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ACP employment opportunity - Pharmacy Practice Consultant
December 13, 2011

Do you like to coach others? Do you want to help Albertans receive the best pharmacy care? Does variety, meeting new people, and exploring our province excite you? If so, being an ACP Pharmacy Practice Consultant could be the job for you. This is an excellent opportunity to innovate and influence change in your profession.

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Job and application details:
 

Reporting to the Professional Practice Director, the Pharmacy Practice Consultant, a full-time permanent employee, is responsible for:

  • conducting inspections according to the Health Professions Act (HPA) and the Pharmacy and Drug Act (PDA);
  • assessing pharmacy operations and systems;
  • educating licensees, pharmacy directors, pharmacy staff and proprietors through consultations to ensure safe, effective and responsible pharmacy practice; and
  • developing and implementing educational programs and tools to promote quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives.

The position will cover southern Alberta (south of Red Deer) and requires travel, including overnight stays, and flexibility to cover other areas of Alberta as determined by business needs. This position also requires the ability to work extended hours when needed to meet assessment travel requirements.

For job and application details, view the full job description.

Temporary change in pharmacy hours? Dear ACP...
December 13, 2011

For any change in pharmacy hours, you must notify the college 14 days or more before the proposed change occurs.  You may write, email or fax ACP to notify us of a change in pharmacy hours of operation.

Be sure to include the name and licence number of your pharmacy, the new hours of operation and the date the change becomes effective.

Note: The pharmacy hours of operation must be posted at all public entrances to the pharmacy. If you modify the hours that your pharmacy is open, remember to change your sign.

Elevate your practice to the next level of patient care
December 13, 2011

ADAPT is a cutting-edge CE program that helps you perfect skills in medication assessment, collaboration, documentation, patient interviewing, evidence-based practice and developing patient care plans.

***NEW! Beginning in 2012, ADAPT will be accredited as a Certificate Level Program*** Pharmacists who successfully pass the required assessments will be awarded a Certificate in Patient Care Skills.

Next course: Jan. 4 – May 15

Registration deadline: Dec. 15. Register at www.pharmacists.ca/adapt.

Alberta pharmacists best in the country
December 13, 2011

Congratulations to Arden Barry, Rita Lyster, and Tyler Watson. They are the recent winners of national Commitment to Care & Service Awards. It’s great to see Alberta pharmacists recognized for their good work!

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What did they win for?
 

Alberta pharmacists best in the country

Arden Barry
Starting as a pharmacy technician in 2001, Arden Barry is now one of 144 pharmacists in Alberta with independent prescribing authority. Barry’s drive to further his knowledge and expand his practice has led to his receiving the Advanced Learning award.

Barry is currently a clinical postdoctoral fellow in cardiovascular pharmacotherapeutics in the division of cardiology at the U of A. As part of this two-year fellowship, he practises at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton, in outpatient clinics such as cardiac assessment, heart transplant and cardiovascular risk reduction, as well as in the coronary care unit.

Barry has already obtained formal training in areas such as making physical examinations, electrocardiogram interpretation and pathology—training that is outside the traditional scope of practice for pharmacists.

His depth of knowledge is a great resource to the other health professionals, and a reminder of the value pharmacists can bring to the healthcare table. Arden’s colleague, cardiologist Dr. Michelle Graham, says, “His presence on rounds has taught a new generation of physicians the importance of a multidisciplinary collaborative model for optimal patient care delivery.”

Arden was also a 2011 APEX Future of Pharmacy winner.

 

Rita Lyster
Rita’s Apothecary & Home Healthcare offers big city services with a small town heart. Rita opened her store in December 2009 with a compounding pharmacy, PacMed pouch packaging machine and unique items customers would normally have to drive an hour and a half to purchase in Edmonton. But it’s her community spirit and specialized knowledge that really take the prize.

For her efforts, Rita was recognized with the Rookie of the Year award.

In an era of doctor shortages and lengthy wait times, Rita’s patients are thankful for her diverse skill set. She has completed pharmacy continuing education courses in medication compounding, smoking cessation, maximizing drug therapy effectiveness and monitoring drug therapy using laboratory values. She has also been granted advanced prescribing authority and can order lab tests and give injections.

She also reaches out to local health professionals, inviting them for tours of her pharmacy, webinars and orientation to a hypertension project she runs.

Rita was also the 2009 APEX Wyeth Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia winner.


Tyler Watson
Tyler was recognized with the Student Leadership award.

A fourth-year pharmacy student, Tyler is an advocate for students, a committed volunteer, a multiple award-winner, a superior researcher, two-time president of the Alberta Pharmacy Students’ Association (APSA) and one of the top academic performers in his class.

“I am continually amazed at Tyler’s level of commitment and passion towards the profession,” said Christine Hughes, associate professor and chair of the Pharmacy Practice Division at the U of A. “Without question, Tyler is one of the most effective leaders our student council has had over the past 14 years.”

As president of APSA, Watson helped create strong relationships between students and faculty members and provided leadership on issues ranging from admission processes to curriculum changes. He also helped develop the association’s Community Support Committee, which has raised thousands of dollars for earthquake relief and cancer research and hosted free hypertension and osteoporosis screening clinics in the community.

All awards were presented in Toronto on Nov. 28 at this year’s Commitment to Care & Service Awards, hosted by pharmacy magazines Pharmacy Practice and Drugstore Canada.

ACP collaborates with RCMP to stop Internet pharmacy fraud
December 13, 2011

On Nov. 30, ACP and the RCMP issued a joint press release alerting the public to a fraudulent Internet pharmacy solicitation.

The college’s first priority is to protect the public, thus we welcome such opportunities to work with law enforcement.  Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are also required by the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics to ensure patients receive safe, responsible, and appropriate pharmacy care.

Please immediately report any inappropriate pharmacy practice – Internet or otherwise – to the college so that we can help you maintain the profession’s good reputation and the public’s health and trust.

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Press release and ACP resources:
 

Edmonton, Alberta
November 30, 2011

Fraudulent Internet Pharmacy

The RCMP, along with the Alberta College of Pharmacists, wish to advise the public of a fraudulent internet pharmacy solicitation site that may be received in peoples' email accounts.

The following email link is distributed by personal computers having been compromised and access to personal email addresses accounts obtained. The message creates the impression that the link has been sent from a "friend" or "contact." The extent of the distribution or the number of computers comprised is unknown; however, the subject of the breach is such that could impact public safety, in that it promotes an internet pharmaceutical site.

http://slightlyover9000.com/forums/images/avatars/upload/nfprjw.htm

The public should take precautions when dealing with any internet pharmaceutical site, as many of these sites are not legitimate. Some of these sites create the impression that they are legitimate entities. Significant health risks are imposed if the consumer is not aware of what to look for and purchases drugs from these sites.

Risks:

  • Some sites sell drugs that are not approved in Canada due to safety concerns.
  • Prescription drugs should not be used without having been examined by a health care professional, and having been issued a prescription for that condition.
  • Consumers have no way of knowing where these companies are located, many of which are off shore, and what controls exist with regards to the manufacturing of these products.
  • There is no way of knowing whether you are obtaining counterfeit drugs.
  • The consumer does not know the type of ingredients used, such as whether there are any "active" ingredients, or just fillers, the appropriate quantity or dosage, or other additives that may have been included.
  • These factors may exacerbate pre-existing conditions, create false hope, or be ineffective.
  • Providing credit card information poses financial risks.
  • Goods may be stopped at the border by Canadian authorities.

Precautions:

  • Contact the College of Pharmacists within the province the company is claiming to be licenced and verify the legitimacy of the Internet Pharmacy. Do not rely on any telephone number or claims made on the internet pharmaceutical site.
  • Determine whether a street address is listed for the company and then verify the location via Google Maps or Street View to confirm the location exists and is the same building being depicted on the site.
  • Confirm their policy with respect to dealing with prescriptions, of if they offer prescription drugs without a prescription. 
  • Examine whether they are trying to conduct an on-line assessment via questionnaire, rather than actually having been examined by a doctor.
  • Be suspicious if the site "claims a miracle cure."
  • Sells a product that does not have a D.I.N. (Drug Identification Number) issued by Health Canada.

If you wish further information, or have complaints or concerns about therapeutic drug products being sold or purchased on line, please call Health Canada's toll-free hotline at 1-800-267-9675.

Visit the following Health Canada Website at: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/internet-eng.php.

 

More ACP articles on Internet/mail order pharmacy

Mail order pharmacy and the delivery of drugs across provincial borders - Dec. 2007 acpnews.

Internet pharmacy service guidelines – Spring 2009 acpnews

Mail Order Pharmacy definitions and requirements – Summer 2009 acpnews

 

How to boost your business (and your mood)
November 29, 2011

Think of what it could do for your practice (and your pride) if:

  • you could tell customers that Alberta’s 2011 Pharmacist of Distinction works at your pharmacy - or is you!
  • an ad in your local paper announced that your pharmacy team had received the W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Team award.
  • your employer, peers, family, and community learned that you were selected from over 4200 pharmacists in the province to receive an APEX Award.

Well, that could happen... If we receive your nomination for an APEX Award. 

Click here to view categories and nomination details. Nominations are due by Dec. 9, 2011.

Old refills vs. new prescriptions
November 29, 2011

Q: Where is the document that says I have to discontinue all previous refills when a patient brings in a new prescription for the same med?

A: That statement was a council policy. When the Standards for Pharmacist Practice came into effect in 2007, that policy was no longer needed since Standard 5 put the responsibility for dispensing refills (new or old) with the pharmacist, not with council policy.

This standard, now Standard 6, still exists in the current Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians.

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Standard 6 and an example:
 

STANDARD 6 (excerpt)

Each time a pharmacist or a pharmacy technician dispenses a Schedule 1 drug or blood product pursuant to a prescription:

a) the pharmacist must determine that the prescription is appropriate.

Example
Your patient, Carl, presents a new prescription for a medication for which he still has refills. You, the pharmacist, must determine whether it is appropriate to keep the existing refills and add the new prescription and any refills, or whether it is appropriate to cancel the ‘old’ refills and dispense the new prescription.

Some factors you will want to consider include:

  • What was the prescriber’s intent when writing the new prescription? (The prescriber may have intended to add more refills to last until the patient is re-assessed.)
  • When should/will the patient be re-assessed by the prescriber?
  • What monitoring should occur with this patient and this medication?
  • Will that monitoring be occurring throughout the ‘life’ of the refills?
New online forgery reporting form
November 29, 2011

You can now report a forgery any time of day or night with ACP’s new online forgery reporting form. You can find it on the ACP website under Prescriber Lists/Forgery Alerts.  

For more information on reporting forgeries, see the article in last month’s acpnews.

Centennial celebrations continue
November 29, 2011

Thank you to the many pharmacies displaying the centennial magazine and encouraging customers to take a copy. Customers are intrigued by pharmacy’s rich history. They’re also interested in pharmacy’s contributions to their communities and the many services you offer.

