May 19, 2016

By Sarah Cowan

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You may want to consider cancelling that doctors appointment– pharmacists can give you the same advice. Ontario Pharmacist Billy Cheung told Fight Back’s Libby Znaimer that becoming a pharmacist requires far more education and training than ever before:

“It’s phenomenal the amount of education they get from university. Instead of just simply four years of university, your pharmacists are coming out of school now with a minimum of six years of university-level education on drugs and medicine and how they work– and that’s very extensive.”


Cheung says the role of the pharmacists has changed in the past decade– now Ontario is looking to add minor-aliments assessment to these experts’ lists of qualifications. He says several other provinces are already ahead with this practice. Pharmacists in these provinces can now assess minor aliments. He explains chronic-conditions like heart disease should be left in the hands of your doctor– but pharmacists are more than capable of finding solutions for minor health problems like heart burn or allergies.
Pharmacists can help you manage chronic conditions, give you a flu shot, help you quit smoking, explain how to use healthcare aids and devices, and more. So next time you need health advice, consider visiting the counter of your pharmacy instead.
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