Ontario proposes letting pharmacists prescribe flu meds, give RSV vaccines – CBC

Health ministry seeking pharmacist feedback on draft regulations

Sep 14, 2023

Ontario is planning to allow pharmacists to prescribe flu medication, administer flu shots to babies and administer RSV vaccines, when available, ahead of an expected fall viral surge.

The Ministry of Health is asking for feedback on new draft regulations from the Ontario College of Pharmacists, but with a short two-week comment period as the respiratory virus season looms.

“During the 2022-23 fall and winter season, Canadians experienced a surge of respiratory infections due to increased infections of influenza, RSV and COVID-19, which resulted in higher than usual hospitalizations, intensive care unit admissions and deaths compared to previous seasons,” the college writes in a document posted on the province’s regulatory registry.

“Based on insight from multiple health system and pharmacy partners, the 2023-24 fall and winter season may experience a similar surge of influenza, RSV and COVID-19 as community-based public health measures, such as masking, have relaxed.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/pharmacists-flu-meds-rsv-vaccine-ontario-1.6966361

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