For more copies, shipped free of charge, contact the ACP office.

ACP employment opportunity - Pharmacy Practice Consultant
November 29, 2011

Are you passionate about pharmacy but ready for a change? Take the next step in your career as an ACP Pharmacy Practice Consultant (for Alberta South). Help pharmacists and pharmacy technicians serve Albertans safely and effectively. This is an excellent opportunity to innovate and influence change in your profession. 

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Job and application details:
 

Reporting to the Professional Practice Director, the Pharmacy Practice Consultant, a full-time permanent employee, is responsible for:

  • conducting inspections according to the Health Professions Act (HPA) and the Pharmacy and Drug Act (PDA);
  • assessing pharmacy operations and systems;
  • educating licensees, pharmacy directors, pharmacy staff and proprietors through consultations to ensure safe, effective and responsible pharmacy practice; and
  • developing and implementing educational programs and tools to promote quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives.

The position will cover southern Alberta (south of Red Deer) and requires travel, including overnight stays, and flexibility to cover other areas of Alberta as determined by business needs. This position also requires the ability to work extended hours when needed to meet assessment travel requirements.

For job and application details, view the full job description.

Who can administer FluMist®?
November 15, 2011

FluMist is a Schedule 2 product and, based on the Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Profession Regulation, all clinical pharmacists are authorized to administer it. However, before you administer FluMist, ask yourself, “Do I know the special considerations for a live vaccine and am I able to respond to an anaphylactic reaction?”

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What else do you need to know?
 

As a regulated health professional, it is your responsibility to ensure any drug or vaccine that you dispense or administer is appropriate for the patient and it is your responsibility to be informed.

Here are some of the questions you need to be able to answer before administering FluMist.

What does “competent” mean in this case?
Standard 1.7 of the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians requires that you only engage in restricted activities that you are authorized and competent to perform.

Being “competent” to administer FluMist means you not only understand and have mastered the administration technique, but also understand the vaccine being administered, the condition being treated and the patient-specific conditions that may affect or be affected by FluMist.

What’s “special” about FluMist?
FluMist is a live vaccine. Therefore, in addition to the usual considerations with traditional influenza vaccine, you must consider additional safety concerns such as:

  • immunosuppression
    • e.g., is the patient taking drugs that suppress the immune system, such as oral corticosteroids, are they a cancer patient or an organ transplant recipient, or will they be in close contact with people with any of these conditions
  • aspirin use in patients 2 to 17 years
    • also, children in this age group should not use products containing aspirin for 4 weeks after receiving this vaccine unless directed by a doctor
  • wheezing or asthma
    • The vaccine is contraindicated in patients with asthma or children under 5 years of age with recurrent wheezing unless the benefits outweigh the risks
  • allergy cross sensitivities (including eggs),
  • a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • precautions when administering to young children
    • Children aged 2 to 8 years who have not been previously immunized against influenza may require two doses of the vaccine. If you choose to administer to these patients, you have a responsibility to ensure that the parent/guardian is aware of this and to follow up to ensure the second dose is administered at the appropriate time.
    • Pharmacists should not administer FluMist to children under 2 years old as the product is not approved for use in this group.

What are the required procedures and environment for administration?
If an emergency such as an anaphylactic reaction occurs, are you able and prepared to deal with it? Do you have the supplies available? Do you and other staff members know what to do?

As outlined in Standards 16 and 17, if you administer drugs or vaccines you must have current policies and procedures for handling emergencies and you must be prepared to implement those policies and procedures. We recommend that you run staff practice drills to identify gaps in process before an emergency occurs.

Standard 16 also requires that you administer a drug or vaccine in an environment that is clean, safe, appropriately private and comfortable for the patient.

In addition, Standard 17 requires that a pharmacist who administers a drug, blood product or vaccine must have proper regard for the interests of the patient and take all steps necessary to ensure that the drug, blood product or vaccine is administered safely, including monitoring after administration, documentation and communication with other health care professionals.

What else do you have to consider?
Many of the precautions and considerations required for administration of FluMist are similar to those that must be taken when administering a drug or vaccine by injection. Therefore, pharmacists who have received authorization to administer injections have received training and have likely implemented appropriate policies and procedures. If you have not completed a training program to administer drugs by injection and you plan to administer FluMist, you will require additional planning and preparation.

Because FluMist is a vaccine, if your patient experiences an adverse reaction you must complete an “Adverse Event Following Immunization” report (http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/im/aefi-form-eng.php).

For more guidelines on administering FluMist, see:

  • the Oct. 4 issue of The Link,
  • the product monograph,
  • the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Recommendations on the use of live, attenuated influenza vaccine (FluMist®): Supplemental Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2011-2012,  and
  • the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians.

Dispensing/prescribing note: Although FluMist is a Schedule 2 product, it is to be administered by a healthcare professional and is not to be self-administered by the patient or the patient’s parent/guardian. It is NOT appropriate to dispense FluMist if you don’t know that it is going to be administered properly and that the cold chain will be maintained.

Similarly, since prescribing of Schedule 2 products is not a restricted activity, pharmacists may prescribe FluMist. However, it is NOT appropriate to prescribe FluMist if you don’t know that it is going to be administered properly and that the cold chain will be maintained. Refer to Standard 8 of the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians for your responsibilities when selling a Schedule 2 product.

Finally, as described above, the notification of other health professionals is an important part of vaccine administration. Although there is currently no formal process for pharmacists to notify public health regarding the administration of vaccines that are not part of the publicly funded system, it is expected that you will enter FluMist and other vaccines administered in your pharmacy on the patient’s record in such as way that it is uploaded to the provincial electronic health record (Netcare).*

*Reminder – ACP has previously communicated an expectation to upload information on the sale/dispensing of all Schedule 2 products to Netcare.

ACP employment opportunity - Pharmacy Practice Consultant
November 15, 2011

Reporting to the Professional Practice Director, the Pharmacy Practice Consultant, a full-time permanent employee, is responsible for:
 

  • conducting inspections according to the Health Professions Act(HPA) and the Pharmacy and Drug Act (PDA);
  • assessing pharmacy operations and systems;
  • educating licensees, pharmacy directors, pharmacy staff and proprietors through consultations to ensure safe, effective and responsible pharmacy practice; and
  • developing and implementing educational programs and tools to promote quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives.

The position will cover Southern Alberta (south of Red Deer) and requires travel, including overnight stays, and flexibility to cover other areas of Alberta as determined by business needs. This position also requires the ability to work extended hours when needed to meet assessment travel requirements.

For job and application details, view the full job description.

Flu FAQ
November 15, 2011

Pharmacist flu questions have kept the ACP phone lines busy over the last few weeks. Here is one of the most frequently asked questions and our answer. 

Q. Can a pharmacist with injections authorization administer Trivalent Inactivated Vaccine (TIV) to children?

A. Yes, as long as the child is 5 or older and as long as the pharmacist uses provincially funded vaccine only for those children 9 and over. The contract with AHS stipulates that pharmacists will NOT use provincially funded influenza vaccine for children under 9 and, according to ACP standards, pharmacists may not administer an injection to children under 5. So that means if the pharmacist immunizes children 5-8 with TIV, he/she can’t use provincially funded vaccine and can’t bill Blue Cross, and so must charge for the vaccine and administration.

Is your pharmacy team patient safety SMART?
November 15, 2011

ACP, in collaboration with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada), is pleased to introduce a new resource to help your pharmacy team reduce recurrence of drug incidents and to become competent patient safety advocates.


The Systems Approach to Quality Assurance for Community Pharmacies is a comprehensive guide that will prompt your team to:

  • clearly identify what happened to cause a particular incident,
  • determine why it happened through the use of triggering questions and visualization aids, and
  • find SMART solutions to prevent recurrence.

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Learn more:
 

SMART action plans are more likely to be successful in preventing recurrence of incidents as they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based.

The systems approach is based on the following principles:

  1. Create a patient safety culture, remembering that patients are your primary focus.
    • Ensure the environment and equipment are both designed to support patient safety.
  2. Shift the focus from the actions of individuals to the system-based causes of events.
  3. Include all members of your pharmacy team and other health care practitioners whose care of the patient may be affected by a drug incident. Systems analysis is a team approach. Team members will serve as the “change agents” who will assist you in successfully implementing strategies to reduce incident recurrence.
  4. Share information about drug incidents with ISMP Canada to facilitate learning by fellow colleagues.
  5. Document your analysis and prevention strategies in a manner that facilitates compliance with the Standards for the Operation of Licensed Pharmacies.

Figure 1: Systems Approach Process

ACP has created new and improved drug incident report forms and quarterly review reports with sample completed versions of each which incorporate principles of systems analysis. Use these reports to document a drug incident the next time one should occur in your pharmacy, and keep them handy so that your Pharmacy Practice Consultant (PPC) can discuss them with your team on their next visit. 

To get you started with the systems approach to incident analysis, please review the Incident Analysis Process Summary and Quick Reference Guide. This tool is designed to assist your pharmacy team to analyze, investigate and document incidents and find SMART solutions for everything from drug incidents to burglary prevention and work flow. Quality Assurance for Community Pharmacies – The Systems Approach: A Patient Safety Primer provides some additional detail to help your team make the most of this tool. Your PPC will be visiting your pharmacy to assist your team in implementing these quality assurance tools to enhance patient safety in your practice setting.

In addition to the aforementioned resources, those of you who are visual and auditory learners can find three narrated PowerPoint presentations on the ACP website that will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of systems analysis:

  • Quality Assurance for Community Pharmacies Part I: Leading Up to Systems Analysis of Drug Incidents: A brief presentation outlining the differences between drug incidents, adverse drug events and drug errors, and the organizational process for managing critical incidents.
     
  • Quality Assurance for Community Pharmacies Part II: The Systems Approach to Investigating Drug Incidents: A journey through the incident analysis process, this presentation takes you through an example of a drug incident to illustrate how to apply the principles of systems analysis.
     
  • Quality Assurance for Community Pharmacies Part III: Application of Systems Analysis Beyond Drug Incidents: Workflow and burglary prevention case examples will be used to demonstrate the utility of systems analysis beyond drug incidents.

Review these quality assurance resources to obtain non-accredited learning CEUs as part of your learning portfolio. Simply document what you have learned by completing a Non-accredited Learning Record. We wish you success on your path to becoming patient safety advocates!

Burglary prevention resource reminder
November 15, 2011
Robberies involving opioid medications have pharmacists and pharmacy owners worried. To help protect your pharmacy and your staff, read the ACP resource Burglary Prevention Tips. You can find it on the ACP website under Practice Resources/Info sheets & posters.
Elevate your practice to the next level of patient care
November 15, 2011

ADAPT is a cutting-edge accredited CE program that helps you perfect skills in medication assessment, collaboration, documentation, patient interviewing, evidence-based practice and developing patient care plans. Combining interactive online learning, supportive moderators and plenty of peer interaction, ADAPT integrates into your daily practice while you learn. Provided by the Canadian Pharmacists Association.

