The framework for pharmacist prescribing in BC is focused on preventing patient harm by reducing preventable drug-related problems and providing safer transitions in care through increased involvement of pharmacists, as medication experts in the delivery of patient-centred collaborative care. Improving medication management and reducing preventable drug-related hospitalizations protects public safety and will improve patient outcomes.
Reduced risk factors for chronic disease, improved blood glucose, improved blood pressure, improved lipid levels, and reduced risk for major cardiovascular events are all examples of pharmacist prescribing in collaborative relationships preventing harm and improving patient outcomes in recent studies.
Earlier input from patients, pharmacists and other prescribers has been used to develop this new framework for pharmacist prescribing within collaborative practice.
Pharmacist prescribing is proposed to take place through interdisciplinary team-based care where physicians and nurse practitioners would continue to be responsible for the diagnosis, and access to health records and diagnostics, including lab tests, would be facilitated. Certified Pharmacist Prescribers would also be restricted from dispensing medications they prescribed for a patient. The framework also focuses closely on the benefit to patient care and identifies specific opportunities to prevent patient harm and improve patient outcomes.