfactory to all parties "respecting the government's capacity to pay."
The new services include extending and adjusting prescriptions, prescribing medication for mild conditions when the diagnosis is known and several other measures.
"The addition of these new acts remains a way to ensure better access to frontline health care," Hébert said in a statement. "I would have preferred to have them in place by Sept. 3, as planned, however a postponement can't be avoided under the circumstances."
Hébert said the decision will have no impact on services such as tests already offered by pharmacists.