Next course runs January 4th – May 15th. Register at www.pharmacists.ca/adapt.

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Learn more about ADAPT:
 

The ADAPT course has 7 online modules, each lasting 2–4 weeks. Modules will typically open on a Wednesday and close on a Tuesday. The entire course will take 19–20 weeks (including a 1–2 week break, depending on time of year). Students can expect to spend 4–5 hours on ADAPT each week.

ADAPT course materials were collaboratively developed by the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and the CPhA-CSHP Primary Care Pharmacy Specialty Network.

Registration is now open for the session running January 4 - May 15, 2012. Positions are limited. Special pricing is available for different audiences.

Visit www.pharmacists.ca/adapt for the ADAPT course prospectus, pricing, and registration information.

CPSA seeks Manager, Physician Prescribing Practices
November 15, 2011

The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta regulates the practice of medicine in Alberta. The College is seeking an experienced individual to manage the Physician Prescribing Practices (PPP) department.

For position and application details please visit the CPSA website at www.cpsa.ab.ca.

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Position details:
 

The PPP department is undergoing major changes focused on using prescribing data to monitor physician prescribing and applying a quality assurance philosophy to improve medical practice. The manager will work with department staff and consultants to develop software and methods to maximize the value of available data, and to create effective processes for working with individual physicians.

The manager will also liaise with numerous external individuals and organizations, including as a participant on provincial and national committees. The successful candidate will be a member of the senior management team, reporting to an Assistant Registrar.

Cheer on our teams
November 1, 2011

No, not the Eskimos or the Stampeders. We’re talking about our Partners in Practice and W.L Boddy teams! The APEX Awards offer two opportunities to showcase outstanding teams.

The new W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Team of the Year recognizes a pharmacy staff team who, by virtue of their practice, positively impact the health of their community. The Awards Committee will consider how the team incorporates factors such as staffing, workflow, staff training and development, policies and procedures, technology and innovative programs to offer excellent.

Partners in Practice recognizes a collaborative effort between a pharmacist and one or more other non-pharmacy health professionals to optimize patient care and/or safety. The Awards Committee will consider how the initiatives the team undertook, how the team designed their relationships to ensure efficient, quality service, and how their efforts improved patient care.

Nomination deadline: Dec. 9, 2011

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See other award categories:
 
M.J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction honours a pharmacist who has consistently demonstrated outstanding professional excellence in the practice of pharmacy over time.


Award of Excellence pays tribute to an Alberta pharmacist for individual outstanding achievement in the field of pharmacy. This award is granted for a single unique accomplishment thus differing in this way from the Pharmacist of Distinction Award.

Future of Pharmacy is presented to up to three pharmacists per year who exude enthusiasm and passion for pharmacy, are visionary, and offer extraordinary promise to the profession.

The Awards Committee will consider how each nominee has developed peer networks, participated in educational opportunities and professional development, played a part in or developed new programs, and shown involvement in their community.

Friend of Pharmacy is presented to a non-pharmacist who has contributed to the success of the profession of pharmacy.

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia celebrates a pharmacist who has compiled an outstanding record of community service that, apart from his/her specific identification as a pharmacist, reflects well on the profession.

Nominations must be received at the ACP office by Dec. 9, 2011.

The APEX (Alberta Pharmacy Excellence) Awards are jointly sponsored by the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA) and the Alberta College of Pharmacists.

View the awards’ terms of reference and nominate online or download the forms from the ACP website under About ACP/APEX Awards.

Looking back at the century – literally
November 1, 2011

Centennial magazines are being displayed in pharmacies across the province and the buzz is starting. We have already begun to hear about people developing a new appreciation for the work of pharmacists and a new respect for the profession because of the magazine’s stories.

Each pharmacy should receive a shipment of magazines by Nov. 4. McKesson is generously delivering the magazines at no charge. Please display the magazines prominently and encourage your customers to take a copy. For more copies, contact the ACP office.

If you haven’t received your copies yet, you can have a peek at the online version at http://pharmacy100.ab.ca/files/CentennialMagazine.pdf.

Work for students – or have them work for you!
November 1, 2011

The U of A Health Sciences Council is recruiting for two interprofessional educational opportunities. They are looking for small group facilitators for an interprofessional health team development class and partners with projects that health science students taking a community service class could complete.

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Learn more:

 

1. Small Group Facilitation Opportunity

IntD 410: Interprofessional Health Team Development is seeking facilitators.

In IntD 410, two facilitators lead and assess 4 teams of 6-8 interdisciplinary health science students through this 3-credit course. The curriculum emphasizes team processes and invites students to explore professional roles and how they will collaborate in practice.

The course runs weekly on Tuesdays from January 10th to March 20th (excluding Reading Week, February 21nd) from 2-5pm or 6-9pm. Three facilitator training workshops will be held from 6-9pm: November 22, 29 and December 6, 2011.

IntD 410 course facilitators receive:

  • Professional development in interprofessional education (IPE)
  • Training in small group facilitation of Discovery Learning
  • Experience facilitating small groups
  • Formal mentorship from experienced instructors
  • A $600 honorarium over 10 classes ($60/class)

For more information, please visit: http://www.hserc.ualberta.ca/nav02.cfm?nav02=93955&nav01=86306.

Contact Lynne Moser at lynne.moser@ualberta.ca or at 780-492-0110, with any questions.

2. Collaborative Project Partnership in the Health Sciences: A Community Service Learning Initiative

HSERC is currently seeking community partnerships in which interprofessional teams of health science students complete research and produce a resource relevant to a partner community group that promotes health in the community that they serve.

What is required of the Community Partner?

  • Define a project. Most often, the project will identify a gap in their existing resources, such as important information missing from their website, or a print resource that the partner would like to provide to their user group, such as a pamphlet.
  • Attend a class on January 24, 2012 to describe project (15 minutes maximum) and answer student questions.
  • Be available between the end of January and early March, 2012 to clarify project expectations and answer student questions.
  • Attend project presentations on March 6, 2012 and provide feedback on student work.

For more information contact tara.hatch@ualberta.ca or (780) 492-6616.

Do you compound and repackage? You may need to update your form
November 1, 2011

Pharmacies that compound or repackage drugs to be dispensed through other community pharmacies must have:

  • a compounding and repackaging licence, and
  • an agreement in the form approved by council with each community pharmacy to which they provide services.

Council recently amended the agreement form. If you hold a compounding and repackaging pharmacy licence, or if you operate a licensed pharmacy and hold an agreement with a compounding and repackaging pharmacy, please review and update your agreement using the amended form to ensure that it is current.

You can download the updated form from ACP’s website under Registration & Licensure/Pharmacies.

What do you think of this?
November 1, 2011

Kathie Tam, a fourth-year U of A pharmacy student, is surveying Alberta pharmacists on their attitudes toward Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and complementary and alternative medicines (CAM). Complete the survey now, as it is closing soon.

Click here to take the survey

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Read the letter of invitation:
 

Dear Pharmacists: 
My name is Kathie Tam; I am a fourth year pharmacy student at the University of Alberta. As a requirement of my elective course PHARM 498, I have chosen to conduct a survey on the attitudes toward Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) among pharmacists in Alberta.

This survey is important as it has been reported that up to two-thirds of Chinese immigrants in Alberta used CAM in conjugation with western medicine. Especially, since Chinese has been considered the largest visible minority in Canada and that Chinese immigrants remain one of the top three ethnic groups immigrated to Alberta, CAM is an indispensable aspect for healthcare provider in Alberta and Canada to consider when interacting with patients. The survey outcomes will enable the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to assess the necessity to incorporate this component to the current pharmacy curriculum.

Your participation in the survey is voluntary. If you changed your mind after you have agreed to take part in the study, simply exit the survey. You can say no to any of the questions in the survey; this may prevent you from proceeding with the survey. You may stop the study at any time. However, once the survey is completed, it is impossible to withdraw from the study since the survey is anonymous.

The risks involved in the study are minimal. All data are stored securely according to the Google Document® website policy which can be found at http://www.google.com/security.html. Please note that data collected is subject to the Patriot Act as the servers are United States based. Once data are extracted from Google Document®, they will be securely stored in a password protected laptop in a locked office at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta. We will keep all data for at least five years in accordance with university policy.

This study has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta.

If you have any questions about the study at any time, Please feel free to contact: 
Kathie Tam, 4th Year Pharmacy Student, kathie@ualberta.ca 
Dr. Hoan Linh Banh, Associate Professor, University of Alberta, hbanh@pharmacy.ualberta.ca, (780) 492-6577

By proceeding with the survey, it is implied that you have given informed consent to participate in the study. To participate in the survey, please proceed to the following link:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dEYzNkZyWmpGX3EtdDVMd3pLZVRCOUE6MQ#gid=0

Sincerely,

Kathie Tam, 4th Year Pharmacy Student, Principle investigator 
Dr. Hoan Linh Banh, Associate Professor, Principle investigator

Centennial magazine arriving soon
October 18, 2011

The shipping of centennial magazines has begun!

Each pharmacy should receive a shipment of magazines by Oct. 28. McKesson is generously delivering the magazines at no charge. Magazines will also be distributed through AHS facilities and PCNs around the province.

Please display the magazines prominently and encourage your customers to take a copy. For more copies, contact the ACP office.

 

Hey, did you hear the radio ad about…
October 18, 2011

The sixth wave of ACP’s public awareness campaign began yesterday. Over the next four weeks, radio, newspaper, online and clinic TV ads will make Albertans more aware of ACP’s role and will reassure them that pharmacy practice in Alberta is safe and ethical.

Note to pharmacy licensees: The ACP logo is prominently featured in all print and online ads. Therefore, please make sure your new pharmacy licence, Code of Ethics poster, and patient concern posters are highly visible. Displaying the new posters will help patients recognize your pharmacy as a safe, reliable choice. 

For copies of either poster, contact the ACP office.

Recognize excellence!
October 18, 2011

It’s time to put pen to paper - or fingers to keyboards - and get those APEX Award nominations in.

Recognizing pharmacy professionals through the APEX Awards helps identify role models, celebrate great patient care, and raise the profile of pharmacy in Alberta. Consider nominating a colleague for one of the following awards.

There are seven categories to choose from – including one new one!

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See the award categories:
 

M.J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction honours a pharmacist who has consistently demonstrated outstanding professional excellence in the practice of pharmacy over time.

 

Award of Excellence pays tribute to an Alberta pharmacist for individual outstanding achievement in the field of pharmacy. This award is granted for a single unique accomplishment thus differing in this way from the Pharmacist of Distinction Award.

 

W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Team of the Year is presented to a pharmacy staff team in Alberta who, by virtue of their practice, positively impact the health of their community.

