Pharmacists Prescribing Psychotropic Medications: Is This Really a Good Idea?
Gardner, David M.
Shulman, Kenneth I.
Journal of Ethics in Mental Health [electronic] 2008 April; 3(1): 6 p. Accessed: http://www.jemh.ca [2008 June 22]
Legislation enabling pharmacists to prescribe is being drafted and passed in Canada and internationally. But is it a good idea for pharmacists to be prescribing psychotropic medications? In this discussion, the term ?pharmacist prescribing? is defined, the issues of the potential conflict of interest of pharmacists discussed, and the education and training of pharmacists reviewed. Finally, an experienced psychiatrist weighs in on the discussion with a personal reflection on this important discussion, concluding that ?we should move forward cautiously but in a spirit of collaboration, mutual respect and above all in the best interests of the patient.?
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