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Pharmacist Prescribing:

Prescribing by pharmacists differs from what is currently understood as prescribing among other health professions such as a doctor.

Pharmacist prescribing describes a wide range of activities. It includes:

Pharmacists will assess and triage each patient as required. If the pharmacist has the competencies and appropriate information to initiate drug therapy for minor, self-limiting or self-diagnosed conditions, he or she may initiate treatment. Alternatively, the pharmacist may refer the patient to another part of the health system.

Prescribing activities can be grouped into three general categories: