British Columbia Pharmacy Association

British Columbia Pharmacy Association

May 17, 2006 18:19 ET

British Columbia Pharmacy Association: Greater Sharing of PharmaNet Information is Good for Patients, Say Pharmacists

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 17, 2006) - British Columbia pharmacists welcomed the expansion of PharmaNet access into doctor's offices and called for the B.C. government to continue exploring opportunities for greater information sharing amongst health-care professionals.

"Providing doctors with access to PharmaNet is an important step towards more comprehensive information sharing," said Marnie Mitchell, CEO of the British Columbia Pharmacy Association. "Patients benefit when decisions about their health are made using the most complete and accurate information available - regardless of whether they are in their doctor's office, the hospital, or their community pharmacy."

"The recent announcement of the E-Health Strategy indicates that the B.C. government has made improving health information technology a high priority," said Mitchell. "As key primary care givers in B.C., pharmacists look forward to new opportunities for improved patient-care made possible through continued expansion of information sharing."

Highly trained and accessible, pharmacists provide one-on-one counseling on a number of health issues. They're helping seniors safely manage multiple medications, running smoking cessation programs, and they can provide tailored advice and information on the long-term management of diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The BC Pharmacy Association represents over 2000 pharmacists in British Columbia and is the primary professional association for pharmacy in the province.

Contact Information

  • BC Pharmacy Association
    Susan Ogilvie
    Director, Communications
    Direct: (604) 269-2863 or Reception: (604) 261-2092
    www.bcpharmacy.ca