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As of April 1, 2011, community pharmacy-based pharmacists can submit a fee to PharmaCare for medication review services provided to eligible recipients.
The objectives of paying for medication review services are to increase communication between patients and pharmacists, promote safe and effective medication use, and improve health outcomes for patients.
Medication review services are provided by a pharmacist through an individualized, in-person appointment in a suitable private area. The pharmacist meets with the patient to gather all pertinent information about all the patient’s medications.
All the medications are reviewed by the pharmacist with the patient to improve the patient’s understanding of their medications, including what medications the patient is taking, why the patient is taking each medication, and how best to take each medication.
The pharmacist prepares a Best Possible Medication History with Professional Notes (BPMH Pro) which acts as the record of care provided. This document is kept in the pharmacy files. For continuity of care purposes, the BPMH Pro may be made available to other health care professionals upon request.
The pharmacist also prepares a comprehensive list of current medications for the patient to take away. This list, known as the Best Possible Medication History (BPMH), includes all prescription medications, non-prescription medications and natural health products that the patient is taking.
Although pharmacists have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide medication review services, and the provision of these services is within the existing scope of practice for pharmacists, this initiative standardizes how medication review services are delivered across B.C.