List increases for conditions that can be treated by pharmacists

Saskatchewan has expanded some of the health conditions for which pharmacists can see patients. 

Pharmacists can now prescribe medications to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and recurrent genital herpes for both men and women. 

“Pharmacists prescribing in specific circumstances provides patients with improved access to health care services,” Health Minister Everett Hindley said in a media release.

Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals registrar Jeana Wendel said it’s a big step in keeping the public safe while easing pressures on the health care system. 

“It’s exciting to see a growing list of minor ailments for which pharmacists can prescribe medications,” she said.

Pharmacists were granted the authority to prescribe for four minor ailments in 2011, and since then that list has grown to 30 conditions.

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