Pharmacists worry Quebec’s Bill 31 will lead to overwork, health problems

Pharmacists worry Quebec’s Bill 31 will lead to overwork, health problems

Pharmacists worry Quebec’s Bill 31 will lead to overwork, health problems

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Presse Canadienne

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Jul 21, 2020  •   •  1 minute read

Unsorted prescription pills sit in a pharmacist's counting tray before they are bottled.
Unsorted prescription pills sit in a pharmacist’s counting tray before they are bottled. Darwin Brandis / Getty Images/iStockphoto

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An association of Quebec staff pharmacists is worried their workloads will further increase and their health possibly jeopardized once a provincial bill broadening their responsibilities goes into effect.

Bill 31, adopted last May by the National Assembly, allows pharmacists to prolong prescriptions, administer vaccines and prescribe certain medications. They can also assess the mental and physical health of a client to ensure the medications are used properly.

The Association professionnelle des pharmaciens salariés du Québec (APPSQ) notes that Bill 31 will increase front-line access to health services. But association president Karina Savoie adds that the legislation will further increase pressure on staff pharmacists, 75 per cent of whom said their workload was affecting their health even before the extra responsibilities were announced.

The association wants to examine the workload borne by their members, including administrative backlogs, roles and responsibilities within the processing of prescriptions and workforce organization.

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