Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rx on the Way: Alberta Pharmacists Able to Renew Prescriptions Starting July 1: Alberta Pharmacies to Renew Prescriptions

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rx on the Way: Alberta Pharmacists Able to Renew Prescriptions Starting July 1: Alberta Pharmacies to Renew Prescriptions

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EDMONTON - Albertans will soon be able to get their prescriptions renewed at a pharmacy without having to go see a doctor first, the province announced Monday.

Health Minister Fred Horne says the changes will kick in July 1 at the 1,013-plus pharmacies provincewide.

"This announcement is the future of pharmacy services in Alberta," Horne said at a news conference at the University of Alberta Hospital.

"It's an important step because it's focused on making primary health care more convenient and more accessible for Albertans."

Horne said the change will free up time for physicians to handle more complex cases.

Pharmacists will renew and modify prescriptions in consultation with physicians. The province will reimburse the pharmacies for the extra work. There is $20 million set aside in the 2012-13 budget year for it.

Patients who still want to see a doctor to get the prescription renewed can do so.

The changes and other program improvements will be paid for through an expected $85 million in savings starting July 1, when the province reduces how much it pays for generic drugs.

The savings will be passed on to consumers. …

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