Reading your editorial entitled “Primary care heading for a doctor-pharmacist turf war” makes me wonder how much of the medical and pharmacy press you read. With some legwork you would have realized that pharmacists and physicians have been developing an infrastructure to better co-ordinate the work they do on a daily basis in every community across Canada. Nowhere is this more evident than in the CMA – CPhA joint statement on “Approaches to enhancing the quality of drug therapy” for patients and the recently published Consumers Association of Canada leaflet “Be a wise consumer” done in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Pharmacists Association. Far from turf war these documents serve as stepping stones to ensure patients get quality care whichever professional they consult first. The tradition in most communities across Canada has been that whenever patients consult pharmacists first they are referred to physicians when warranted.
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It seems that what you may not understand is that hospital closures day surgeries and the move to home care and community care have de facto led patients to first consult the most accessible health-care professional around the pharmacist. This is also a result of the fact that pharmacies have longer hours than medical clinics and in many instances these consultations may also prevent the patient from having to go and spend hours waiting in an emergency department. Many pharmacists across the country have reported that telephone consultations increase 10-fold after medical offices close. This is a direct result of changes in the health-care system in most provinces and not a concerted effort by pharmacists to impinge on a physician’s turf as your editorial implies. As for your contention that physicians are the “proper source of drug prescribing advice for patients” we would like to remind you that pharmacists have five years of education on medications as well as mandatory continuing education or competency assessment programs to maintain their licences. As the joint statement says collaboration between physicians and pharmacists is key to optimizing the patient’s drug therapy. This then should be the goal of responsible editorials rather than stimulating controversy and perpetuating yesterday’s stereotypical images of physicians and pharmacists. By encouraging greater recognition and respect of each other’s expertise great strides can be taken to improve patient care.