The University of Toronto's Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is Canada's largest faculty of pharmacy and a leader in preparing students to assume greater responsibility for meeting the medication management needs of patients.
On October 9, 2012, the faculty hosted Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Health and Long-Term Care Minister Deb Matthews as the premier announced that Ontarians can now receive more health services directly from pharmacists.
(All photos: Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)
Today's U of T pharmacy students enjoy expanded opportunities to apply classroom learning in practice settings under the mentorship of today’s cutting-edge pharmacy practitioners and look forward to making meaningful contributions within Ontario’s healthcare system.
The expanded scope of practice means pharmacists can now administer the flu shot, renew or adapt existing prescriptions, prescribe medication to help people quit smoking, and demonstrate how to use an asthma inhaler or inject insulin.
When clinical pharmacy services are delivered in hospital or community settings, patient outcomes are improved and the financial return on investment to the healthcare system exceeds $4 for every dollar spent.
“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," McGuinty said.
From left: Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Health and Long-Term Care Minister Deb Matthews with Professor Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Associate Dean, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto and Professor Cheryl Regehr, Vice-Provost, Academic Programs, University of Toronto.