The Awards Committee will consider how the team incorporates factors such as staffing, workflow, staff training and development, policies and procedures, technology and innovative programs to offer excellent.

 

Future of Pharmacy is presented to up to three pharmacists per year who exude enthusiasm and passion for pharmacy, are visionary, and offer extraordinary promise to the profession.

The Awards Committee will consider how each nominee has developed peer networks, participated in educational opportunities and professional development, played a part in or developed new programs, and shown involvement in their community.

 

Partners in Practice recognizes a collaborative effort between a pharmacist and one or more other non-pharmacy health professionals to optimize patient care and/or safety.

 

Friend of Pharmacy is presented to a non-pharmacist who has contributed to the success of the profession of pharmacy.

 

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia celebrates a pharmacist who has compiled an outstanding record of community service that, apart from his/her specific identification as a pharmacist, reflects well on the profession.

 

Nominations must be received at the ACP office by Dec. 9, 2011.

The APEX (Alberta Pharmacy Excellence) Awards are jointly sponsored by the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA) and the Alberta College of Pharmacists.

View the awards’ terms of reference and nominate online or download the forms from the ACP website under About ACP/APEX Awards.

FluMist®: Guidelines for administration
October 4, 2011

FluMist, a Schedule 2 product, may be administered by pharmacists in Alberta who are competent to do so.

What does “competent to do so” mean? As with any aspect of pharmacy practice, you must always use your professional judgement, only practice within your personal competencies and practice according to the standards.

In the case of administering a vaccine, regardless of the route of administration, competence includes being able to:

  • assess the appropriateness of the vaccine for each patient,
  • provide the right medication in the right dose,
  • store and handle the vaccine appropriately so that its potency is not compromised,
  • dispose of the vaccine and supplies properly so as to ensure public safety, including the safety of staff, and
  • deal with an adverse reaction, including an anaphylactic reaction.

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What are your responsibilities when administering FluMist?
 

Inform patients of choice

You have a responsibility to make patients and their families aware of the universal publically funded influenza immunization program before offering any alternative that is not included in the public program. As instructed in the Code of Ethics, all pharmacists must provide each patient with any information that the patient needs to make informed decisions about their health and health care and discuss that information with the patient (Principle 2, Statement 3).

Follow standards for Schedule 2 products

A pharmacist who sells a Schedule 2 drug must ensure that an appropriate entry is made in the patient’s record (Standard 18.2). Documentation must include the:

(a) name of the patient for whom the drug was dispensed or sold
(b) the date the drug was sold
(c) the name, strength, and dosage form of the drug sold
(d) the DIN of the drug sold
(e) the quantity of drug sold
(f) a unique prescription or transaction number
(g) identification of the selling pharmacist

In addition, make a record of any drugs administered as part of the record of care. For a list of information to consider, see the information that is required when administering a drug by injection in Appendix A of the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians.  

Be prepared

FluMist is a live vaccine and it is not administered in the same way as other nasal sprays. Thorough preparation is warranted before adding it to your practice. To help you prepare, refer to the following resources:

  • Recommendations for anaphylaxis management
  • FluMist product monograph
  • AHS Influenza Immunization Info for Health Care Professionals
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Q’s and A’s (Note: this is an American website)
  • Alberta Influenza Immunization Program Resource Guide for Alberta Pharmacists
  • Cold Chain Management

Note: Although FluMist is a Schedule 2 product, it is to b

Centennial magazine arriving soon
October 4, 2011

A collector-worthy publication highlighting Alberta pharmacy achievements over the last century will soon be arriving on your pharmacy doorstep.

The magazine will help your patients learn about the profession’s rich past, celebrate our present milestone, and look forward to the future of pharmacy in Alberta.

Each pharmacy should expect a shipment of magazines between Oct. 13 and 28. McKesson has generously offered to deliver the magazines at no charge. Magazines will also be distributed through AHS facilities and PCNs around the province.

Please display the magazines prominentl

Boot up your skills
October 4, 2011

The Practice Skills: Boot camp course has been designed to help you boost your patient assessment and documentation skills. It runs from the end of Oct. 2011 to the beginning of Jan. 2012 and includes a one-and-a-half day workshop (Nov. 4 and 5, 2011) and two assignments.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 7, 2011
Click here for course details

PEBC assessors needed for Nov. 5 OSCE
October 4, 2011

Pharmacist assessors are needed for the PEBC OSCE on Sat., Nov. 5 in Calgary.

Details, eligibility requirements and the Response Form

ACP council meeting in October
September 20, 2011

ACP council is holding a council meeting in conjunction with a council development session co-facilitated by Banff Executive Leadership and the Pacific Center for Leadership in Banff Oct. 5 to 7. The council meeting agenda will be posted on the ACP website next week.

Council business meetings are open to all registrants. If you plan to attend, please contact:

Leslie Ainslie 
Phone: 780-990-0321 or toll-free 1-877-227-3838 
Email: leslie.ainslie@pharmacists.ab.ca

 

PEBC assessors needed for Nov. 5 OSCE
September 20, 2011

harmacist assessors are needed for the PEBC OSCE on Sat., Nov. 5 in Calgary.

Being an assessor is both personally and professionally rewarding. Assessors play an invaluable role in maintaining the integrity of the licensing process, meeting the needs of the public and upholding the standards of the profession.

Details, eligibility requirements and the Response Form

 

Practice Skills: Boot camp
September 20, 2011

This Practice Development course has been designed to help you boost your patient assessment and documentation skills. It runs from the end of Oct.  2011 to the beginning of Jan. 2012 and includes a one-and-a-half day workshop (Nov. 4 and 5, 2011) and two assignments.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 7, 2011
Click here for course details

Seasonal influenza information updated
September 20, 2011
The seasonal influenza section of ACP's website has been updated and now includes links to new AHS resources, including their new monthly Influenza Immunization newsletter.
Update your look for fall
September 20, 2011

Visits have revealed that not every pharmacy has updated their patient concerns and Code of Ethics posters.  New copies, featuring the new ACP branding, were mailed to all pharmacies this spring.

Please display the updated documents. The public awareness campaign that starts in October will feature them. Displaying the new posters will help patients recognize your pharmacy as a safe, reliable choice. 

For copies of either poster, contact the ACP office.

 

Methadone course coming soon
September 6, 2011

Methadone Maintenance and Treatment - Introduction to Clinical Practice
Sat., Oct. 15
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Room 134, TELUS Centre, U of A

For information and to register go to http://www.cpl.ualberta.ca/Home/Events/workshops.cfm

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Learning objectives:
 
  • Understand the medical model of addiction.
  • Become familiar with the unique pharmacology of methadone.
  • Develop decision making skills essential to safe and effective methadone treatment.
  • Develop ability to manage stable MMT patients.
  • Appreciate the value of sensitivity, understanding and commitment in the delivery of addictions medicine in clinical practice.
  • Receive the prerequisite knowledge for receiving further training on MMT initiation and management of the unstable patient.
  • Understand the staged care approach of MMT in Alberta and roles of the treatment team members.
  • Increased awareness of the Standards and Guidelines for Methadone Maintenance Treatment in Alberta.
Edmonton pharmacist wins U of A award
September 6, 2011

ACP congratulates Jeff Whissell. Jeff is receiving a U of A Alumni Honour Award on Sept. 22. The award recognizes the significant contributions made over a number of years by alumni in their local communities and beyond.

Jeff has been a champion for pharmacy as a president of ACP, through his work with AHS, and now as RxA’s Director of Pharmacy Practice. Read more about Jeff and the other alumni winners in New Trail magazine.

For ceremony info and tickets, contact Alumni Affairs by Sept. 15th. Tickets are free.

PEBC assessors needed for Nov. 5 OSCE
September 6, 2011

Pharmacist assessors are needed for the PEBC OSCE on Sat., Nov. 5 in Calgary.

Being an assessor is both personally and professionally rewarding. Assessors play an invaluable role in maintaining the integrity of the licensing process, meeting the needs of the public and upholding the standards of the profession.

Details, eligibility requirements and the Response Form:

 

 

Standards printing delayed
September 6, 2011

Registrants have sought clarity about drug repackaging. When council meets on Oct. 7, they will discuss ways to clarify what drug repackaging means in contrast to dispensing. Therefore, we will delay printing of the standards pending the outcome of council’s discussion.

Changes to the standards themselves are not anticipated and the current standards remain in effect.

What’s your opinion on complementary and alternative medicines?
August 23, 2011

Kathie Tam, a fourth-year U of A pharmacy student, is surveying Alberta pharmacists on their attitudes toward Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and complementary and alternative medicines (CAM).

Click here to take the survey

>>

Read the letter of invitation:
 

Dear Pharmacists: 
My name is Kathie Tam; I am a fourth year pharmacy student at the University of Alberta. As a requirement of my elective course PHARM 498, I have chosen to conduct a survey on the attitudes toward Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) among pharmacists in Alberta.

This survey is important as it has been reported that up to two-thirds of Chinese immigrants in Alberta used CAM in conjugation with western medicine. Especially, since Chinese has been considered the largest visible minority in Canada and that Chinese immigrants remain one of the top three ethnic groups immigrated to Alberta, CAM is an indispensable aspect for healthcare provider in Alberta and Canada to consider when interacting with patients. The survey outcomes will enable the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to assess the necessity to incorporate this component to the current pharmacy curriculum.

Your participation in the survey is voluntary. If you changed your mind after you have agreed to take part in the study, simply exit the survey. You can say no to any of the questions in the survey; this may prevent you from proceeding with the survey. You may stop the study at any time. However, once the survey is completed, it is impossible to withdraw from the study since the survey is anonymous.

The risks involved in the study are minimal. All data are stored securely according to the Google Document® website policy which can be found at http://www.google.com/security.html. Please note that data collected is subject to the Patriot Act as the servers are United States based. Once data are extracted from Google Document®, they will be securely stored in a password protected laptop in a locked office at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta. We will keep all data for at least five years in accordance with university policy.

This study has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta.

If you have any questions about the study at any time, Please feel free to contact: 
Kathie Tam, 4th Year Pharmacy Student, kathie@ualberta.ca 
Dr. Hoan Linh Banh, Associate Professor, University of Alberta, hbanh@pharmacy.ualberta.ca, (780) 492-6577

By proceeding with the survey, it is implied that you have given informed consent to participate in the study. To participate in the survey, please proceed to the following link:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dEYzNkZyWmpGX3EtdDVMd3pLZVRCOUE6MQ#gid=0

Sincerely,

Kathie Tam, 4th Year Pharmacy Student, Principle investigator 
Dr. Hoan Linh Banh, Associate Professor, Principle investigator

Audits of Professional Declarations: 2011
August 23, 2011

In September, ACP will commence this year’s Audits of Professional Declarations, so watch your mail! This year we are conducting audits on ten percent of practicing pharmacists.

