"The Canadian Diabetes Association is pleased to see innovative models of community-based diabetes care such as this pharmacist intervention being developed and implemented. Effective self-management of diabetes is critical to the prevention of the downstream complications of diabetes such as blindness, amputation, and kidney failure,” said Jan Hux, chief science officer, Canadian Diabetes Association. “Pharmacists with enhanced diabetes training provide a skilled and accessible resource to help people with diabetes achieve their health goals."
In the cases where pharmacists consulted with the patients’ physician, the number of patients that reached their A1C goals increased fourfold. "Diabetes management is just one more part of healthcare where pharmacists can make a significant difference. By working together, we can develop sustainable solutions that will have positive impacts on the health of Canadians, all while improving the value delivered by our healthcare system,"â¨said Mike Motz, president, Shoppers Drug Mart.
The study recommends expanding collaborative opportunities for pharmacists, increasing the scope of practice to allow pharmacists to conduct A1C tests, and enabling pharmacists to structure and support self-management plans for patients.
The study further suggests allowing Canadian pharmacists to modify prescriptions, and facilitating more opportunities for pharmacist-physician communication and collaboration.