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First Nations pharmacist says Sask. should extend consultation program to include Indigenous people – CBC

by ahnationtalk on May 23, 2019148 Views

SMAP is a provincially-funded program that allows patients one-on-one consultations with a pharmacist

May 23, 2019

Canada’s first self-identified First Nations doctor of pharmacy says a program funded by Saskatchewan is discriminatory toward Indigenous people.

“When the system treats people differently based on their racialized identity or ethnicity that would be systemic racism. So the system is being racist,” said Swidrovich, an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan and a Saulteaux member of Yellowquill First Nation.

The Saskatchewan Medication Assessment Program (SMAP), a provincially funded program that began in 2013, allows those with a valid Saskatchewan health card to access a one-hour consultation with a pharmacist to review a person’s medical history and medication. The assessment helps the patient understand their medical history and allows for pharmacists answer questions about side effects, medication interaction and what the medications do.

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