Pharmacists selected for Audit of Professional Declarations must submit the required documents within 30 days of receiving their audit notification.

Originally published in the September 23, 2011 issue of The Link. 

Link archives now easier to search
August 23, 2011

Looking for an article from a past edition of The Link? Our directory of archived e-newsletters now features a table of contents for each newsletter so you can pinpoint specific articles.

View past editions of The Link, sorted by date, on the ACP website under News & Events/ACP newsletters/The Link.

You have questions? We have resources
August 23, 2011

The release of new standards on July 1 was a good reminder of how important it is to keep up-to-date on practice requirements. We at ACP appreciate the effort this takes and want to help you keep your practice safe and current. To that end, we maintain an extensive set of resources on the ACP website.

If you don’t find the answer to your question on the ACP website, you have other options. For non-urgent questions, you can email acpinfo@pharmacists.ab.ca  (please include your phone number). Your question will then be forwarded to the most appropriate ACP staff. You may also email an ACP staff member directly. The staff contact list is at Contact Us/ACP Staff.

If you question is more urgent, you may call ACP’s pharmacist-on-call. Each day, one of ACP’s pharmacists is on call to help with your practice puzzlers.   

For questions directly related to your pharmacy assessment, please contact the Professional Practice Consultant who conducted your assessment.

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Working the ACP website:
 

Logging on to pharmacists.ab.ca may be the missing piece to many of your practice puzzles.

Check out the About ACP section to learn more about the college, your council, and ACP and APEX award winners.

Look through the For the Public section to help with answers to patient questions.

Peruse the information in Complaints Resolution to better understand the complaints process.

If you are looking for information about CEs, or want to refer to an article from a past issue of acpnews, The Link, Transition Times, heads up!, or DUE Quarterly, look under the News & Events tab.

The Registration & Licensure section takes the guesswork out of registering for or renewing your practice permit or licensing a pharmacy.

The Continuing Competence pages contain everything you need to know to complete your CPD plan, maintain your learning portfolio, or prepare for a competence assessment.

Click on the Practice Resources tab to find information about standards, provincial and federal legislation, drug schedules and practice guidelines. You’ll also find info sheets and posters you can use in your pharmacy.

Under the Prescriber Lists tab, you’ll not only find authorized prescriber information for many other health professions, but forgery alerts and a list of stolen of missing TPPs.

Do you compound and repackage? You need an updated form
August 9, 2011

Pharmacies that compound or repackage drugs to be dispensed through other community pharmacies must have:

-a compounding and repackaging licence, and

-an agreement in the form approved by council with each community pharmacy to which they provide services.

Council recently amended the agreement form. If you hold a compounding and repackaging pharmacy licence, or if you operate a licensed pharmacy and hold an agreement with a compounding and repackaging pharmacy, please review and update your agreement using the amended form to ensure that it is current. 

You can download the updated form from ACP’s website under Registration & Licensure/Pharmacies.

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Do not dilute compounds
 

Products prepared at compounding and repackaging pharmacies cannot be further compounded or manipulated at a community pharmacy.

A compounding and repackaging licence and agreement authorizes you to compound a drug for or on behalf of the community pharmacy only if the community pharmacy holds a valid prescription for that drug or has a reasonable expectation of receiving a valid prescription for a patient for that drug in the immediate future.

This does not including preparing bulk compounds that are diluted or further compounded at the community pharmacy before dispensing (e.g., diluting 10% diclofenac gel to 5%). Preparation of products for which there is no prescription or no reasonable expectation of a prescription is considered manufacturing. Manufacturing is a commercial activity that is regulated under the Food and Drugs Actand its Regulations, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and other federal legislation.

New Chat, Check, and Chart tool card available
August 9, 2011

ACP has updated the Chat, Check, and Chart tool to better help you with patient assessment and documentation. You may download a copy from the Practice Resources/Info sheets & posters section of the ACP website.

If you have any questions, please contact an ACP Pharmacy Practice Consultant:

Vic Kalinka - vic.kalinka@pharmacists.ab.ca

Mark Palyniak - mark.palyniak@pharmacists.ab.ca

Jennifer Voice - jennifer.voice@pharmacists.ab.ca  

Assessors needed for Professional Portfolios
August 9, 2011

Thank you to the pharmacists who have already submitted their applications! However, ACP still needs more pharmacists to assess Professional Portfolios.

We are looking for pharmacists who are willing to employ the principles of valid, fair, and reliable assessments as taught in the workshop and who can apply the grading procedure fairly and objectively.

If you are interested
Complete the application and return it to our office by email (Anne.Rothery@pharmacists.ab.ca) or fax (780-990-0328) no later than 8:00 a.m., Monday, August 15, 2011.

Once we have selected the assessors, we’ll set a date for the training workshop. The final selection of assessors will not take place until after the training workshop. 

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All the details:
 

Work involved

  • Two-day training workshop in Edmonton in late September, and
  • Optional assessment of portfolios remotely at your home via a secure online process. (The volume of this work is unknown at this time as it depends on how many pharmacists submit Professional Portfolios and how many assessors we contract.)

Compensation 
ACP per diem of $368/day x 2 days for in-person training workshop plus contract rate of $53.00/hour for assessments done at home. All expenses such as travel, accommodation and meals for in-person meetings, and courier costs for returning assessed portfolios to ACP will be paid.

Other benefits

  • Develop your assessment skills,
  • Learn more about different types of pharmacy practices,
  • Discover different types of learning activities,
  • Be inspired by other pharmacists’ practices,
  • Contribute to the profession,
  • See the ‘inner workings’ of the Competence Assessment program, and
  • Get to hang out with keen pharmacists such as yourself!

If you would like to know more about the Professional Portfolio, so you know what you would be getting into, check out these resources:

  • online RxCEL Competence Assessment Tutorial (F11 to get full-screen)
  • Competence Assessment Handbook

  • Sample Practice Enhancement records: Sample #1, Sample #2

 

Tapentadol being added to TPP Medication List
July 26, 2011

Effective August 1, 2011

Tapentadol (trade name: Nucynta®) will be added to the Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP) Medication List on August 1, 2011.

Revised TPP Medication List

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What is tapentadol?
 

Tapentadol is an opioid analgesic used to treat moderate and chronic nociceptive and neuropathic pain. Approved by Health Canada in December 2010, the drug has been available for use in Canada since March 2011.

Due to its potential for psychological and physical dependence (similar to morphine), Health Canada has included tapentadol as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act. This should help prevent the potential for trafficking and abuse while allowing its availability for legitimate medical reasons.

What do I do with a triplicate prescription that is not filled right away?
July 26, 2011

The Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP) rules for handling deferred triplicate prescriptions have not changed despite any reports or information inadvertently communicated by the TPP to the contrary.

A pharmacist must log or fill a triplicate prescription within 72 hours of it being written. Once the prescription has been logged, filling the prescription can be deferred.

If a triplicate is not to be filled right away, enter the date it was received at the pharmacy, and write "deferred" on the prescription.

Send the triplicate prescription form to the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) after it has been logged.

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REMINDER: Weekly mailing mandatory
 
Ensure that you mail all your completed TPP forms to CPSA every week. This is a mandatory component of the TPP and failure to comply may result in referral to the ACP Complaints Director.

To get return envelopes from ACP:

  • Call 1-877-227-3838 or 780-990-0321
  • Fax: 780-990-0328
  • Email: customerservice@pharmacists.ab.ca
Assessors needed for Professional Portfolios
July 26, 2011

ACP needs pharmacists to assess Professional Portfolios.

Work involved

  • Two-day training workshop in Edmonton in mid- to late-September, and
  • Optional assessment of portfolios remotely at your home via a secure online process.

We are looking for pharmacists who are willing to employ the principles of valid, fair, and reliable assessments as taught in the workshop and who can apply the grading procedure fairly and objectively.

>>

Compensation and benefit details:
 

Compensation 
ACP per diem of $368/day x 2 days for in-person training workshop plus contract rate of $53.00/hour for assessments done at home. All expenses such as travel, accommodation and meals for in-person meetings, and courier costs for returning assessed portfolios to ACP will be paid.

Other benefits

  • Develop your assessment skills,
  • Learn more about different types of pharmacy practices,
  • Discover different types of learning activities,
  • Be inspired by other pharmacists’ practices,
  • Contribute to the profession,
  • See the ‘inner workings’ of the Competence Assessment program, and
  • Get to hang out with keen pharmacists such as yourself!

If you are interested
Complete the application and return it to our office by email (Anne.Rothery@pharmacists.ab.ca) or fax (780-990-0328) ASAP.

Once we have a critical mass, we’ll set a date for the training workshop.

If you would like to know more about the Professional Portfolio, so you know what you would be getting into, check out these resources:

  • online RxCEL Competence Assessment Tutorial (F11 to get full-screen)
  • Competence Assessment Handbook
     
Presidential visits slated for north-western Alberta
July 26, 2011
President Anjli Acharya, Past President Donna Galvin and Registrar Greg Eberhart will be visiting some pharmacies in north-western Alberta in early August. ACP’s council is committed to engaging with registrants, and this is just one of the ways we will be collecting your views. We look forward to hearing from pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to assist us in continuously improving practice and practice conditions.
Seasonal influenza information updated
July 26, 2011

The seasonal influenza section of ACP’s website has been updated and now includes links to new AHS resources, including their new monthly Influenza Immunization newsletter.

 

 

 

What’s your opinion on complementary and alternative medicines?
July 26, 2011

Kathie Tam, a fourth-year U of A pharmacy student, is surveying Alberta pharmacists on their attitudes toward Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and complementary and alternative medicines (CAM).

Click here to take the survey

>>

Read the letter of invitation:
 

Dear Pharmacists: 
My name is Kathie Tam; I am a fourth year pharmacy student at the University of Alberta. As a requirement of my elective course PHARM 498, I have chosen to conduct a survey on the attitudes toward Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) among pharmacists in Alberta.

This survey is important as it has been reported that up to two-thirds of Chinese immigrants in Alberta used CAM in conjugation with western medicine. Especially, since Chinese has been considered the largest visible minority in Canada and that Chinese immigrants remain one of the top three ethnic groups immigrated to Alberta, CAM is an indispensable aspect for healthcare provider in Alberta and Canada to consider when interacting with patients. The survey outcomes will enable the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to assess the necessity to incorporate this component to the current pharmacy curriculum.

Your participation in the survey is voluntary. If you changed your mind after you have agreed to take part in the study, simply exit the survey. You can say no to any of the questions in the survey; this may prevent you from proceeding with the survey. You may stop the study at any time. However, once the survey is completed, it is impossible to withdraw from the study since the survey is anonymous.

The risks involved in the study are minimal. All data are stored securely according to the Google Document® website policy which can be found at http://www.google.com/security.html. Please note that data collected is subject to the Patriot Act as the servers are United States based. Once data are extracted from Google Document®, they will be securely stored in a password protected laptop in a locked office at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta. We will keep all data for at least five years in accordance with university policy.

