The Council of Independent Community Pharmacy owners in Newfoundland and Labrador says independent pharmacies need to provide more services in order to stay in business.

The pharmacists said they have been losing money due to government cuts and changes to drug prices and dispensing fees.

A report written for the group by economic consultant Wade Locke — and released on Tuesday — said in other provinces, pharmacists do more than just dispense drugs. 

"There are lots of jurisdictions in Canada whereby pharmacists provide prescriptions for minor ailments, they provide injections, they provide diabetes education, they provide smoking cessation," Locke pointed out.  

Locke's report has been submitted to the provincial government for its consideration.