CLOSER COLLABORATION BETWEEN PHYSICIANS AND PHARMACISTS: The Québec Medical Association supports Bill 41

Montréal, November 16, 2011 – The Québec Medical Association (QMA) welcomed the introduction of Bill 41 that will favour extending the responsibilities of pharmacists.

Québec physicians already voiced their opinions on this matter in a provincial QMA survey whose results were released in August 2011 (summary of the results): http://www.amq.ca/images/stories/amq-en-action/Sondage/Rapport_sondage_site.pdf [In French only]. According to the President of the QMA, Dr. Ruth Vander Stelt, the clear outcome is that “a large majority of Québec physicians are open to extending the responsibilities of pharmacists. However, they feel that these new responsibilities must be carried out under specific conditions and in a clearly defined framework to guarantee the safety of patients. Information sharing had to be at the centre of this collaboration between pharmacists and physicians, with physicians being kept informed of any intentions by pharmacists to extend or adapt a prescription.”

Bill 41, which is part of an agreement in principle between the Collège des médecins du Québec and the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec, two professional associations that have a mission to ensure patient safety, should reassure all physicians in Québec.

According to the QMA’s president, “This Bill reflects the collaboration that already takes place daily between physicians and pharmacists in a context of professionalism and constant concern for the well-being and safety of patients. At the Québec Medical Association, we believe that sharing responsibilities, skills and knowledge will allow for a better response to patient needs by improving access to health care and follow-up.”

The QMA is made up of close to 10,000 general practitioners, specialists, residents and medical students. Its mission is to bring together the members of Québec’s medical community in a context that promotes reflection and action in order to improve the conditions for practising medicine and the health of Québec’s population.

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For an interview with QMA President Dr. Ruth Vander Stelt, contact:

Annabelle Beaudry
Communications Consultant
Québec Medical Association
(514) 866-0660, ext. 242 / 1 800 363-3932
annabelle.beaudry@amq.ca