This study has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta.

If you have any questions about the study at any time, Please feel free to contact: 
Kathie Tam, 4th Year Pharmacy Student, kathie@ualberta.ca 
Dr. Hoan Linh Banh, Associate Professor, University of Alberta, hbanh@pharmacy.ualberta.ca, (780) 492-6577

By proceeding with the survey, it is implied that you have given informed consent to participate in the study. To participate in the survey, please proceed to the following link:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dEYzNkZyWmpGX3EtdDVMd3pLZVRCOUE6MQ#gid=0

Sincerely,

Kathie Tam, 4th Year Pharmacy Student, Principle investigator 
Dr. Hoan Linh Banh, Associate Professor, Principle investigator

Side effects pictogram survey
July 26, 2011

Pictograms are a useful tool to communicate health information to people with language barriers or limited health literacy levels. The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Algonquin College in Ottawa, has developed a series of pictograms that describe common side effects to medications.

To help them understand which pictogram is best understood in different areas of the world, they invite you to participate in a short survey (10-15 minutes).
  
Participate now, by going to:

English: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sideeffectspictograms_english
Français: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sideeffectspictograms_francais
Español: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sideeffectspictograms_espanol
Link to paper version to print and mail/fax: www.fip.org/files/fip/survey/SideEffectsEnglish.pdf    

New standards in effect
July 12, 2011

To accommodate the regulation of pharmacy technicians which came into effect on July 1, 2011, ACP introduced the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians and Standards for the Operation of Licensed Pharmacies.

Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

Summary of changes from 2007 standards for pharmacists

Standards for the Operation of Licensed Pharmacies

Summary of changes from 2007 standards for pharmacies

NOTE: Pharmacy technician when used in these standards refers to individuals who are regulated by ACP. That is, they are registered on the pharmacy technician register, the provisional pharmacy technician register or the courtesy technician register.

These standards were developed in consultation with pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other stakeholders. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians were required to begin practising under these standards on July 1, 2011.

Originally published in the July 12, 2011, issue of The Link

 

Centennial conference photos online
July 12, 2011

To relive that great May weekend – or see what you missed – check out the photos from the Centennial Conference on the centennial website.

 

Meet your new ACP council
July 12, 2011

The new council of the Alberta College of Pharmacists began their term on July 1. Learn more about council members by visiting the About ACP/Council/Current Council section of our website.

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Introducing your president:
 
ACP President Anjli Acharya works at a travel clinic in Calgary, where she uses her authorizations to administer drugs by injection and prescribe to help her patients have safe and healthy journeys.

By modeling expanded patient care and overseeing ACP as it begins to regulate pharmacy technicians, Anjli will further ACP’s work to ensure pharmacy professionals can practice to their full scope and deliver safe, effective pharmacy care to help people achieve better health. 

You can email Anjli at anjli.acharya@pharmacists.ab.ca. You can contact any councillor via ACP’s website under About ACP/Council/Ask your councillor.
Upcoming pharmacy practice and operations assessment?
July 12, 2011

If you have received notice of an upcoming pharmacy practice and operations assessment, there are a few simple steps you should follow to make the process easier and more beneficial for you and your staff.

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How to prepare for an assessment:
 
  1. Complete the Self-Assessment
    Within 15 days of receiving the letter, the licensee must complete the Pharmacy Practice and Operations Self-Assessment that is included with the notification. This allows for valuable self-reflection on your current operations and your compliance with the Standards of Practice. Keep the completed self-assessment handy as your Pharmacy Practice Consultant (PPC) will refer to it during the assessment.
     
  2. Share the Self-Assessment location and content with your pharmacists
    Please ensure that all pharmacists know where the completed self-assessment is located and are aware of the policies and procedures specific to your pharmacy’s practice and operations so that they are capable of reviewing the components of the self-assessment with the PPC during the on-site assessment. The PPC will conduct the assessment 15-120 days from the date of the notification of assessment. Pharmacy assessments are unscheduled and may be conducted with any licensed pharmacist, including a relief pharmacist. 
     
  3. Correct deficiencies within 30 days
    During the assessment, the PPC will identify any practice or operational deficiencies and/or practice recommendations. These will be noted on a three-part assessment reply form. If any deficiencies are identified, the licensee has 30 days to correct these deficiencies. 
    The licensee must ensure that:
            a) these deficiencies are corrected, 
            b) the professional declaration at the bottom of the form is dated and signed, and 
            c) the yellow copy of the form sent to ACP within the 30-day period.

    Please note that it is unlawful to sign a false declaration; therefore, please ensure all deficiencies are corrected before signing the form. You may contact your PPC for clarification about a particular deficiency.
     
  4. Involve your team
    Please involve your pharmacy team in preparing for the assessment, correcting any identified deficiencies, and implementing practice recommendations. Each pharmacy team member is important to the practice and operations of the pharmacy.
     
  5. Prepare for follow up
    Each pharmacy will receive an unscheduled follow-up visit 3-6 months following their pharmacy assessment. During this visit, the PPC will review the deficiencies identified during the previous assessment(s), address additional practice topics and help implement recommendations.
     
  6. Share your feedback
    Please remember to complete and send in the Pharmacy Practice and Operations Assessment Evaluation (yellow form). Your feedback is essential to the ongoing improvement of ACP’s processes.
New study guide for pharmacy technicians
July 12, 2011
The study guide for the Pharmacy Technician Ethics and Jurisprudence exam is now available on our website. To challenge this exam candidates must be a registrant on the provisional pharmacy technician register. Visit the technician registration page for more information about the registration process. Exam booking opening soon.
Practice Skills: Monitoring drug therapy using laboratory values
July 12, 2011
This Practice Development course focuses on helping you to integrate laboratory values in the management of your patients’ medication. It runs from the end of August to the end of November, 2011 and includes a one day workshop (September 30) online modules (activities, presentations, and discussions), as well as a four-part assignment.

Click here for course details.

Registration Deadline: August 10, 2011
New pharmacy jobs open at U of A
July 12, 2011

Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor (Edmonton) 
This individual will have oversight and teaching responsibilities in the Clinical Skills Labs and will also serve as Director of Assessment. Applications will be reviewed beginning July 15, 2011. For details, go to http://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A105514261/.

Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor (Calgary) 
Primary accountabilities will include developing student pharmacist experiential rotations and teaching. Applications will be reviewed beginning August 15, 2011. For details, go to http://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A105514700/.

Practice Skills: Monitoring drug therapy using laboratory values
June 28, 2011

This Practice Development course focuses on helping you to integrate laboratory values in the management of your patients’ medication. It runs from the end of August to the end of November, 2011 and includes a one day workshop (September 30) online modules (activities, presentations, and discussions), as well as a four-part assignment. 

Click here for course details.

Registration Deadline: August 10, 2011

Why is pharmacy technician becoming a restricted title?
June 28, 2011

As of July 1, 2011, individuals (including pharmacy technician program graduates) may not refer to themselves as pharmacy technicians unless they are registered on the appropriate register with ACP.

They can indicate that they have graduated from a pharmacy technician training program, or that they hold a certificate or diploma. This provides recognition of academic achievement, but does not denote professional or regulated status.

It is the same for pharmacists. Only individuals registered on ACP’s clinical or courtesy register can refer to themselves as a pharmacist. New graduates cannot call themselves pharmacists until they are registered on the appropriate register. The majority of them will be registered on ACP’s provisional register, during which time they can call themselves pharmacy interns or pharmacist interns.

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Where does this rule come from?
 

The title protection comes directly from legislation. The principles of restricted activities, defined scopes of practice, and restricted titles are the cornerstones to public protection within the Health Professions Act. Restricted titles are important to providing as much clarity to the public as possible about the health professionals caring for them.

Section 28(5) of the Health Professions Act, which applies to all regulated health professions, restricts the use of title, stating:

(5) No person other than
(a) a regulated member shall use a title, abbreviation or initials set out in Section 2 of a schedule to this Act alone or in combination with other words in a manner that states or implies that the person is a regulated member of the college to which Section 2 of the schedule refers…

Section 2 of Schedule 19 of the HPA addresses titles that may be used by regulated members of ACP, and the regulation further restricts these titles to specific membership categories. Section 15.1 of the new regulation that comes into effect July 1 restricts the title of pharmacy technician. 

Registration now open for ADAPT
June 28, 2011

ADAPT, a comprehensive learning experience that supports pharmacists in putting their knowledge and skills into practice, is launching Canada-wide. This 19-week CE course is designed specifically for practising pharmacists, and uses interactive online learning, supportive moderators, and plenty of peer interaction to enhance pharmacists’ skills.

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Learn more about ADAPT:
 

The ADAPT course has 7 online modules, each lasting 2–4 weeks. Modules will typically open on a Wednesday and close on a Tuesday. The entire course will take 19–20 weeks (including a 1–2 week break, depending on time of year). Students can expect to spend 4–5 hours on ADAPT each week.

ADAPT course materials were collaboratively developed by the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and the CPhA-CSHP Primary Care Pharmacy Specialty Network.

Registration is now open for the inaugural session, running August 3 – December 13, 2011. Positions are limited. Special pricing is available for different audiences.

Visit www.pharmacists.ca/adapt for the ADAPT course prospectus, pricing, and registration information.

ACP is moving
June 14, 2011

ACP is moving to College Plaza! Effective June 21, our new address will be:
1100-8215 112 St. NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8
T: (780) 990-0321 / 1-877-227-3838
F: (780) 990-0328

The ACP office will open for limited operations on Fri., June 17 and closed Mon., June 20. On Tues., June 21, we’ll be open for business in our new location.

Our servers will be disconnected during the move. Therefore, online services such as the CPD log and competence assessment tools and tutorials may be unavailable between June 17th and 21st.

Technician regulation official July 1
June 14, 2011

This is very exciting news, but please keep in mind it doesn’t come into effect until July 1. Even then, only regulated pharmacy technicians (i.e., individuals officially registered on ACP’s pharmacy technician register) may practise under indirect supervision.

For details and answers to frequently asked questions, review the special notice ACP sent on May 27.

Transition reminders

  • After July 1, 2011, only those individuals on an ACP technician register may call themselves a pharmacy technician.
  • A pharmacist must still assess patients and EVERY prescription to ensure the appropriateness of the drug therapy and must counsel patients.
Congratulations Class of 2011
June 14, 2011
ACP welcomed the newest group of pharmacists to the profession by hosting the annual Grad Breakfast on June 8. We wish you all the best and look forward to supporting you throughout your practice.
APEX Award videos now online
June 14, 2011

Video clips of the 2011 APEX Award winners are now on the ACP website. The APEX Awards, jointly sponsored by ACP and RxA, celebrate excellence in pharmacy practice in Alberta.

