There’s more Allan Braido wants to do to help his customers.
The community pharmacist at Metro Churchill Plaza was able to start giving flu shots in 2012. Medication reviews began in 2007. Pharmacists check all the medications, vitamins and herbal products a customer takes. Any drug-related problems are referred to the person’s family doctor. Most recently, starting in December, pharmacists could give vaccines for 13 diseases including yellow fever, typhoid, Hepatitis A and B and shingles.
“We could be using our tools for the better,” Braido told The Sault Star. “We have more tools in the bag that we haven’t reached into.”
March is Pharmacist Awareness Month in Ontario. Ontario Pharmacists Association wants approval from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to treat common ailments such as pink eye, athlete’s foot and diaper rash.
“We can do more,” said Braido, a graduate of University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. “Pharmacists are at the front line of the health care (system).”
He can also adapt and renew prescriptions and help patients stop smoking.
Braido’s seen “fantastic response” to pharmacies offering flu shots for the last five years. He estimates “hundreds” have used the service at his Churchill Plaza location. It’s “a lot easier” for his customers to get vaccines prior to travelling.
OPA is working with the health ministry “to find out the best way that the ministry can use pharmacists,” said Braido.
“We’re willing partners and they know that, so they’re going to come and talk to us and see what we can do,” he said. “We’re not looking for a ridiculous…
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