Through their expanded scope of practice, pharmacists in Alberta can assess patients and prescribe medications for minor illnesses and injuries, administer vaccines and other medications by injection, support chronic disease management and order and receive lab results.
“The issues plaguing the Canadian healthcare system are complex and require innovation and collaboration. We believe pharmacists can play a vital role in a collective solution,” continued Leger. “Optimizing the role of the pharmacist unlocks the potential of tens of thousands of highly trained healthcare professionals across the country. And by making certain services available from a pharmacist or in a pharmacist clinic setting, we can help address some of the gaps that have emerged in primary healthcare systems, providing patients with more options and ultimately better outcomes.”
By making healthcare more accessible, pharmacist-led health clinics are one way Loblaw fulfills its purpose: Helping Canadians live life well. The clinics are part of the company’s national network of healthcare professionals and infrastructure, offering a range of in-store and virtual health services to millions of Canadians each week.