Take a few moments to be inspired. The clips are each about three minutes long and you can view them using Windows Media Player which you can download for free.

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Who won?
 

M.J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction – view video
Diane Miller
Pharmacist/Manager; Health Select Pharmacy; Calgary, AB

W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Award – view video
Loblaw Pharmacy #4009
Nabil Fanous, Manager; Beaumont, AB

Award of Excellence – view video
Nese Yuksel
Associate Professor, U of A; credentialed menopause practitioner; Edmonton, AB

Partners in Practice – view video
Cardiac Transplant Team, U of A/Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute; Edmonton, AB
Team Leader: Glen Pearson

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia – view video
Dr. Tania Mysak
Clinical Practice Manager, North & Experiential Education; Alberta Health Services - Pharmacy Services; U of A; Edmonton, AB

Future of Pharmacy
Arden Barry
Clinical Post-Doctoral Fellow in Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapeutics; U of A; Edmonton, AB

Brett Baumback
Pharmacist; Rexall Myros Pharmacy; Edmonton, AB

Candace Necyk
Pharmacist; Sobeys Pharmacy Group; Edmonton, AB

Vi Becker reappointed to ACP council
May 31, 2011

We are happy to report that Vi Becker has been reappointed for a second 3-year term as a public member on ACP’s council. ACP’s mandate is to protect the health and well-being of the public, so it is critical to have the public voice included in decision making.

 

Centennial Conference a success
May 31, 2011
Thanks to all the delegates, speakers organizers and sponsors who made the ACP/RxA Centennial Conference such a success. Jasper Park Lodge’s beautiful setting just added to the great conversations, engaging sessions, and celebrations. Look to the upcoming issue of acpnews for photos and details.
Technician regulation official July 1
May 31, 2011

What a centennial present! The announcement at the college’s AGM that regulatory amendments to regulate pharmacy technicians would officially come to Alberta on July 1, 2011 was the icing on the Centennial Conference cake.

This is very exciting news, but please keep in mind it doesn’t come into effect until July 1. Even then, only regulated pharmacy technicians (i.e., individuals who have met all the requirements and are officially registered on ACP’s pharmacy technician register) may practise under indirect supervision.

For details and answers to frequently asked questions, review the special notice ACP sent on May 27.

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Transition reminders:
 

After July 1, 2011, the title of “pharmacy technicians” is restricted to individuals registered as pharmacy technicians with ACP.

A pharmacist must still assess EVERY prescription and every patient to ensure treatment is appropriate for the patient and must counsel all patients to support them in pursuing their health goals.

New century. New look. New address.
May 31, 2011

ACP is celebrating pharmacy’s centennial with two big changes: a new visual identity and a new address.

To reflect ACP’s rich history and progressive outlook, we’ve updated our look. The deep purple and phi [φ], the first letter of the Greek word pharmakon (pharmacy), celebrate pharmacy’s past. The modern a reflects ACP’s innovative leadership, which enables high standards of pharmacy practice. We introduced our new brand at our AGM and will be rolling out our complete new look in conjunction with our move. Speaking of which...

ACP is moving to College Plaza! Effective June 21, our new address will be:
1100-8215 112 St. NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8
T: (780) 990-0321 / 1-877-227-3838
F: (780) 990-0328

The ACP office will open for limited operations on Fri., June 17 and closed Mon., June 20. On Tues., June 21, we’ll be open for business in our new location. Our servers will be disconnected during the move; therefore, online services such as the CPD log and competence assessment tools and tutorials may be unavailable between June 17th and 21st.

Providing pharmacy services for displaced Slave Lake residents
May 17, 2011

Due to the fires and resulting evacuations, many individuals will be seeking temporary pharmacy services from other Alberta pharmacies. 

ACP understands that this may significantly increase your workload, and we appreciate all your efforts to help your colleagues and their patients during this difficult time.

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What you need to know:
 

When providing care for a temporarily displaced patient, please:

1. Check Netcare to confirm the patient’s health history and determine appropriateness.

  • ACP has confirmed that Slave Lake pharmacists have been diligent in uploading dispensing records, so patient information should be very current.

2. Follow the standards for adapting and prescribing in an emergency (Standards 12 and 13). Specifically, the pharmacist must:

  • personally see and assess the patient,
  • obtain sufficient information about the patient’s health status and disease or condition to make the decision to prescribe,
  • assess whether the prescription will cause a drug-related problem,
  • be satisfied that the prescription will not place the patient at increased risk, and
  • follow up and appropriately monitor the response to the drug prescribed.

3. As the duration of this emergency situation is unknown, consider providing patients an amount of medication up to the amount of their last dispensed event. This, of course, must be based on your assessment of the patient.

4. Communicate your actions back to the patient’s other health care providers as soon as possible.

ACP annual general meeting this Sunday
May 17, 2011

Beauvert Room, Jasper Park Lodge
NOTE TIME CHANGE - doors open at 8:30, breakfast at 9 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m.

Special guest speaker: The Honourable Gene Zwozdesky, Minister of Health and Wellness.

The 2011 agenda and 2010 draft minutes are posted on the ACP website.

You can still register* for the AGM and the Centennial Conference by using the link on ACP's website.    

*You must pre-register if you would like to receive brunch at the meeting (cost: $52.50); however, there is no cost to attend the AGM.

Centennial conference update
May 17, 2011

To celebrate this landmark year, RxA and ACP are hosting the Centennial Conference at the Jasper Park Lodge this Friday and Saturday.

CCCEP accreditation confirmed: Conference delegates can earn up to 6 CEUs at the conference and another 3 by attending a pre-conference session.

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Delegate - don't forget...
 
  • Don’t forget to pack your...
  • “Dress a Decade” duds – Friday night, dress in period clothing from your favourite decade. Whether it be a fedora from the 30s, tie-dye from the 60s or leg warmers from the 80s, help us kickoff the Centennial Conference with flair! 
  • Pharmacy wear - On Saturday, sport your past pharmacy conference t-shirts, buttons, hats or any suitable pharmacy-themed garb to inject some fun into the sessions.
  • Gala garments - Saturday night, bring on the bling in cocktail or business formal wear for the wine and cheese reception and gala dinner.
  • Check out updated session offerings. Visit http://pharmacy100.ab.ca/conference.html to view the updated conference schedule.
  • RSVP for shuttle service. If you will be requiring shuttle service from the Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites or the Coast Pyramid Lake Resort, please contact Jody Johnson at 780.990.0326 or email jody.johnson@rxa.ca.
Pharmacy centennial recognized in legislature
May 17, 2011

Thursday, May 12, was already a significant day in the legislature, but one announcement made it even more special for pharmacy.

Gene Zwozdesky, Minister of Health and Wellness, extended congratulations on pharmacy's centennial. He noted the profession's many contributions to the health of Albertans and their communities.

He passed along best wishes to all, saying, “I know that everyone here wants to extend along with me a very sincere congratulations first of all to the Alberta College of Pharmacists, secondly to the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association, and, of course, to all pharmacists for a century of outstanding service to Albertans.”

Rules for pharmacy students administering injections
May 17, 2011

If you are hiring a pharmacy student for the summer, keep in mind that U of A pharmacy students who have just completed third or fourth year may only administer drugs by injection, including immunizations, IF:

  • they successfully completed the injections training program at the U of A Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and
  • they are working under the direct supervision of a pharmacist who has injections authorization from ACP; and
  • they are working within a structured practical training (SPT) program (i.e., U of A rotations, post-grad hours), or extracurricular student work experience.

Unstructured extracurricular hours spent working in a pharmacy are not eligible as SPT. Students must notify ACP of any extracurricular activities being undertaken as a student pharmacist by completing and forwarding the Extracurricular Student Work Experience Notification Form to the ACP office.

2011 Canadian hypertension guidelines released
May 17, 2011

The Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) has issued the 2011 Canadian hypertension guidelines, to update the previous guidelines published in 2010.

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2011 CHEP Key Messages:
 

1. Assess blood pressure at all appropriate visits.

2. Promote a healthy lifestyle to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease at each visit with interventions to reduce high dietary sodium, for smoking cessation, to reduce abdominal obesity, to promote a healthy weight, to increase physical activity and to manage dyslipidemia and dysglycemia.

3. Treat blood pressure to less than 140/90 mmHg in most people and to less than 130/80 mmHg in people with diabetes or chronic kidney disease using a combination of drugs and lifestyle modifications.

4. Advocate for healthy public policies to prevent hypertension and advance the health of patients and populations.

5. Keep up to date with resources for the prevention and control of hypertension by registering at www.htnupdate.ca and downloading and ordering tools at www.hypertension.ca/tools.

Centennial conference less than 3 weeks away!
May 3, 2011

Gorgeous setting, inspiring speakers, educational sessions, and gala celebrations with over 200 of your colleagues – all yours for one quick online registration! Don’t miss the conference of the century.

Note that there have been some changes to the program. View the updated program at http://pharmacy100.ab.ca/conference.html. Register at www.buksa.com.

Can I fill a prescription from…
May 3, 2011

ACP has fielded many questions from pharmacists asking if they can fill prescriptions written by naturopaths in British Columbia. The answer is no.

While naturopaths are authorized to prescribe in BC, the Alberta government reviewed the possibility of naturopath prescribing in this province and decided against it. Alberta pharmacists must not fill prescriptions written by prescribers not recognized in Alberta.

Schedule change – Naproxen sodium
May 3, 2011
Effective April 21:
Naproxen sodium 220 mg per oral dosage unit (when sold in products labeled with a recommended maximum daily dose of 440 mg, and in package sizes exceeding 6,600 mg) is now Schedule III (changed from Schedule II).
Have you renewed yet?
May 3, 2011

It’s registration renewal time. ACP registrants are required to renew online by May 31, 2011.

To access your online renewal, from the ACP website homepage, select Registrant profile login, log on and select the Renewal tab. Follow the tabs under Renewal for each step of the renewal process.

Pharmacy renewal forms have been mailed. Pharmacy renewals are due back by June 15, 2011.

If you have not received your pharmacy renewal forms, please contact the ACP office.

New HIA course in Edmonton
May 3, 2011

The New Health Information Act in Alberta: How Will it Impact Me?
June 16, 2011
Edmonton Petroleum Club 
11110-108 Street NW
Date: June 16, 2011
Time: 8:30-12:00
Cost: $250 + GST

Cenera’s half-day seminar will outline the basic elements of the Health Information Act and will focus on areas in the Act that introduce new or different compliance requirements for health practices and will finish off by presenting solutions and strategies for meeting these new compliance challenges.

For more information and to register, please visit the Cenera site at: 
http://www.cenera.ca/The-New-Health-Information-Act-How-will-it-Impact-Me/0/0/0/496

MyHealth.Alberta.ca launched
May 3, 2011

This week, Minister of Health and Wellness Gene Zwozdesky will officially launch MyHealth.Alberta.ca.

