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Pharmacists Can Now Give Flu Shots, Renew Prescriptions

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Pharmacists Can Now Give Flu Shots, Renew Prescriptions

McGuinty Government Expanding Health Services Closer To Home

Office of the Premier

Ontarians can now receive more health services directly from pharmacists including the publicly funded flu shot and getting their prescriptions renewed.

Premier Dalton McGuinty announced the additional services pharmacists can deliver today at the University of Toronto's Leslie Dan School of Pharmacy.

In addition to giving the flu shot, pharmacists can now also:

  • Renew or adapt existing prescriptions
  • Prescribe medication to help people quit smoking
  • Demonstrate how to use an asthma inhaler or inject insulin
  • Support patients who have a chronic disease, such as diabetes, monitor their condition

Expanding the role of highly trained pharmacists is part of the McGuinty government's Action Plan for Health Care. The plan gives Ontarians better access to family doctors, nurse practitioners and other health care providers, to ensure that health care dollars are spent most efficiently.


Quick Facts

  • This will be the 13th year the flu shot has been offered in Ontario.
  • People (over the age of five) can visit participating local pharmacies starting Oct. 22 where specially trained pharmacists will give them the flu shot as part of Ontario’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program.
  • Expanding pharmacist scope of practice was recommended in the Health Action Plan and the Drummond Report.

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“By expanding the services pharmacists deliver, like the ability to give the flu shot, we’re giving Ontarians better access to the services they need while strengthening our health care system. It’s another way we are ensuring universal health care is there for our children and grandchildren.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“We are maximizing the services provided by pharmacists so that Ontarians can receive the care they need safely, quickly and closer to home. Pharmacists are highly trained and trusted health providers. It’s time that we benefit fully from all the services they can provide.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care



Government Health and Wellness