Canadian Report Pharmacists Can Help Control Chronic Diseases

Expanding the role of pharmacists is one solution that will reduce the burden of chronic diseases that account for 70% of Canadian deaths, according to the report entitled Sustainable Solutions Report: A Focus on Managing Complex Chronic Diseases, expanding the role of pharmacists is one solution that will reduce the burden of chronic illness on patients, and save the system an estimated $1.4 to $1.9 billion dollars over three years. The report also includes survey data showing support from physicians and patients who want pharmacists to play a bigger role in health care delivery. Additional areas where pharmacist intervention can have both a positive health and economic impact include: treating minor ailments and administering vaccines, ensuring affordable access to key medications, Leveraging the pharmaceutical distribution model, and further preventing adverse drug reactions.
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