Ontario Pharmacists Association says ability to prescribe birth control should be next
TORONTO - Pharmacists in Ontario can now diagnose and treat 19 common ailments but they still can't prescribe birth control or emergency contraception.
Ontario Pharmacists Association CEO Justin Bates says the ability to prescribe those medications is necessary to address women's health concerns.
He says he hopes pharmacists in Ontario will be able to prescribe birth control and emergency contraception by next year.
Birth control and emergency contraception are on a new list of proposed prescribing powers for 17 additional conditions the Ontario College of Pharmacists is recommending to the Ministry of Health.
Bates' comments come after the province on Sunday announced the expansion of pharmacists' prescribing powers to include medication for acne, canker sores, diaper rash, yeast infections, parasitic worms and nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
Those six conditions are in addition to 13 common ailments Ontario pharmacists were already allowed to prescribe treatment for, including pink eye, menstrual cramps and urinary tract infections.