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MPP Takes Pharmacy Tour

Owen Sound | by Matthew Sanderson  

Bill Walker says impressed at how pharmacies cater to long term facilities.

Members of Medical Pharmacies pose with MPP Bill Walker after his tour on Wednesday. (photo by Matt Sanderson)  

A tour took place Wednesday at Medical Pharmacies at the medical office on 8th Street East in Owen Sound.

The "Healthcare Closer to Home" program brings politicians into neighbourhood pharmacies and educates those members of government on what they are capable of.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound Conservative MPP Bill Walker attended the event to grasp a better perspective of what the employees at the pharmacy specialize in.

This local pharmacy does much more than give out drugs.

The pharmaceutical institute works with local Long Term Care facilities in giving the proper medication to patients.

Walker says he was impressed with how much they cater to long term care facilities -- which is something he is a very strong advocate for.

He adds they work very close with doctors to make sure proper medications are prescribed.

Pharmacist Manager Danielle Parker says they sometimes meet with patients and have standardized information on their health and medical background.

Medical Pharmacies says 90 per cent of their customers are Long Term Care based and 10 per cent are retail customers.

Officials also can give flu shots and in 2014/2015 there was a 20 per cent growth in Pharmacist Flu Vaccinations.

Walker says all pharmacies are changing into diverse facilities where, if you need something small like a shot you can go there rather than waiting in line at the doctors.

As of right now the flu vaccination is the only shot given -- but they're hoping to expand that soon.

Walker tells Bayshore Broadcasting News Medical Pharmacies has a good system for medication and they communicate with physicians well.





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