Madam Speaker, I’m pleased to rise in the house today and announce that under the Provincial Pharmacare Program, eligible Islanders can now receive a Medication Review from local pharmacists at no cost.
A Medication Review ensures your medication routine is safe, simple and correct for you.
The Medication Review is a one-on-one 20 to 30 minute appointment with a pharmacist to look at the patient’s medications and help them to better understand their therapy and ensure that they are taken as prescribed.
While in many cases it is appropriate for people to be taking all the medications they are on, it is important for Islanders, especially our seniors, to manage the associated risks and understand what each medication treats and how they can interact.
During the Medication Review a pharmacist will gather information from the patient to find out how well their medications are working and if they are having any side effects. If any problems are found, the pharmacist will make suggestions on how to solve them. With the patient’s consent, the pharmacist will contact their doctor if needed.
The program is designed for Islanders at greatest risk of medication complications, including those who are taking three or more chronic prescription medications and are participants in the provincial Seniors’ Drug Cost Assistance program, the Financial Assistance Program or the Private Nursing Home Program
According to CIHI, one in 200 seniors was hospitalized in Canada in 2010 because of an adverse drug reaction…compared with 1 in 1,000 for all other Canadians.
Medication Reviews, for patients with high risks and complex needs has been become standard procedure across the province, and are available in almost every province across the country.
PEI is also offering a Diabetes Medication Review for patients taking at least one prescription medication covered under Pharmacare for diabetes and enrolled in the Diabetes Program, the Financial Assistance Program or the Private Nursing Home Program.
This new initiative will in no way change a patient’s relationship with their family doctor – who is their primary care giver. It will however, allow patients to further utilize the skills of our highly trained pharmacists, who specialize in medications.
In closing, I wish to recognize Erin MacKenzie, Executive Director of the PEI Pharmacists Association, who is with us in the gallery today. Erin has played a vital role in the work done to date to expand pharmacy services to provide better access to health care for Islanders. Thank you for being here today Erin.
This new program should help to improve patient health outcomes, and reduce potential risks associated with taking multiple medications.