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Ordering laboratory tests: when and which ones?

September 23, 2014

Ordering laboratory tests is not a restricted activity in Alberta. However, Standard 3.7 requires that pharmacists only order laboratory tests:

  • That the pharmacist is personally competent to order and interpret; and
  • That are indicated to assist in the management of drug therapy for a patient.

Should other laboratory testing be required, pharmacists should collaborate with other health professionals on the patient’s team to facilitate ordering of them.

Originally published in the September 23, 2014 issue of The Link