There is a debate brewing about who should prescribe certain drugs in Saskatchewan.

In the past year, patients have been able to get some prescriptions from pharmacists, which included medication for acne, cold sores, rashes and other minor conditions.

What conditions can pharmacists prescribe medication for: 

  • Minor acne
  • Insect bites
  • Cold sores
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Oral thrush
  • Diaper rash
  • Canker sores

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan met today and one of the items on its agenda was the prescriptive authority for pharmacists. While many doctors do not have an issue with pharmacists handing out some prescriptions, there are concerns raised as well. 

"I don't see how a busy, community pharmacist, who is counselling patients on prescriptions they give them have time to sit with the patient, take a history, do an exam, and then go and prescribe something," said Dr. Mark Chapelski, president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, adding that protecting people is the biggest concern.

He agrees with pharmacists prescribing drugs for minor conditions but he's concerned about patients diagnosing themselves.

"This definition of self-limited illness," he said. "They're talking about some rashes being self-limited illnesses, yet our dermatology colleagues go to school for 12 years to be able to diagnose these rashes."