Negotiations have resumed between Quebec pharmacists and the provincial government, as they work out the details of a plan to increase the scope of services that pharmacists can offer.

Talks broke off on Thursday after, according to the Quebec Association of Pharmacy Owners (AQPP), the government unexpectedly proposed a change that would no longer allow pharmacists to carry out certain tests, such as checking patients' blood coagulation.

AQPP president, Jean Thiffault, said pharmacists had been carrying out those tests for nearly 10 years.

The new program is set to come into effect Sept. 3, but Health Minister Réjean Hébert says he will consider postponing that date if the two sides are unable to reach an agreement.

The changes would allow pharmacists to extend prescriptions and to prescribe medication for mild health problems, such as cold sores and seasonal allergies.