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Pharmacists handed new challenges, bigger role in patient care

By Peter Betts

Pharmacists take on a key role in keeping Canadians healthy.

Managing drugs is a daunting responsibility. The average Canadian fills 10 prescriptions a year, a number that’s slowly rising with an increasingly aging population. However, the duties of the people who dispense these prescriptions, more than $31 billion worth, has drastically shifted in the last couple of years. The functions of pharmacists – from the education level to the workplace – is changing.

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