Albertans looking to kick a nicotine addiction, manage their diabetes medication or receive a customized medication assessment may find help at their local pharmacy.

Following an agreement reached between the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association, Alberta Blue Cross, and the provincial government, Alberta’s 1,049 licensed pharmacies will be permitted to offer expanded services beginning April 1, 2014.

“By ensuring pharmacies are fully supported in their expanded role, we are fulfilling our commitment to provide Albertans with greater access to health care services in their communities,” said Health Minister Fred Horne. “This new partnership agreement will no doubt result in improved patient care throughout our province as pharmacists take on a greater role in our health care system.”

Highlights of the four-year agreement include:

  • Predictable funding for pharmacists
  • Transparency in prescription pricing
  • Changes to medication dispensing fees
  • Improved coordination between pharmacies and the province during public programs including the distribution of flu shots

For a complete list of pharmacy services covered under Alberta Health Care visit Alberta Health