MyHealth is a Government of Alberta initiative in partnership with Alberta Health Services. This personal health portal is designed to assist patients in making informed health decisions. It will be promoted in health facilities across the province that provide direct interaction with patients, such as clinics, public health centers, and hospitals.

To access the site, simply enter myhealth.alberta.ca into your browser.

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Learn more about the site:
 

What type of information does the site provide?

Over 8750 health topics and a variety of online tools are available to help Albertans make important decisions about their health. Currently, this is the type of content you can find on the site:

  • Health A-Z: common health topics, topics by gender, by age and by body part, a symptom checker and other health tools. 
  • Healthy Living: information about fitness and exercise, healthy eating, healthy weight, dealing with stress, travel health, aging well, healthy kids, mental health, and sexual health. 
  • Tests and Treatments guides: why and how the test is done, how to prepare for it, how it feels, potential risks, results, what affects the test, and what to think about. 
  • Medication guides: how and how well they work, why they are used, potential side effects, and important things to keep in mind while using the medication. There is also information on the impact on children. 
  • Health services: Alberta health professionals, services and program details and locations. (The site links to ACP’s “Find a Pharmacy” service.)
  • Health Alerts: warnings about potential health issues in Alberta, restaurant inspections, and travel health advisories (information on disease outbreaks around the world). 
  • Decision tools: tools to help make a decision about a treatment option (e.g., should I get an insulin pump?) or care decision (e.g., should I breastfeed my baby?) These tools use both facts and feelings to help individuals make decisions about their health. 
  • Health checkup tools: personal calculators that can help individuals figure out how they’re doing (e.g., healthy weight, at risk for heart attack) and make lifestyle changes.

Where does the information come from?
In 2010, the Healthwise® Canadian knowledgebase was purchased to provide consumer health content for MyHealth. Healthwise® contains comprehensive and evidence-based content.

Before the Healthwise® content was added to MyHealth, it was vetted to ensure that it aligns with the Alberta health system. The MyHealth team invited 150 Alberta health care professionals to review the Healthwise® content and share it with their colleagues. These professionals are considered health practice leaders, and representatives of Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health and Wellness and the clinical community. After reviewing the content, they provided their feedback, which was either added to, or used to revise the site content.

As the MyHealth content, tools and functionality are expanded, Alberta Health and Wellness and Alberta Health Services will continue to seek feedback from Alberta health professionals. This will make sure that the site is, comprehensive, reflects current medical knowledge, and holds true to health practices in Alberta.

What’s next?
The next major development will be in 2012, allowing individuals to create their own personal health record. Albertans will be able to enter and keep track of information like: immunizations, medications, tests, blood pressure readings, weight, and family health history. Under a secure username and password set up by each individual, information may be stored privately and securely, and will be accessible from any place with internet service.

Over time, MyHealth will evolve into a comprehensive source of health information — making all critical health information and tools available in one place. Instead of navigating a sea of websites, with information that may be commercial or inaccurate, Albertans can turn to a trusted site, with content vetted by Alberta clinicians.

Pharmacist ordering of lab tests is a go
April 19, 2011

Effective immediately, all community pharmacists with a PRAC ID may register to order lab tests.

Pharmacists employed by Alberta Health Services will receive instructions from AHS Pharmacy Services on how to register and order lab tests in the near future.

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Before you register:
 

Know the standards

ACP council approved amendments to Standard 2 of the Standards for Pharmacist Practice regarding ordering of lab tests.  It is your responsibility to become familiar with the standards and guidelines before you begin ordering lab tests.

Have a plan for receiving results

Results for all lab tests ordered by pharmacists will be available via Netcare in the same way as results for tests ordered by other health professionals. However, to ensure timely responses and follow-ups for tests you have ordered you will be required to provide the lab with information regarding how results can be received in your workplace.

  • If you work in an AHS facility, a PCN or a physician’s office where other health professionals are already receiving results you can likely receive results for the tests you order via the same method as other health professionals. It is your responsibility to consult with your work location to determine whether results for the tests you order can be received and whether there are any additional workplace requirements to do so. 
     
  • If you work in a community pharmacy that is located in or adjacent to a physician’s clinic, you may be able to receive results via the same method as the clinic.
     
  • If you work in a community pharmacy in another location, you must make arrangements with the lab to have results delivered.  

For additional information, or if you need assistance in determining how you will receive results, please contact the lab you are registering with.

 

24/7 coverage required

As indicated in the ACP standards and guidelines, pharmacists must have a system in place to ensure appropriate follow-up of critical results for lab tests they order on a 24-hour, 7 day/week basis. You may feel that you are able to provide 24/7 coverage; however, there are times when all of us are indisposed or unavailable. For this reason you are encouraged to consider developing agreements, partnerships, or arrangements, such as on-call groups, with other pharmacist or physician colleagues to meet this requirement.

  • If you work in an AHS facility, a PCN or a physician’s office where other health professionals are already receiving critical results you may be able to provide after hours coverage via the same method as other health professionals. It is your responsibility to consult with your work location to determine whether this is possible. 
     
  • If you work in a community pharmacy, you may need to establish an on-call schedule with other pharmacists who work with you. Alternately you may wish to develop partnerships or on-call groups with other pharmacists, other pharmacies or physician colleagues.

After hours emergency contact information must be made available to the lab at the time of registration or must be available via a messaging service at your regular contact number. Lab representatives will not leave information regarding critical results on answering machines or voicemail.

HOW TO REGISTER

Information and a registration packages for all labs are available on the Alberta Health Services website at http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/3457.asp

The area of the province where you live and where you work will determine which lab(s) you need to register with:  

1. Community pharmacists in the following areas must register with DynaLifeDx:

  • Camrose
  • Edmonton and surrounding areas including Beaumont, Evansburg, Fort Saskatchewan, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, and Spruce Grove
  • Fort McMurray
  • High Level and area including LaCrete and Ft. Vermillion
  • Lloydminster
  • Red Deer

Information and a registration package are available via the Community Pharmacists – Edmonton Zone link on the AHS website.

2. Community and AHS pharmacists in the following areas must register with Calgary Lab Services (CLS):

  • Airdrie
  • Calgary
  • Canmore
  • Claresholm
  • Didsbury
  • High River
  • Oilfields
  • Okotoks
  • Strathmore
  • Vulcan                                                                               

Information and a registration package are available via the All Pharmacists – Calgary Zone link  on the AHS website

3. Community and AHS pharmacists in all other areas of the province (i.e., rural/suburban communities) must register with AHS regional labs. Information and a registration package are available via the AHS Pharmacists – Rural/Suburban link on the AHS website

4. Alberta Health Services (AHS) pharmacists in the Edmonton zone must register with Edmonton AHS lab. A registration package and additional information will be provided from AHS Pharmacy Services in January 2011.

Information and a registration package are available via the AHS Pharmacists – Edmonton Zone link on the AHS website

5. AHS pharmacists in all areas of the province who will order lab tests for inpatients will be provided with information from AHS Pharmacy Services regarding guidelines and how to register with AHS labs.

Note:  A small number of pharmacists may fall into more than one of the above categories. If you are one of these pharmacists, please review the appropriate information packages and register with both labs.

Need a PRAC ID?

Before registering with a lab, you must have a PRAC ID. The form to apply for a PRAC ID, the unique ID needed to order tests, is available on the ACP website under Pharmacist resources/Forms/PracIDApp.

Centennial conference early bird deadline TOMORROW
April 19, 2011

Tomorrow, April 20, is your last chance to take advantage of discounted registration rates for the historic Pharmacy Centennial conference in Jasper (May 20 and 21). ACP, RxA, and the Centennial Committee are putting together great events, education and entertainment. Don’t miss out!

View the advance program at http://pharmacy100.ab.ca/conference.html.  Register at www.buksa.com

 

Council election results
April 19, 2011

Voting for council elections in Districts 2, 3, and 5 closed on April 14 and the results are in.

 

 Braun

 wynnyk

 Andrews

District 2 (S. Alberta)   
Clayton Braun 

District 3 (Edmonton)   
Krystal Wynnyk 

 District 5 (Calgary) 
Kaye Andrews

 

Congratulations to all! New councillors will begin their three-year terms on July 1.

This was the first year in many that elections were required in all three districts and the level of engagement by both candidates and voters was excellent. Thank you to everyone who participated.

It’s time to renew with ACP
April 19, 2011

To access your online renewal, from the ACP website homepage, select Registrant profile login, log on and select the Renewal tab. Follow the tabs under Renewal for each step of the renewal process.

Pharmacy renewal forms have been mailed. Pharmacy renewals are due back by June 15, 2011.

If you have not received your pharmacy renewal forms, please contact the ACP office.

NOTE: Online renewal will be unavailable on Wed., April 20 from midnight thru 6:00 am MT due to maintenance activities planned by Shaw Communications Inc.

DUE Quarterly readership survey
April 19, 2011

The Alberta College of Pharmacists and the Alberta Medical Association are conducting a DUE Quarterly readership survey to assess:

  • whether the newsletter is meeting the needs of physicians and pharmacists
  • whether the two organizations will continue publishing DUE Quarterly

 

surveyPlease complete the survey online at http://app.fluidsurveys.com/s/due-quarterly-readership-survey/.

The survey will take no longer than five minutes to complete and survey participants may enter a draw for a chance to win a $50 Tim Hortons gift card. The survey is open until Monday, May 2.

DUE Quarterly is produced, published and distributed through AMA and ACP membership fees. The goal of the publication is to provide expert opinion and practical advice on drug therapy issues affecting the elderly.

New online competence assessment tutorial
April 5, 2011

ACP is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource – an online tutorial on the RxCEL Competence Assessment Program. The tutorial is based on the Competence Assessment Handbook.

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How can I use this?
 

The tutorial fully describes the two assessment options: Professional Portfolio and Knowledge Assessment. It can even help you decide which option is best for you, in the section “Making the Competence Assessment Choice”. 
 
You can review the entire tutorial or, using the menu links, skip to sections within the tutorial. For example, if you must complete a Professional Portfolio because you have Additional Prescribing Authorization, you can go directly to the section on Professional Portfolio. 
 
Please note: The tutorial includes an audio component, so be sure to have your speakers turned on.

The bottom portion of the webpage may not display on widescreen monitors, so select the "Full Screen” view on your Internet browser if you cannot see the "Audio/Text" toggle button and the media player buttons.

Council elections now open
April 5, 2011
Pharmacists in Districts 2 (Southern Alberta), 3 (Edmonton), and 5 (Calgary) have the opportunity to decide who will represent those districts on ACP council. The election is being conducted completely online. 
 
To learn about candidates in your area and vote, go to pharmacists.ab.ca/vote2011.
 
Please direct any election questions to vote2011@pharmacists.ab.ca.
 
Voting closes at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14.
Early bird deadline for Centennial Conference is April 20
April 5, 2011

One of the highlights of this landmark year will be the Centennial Conference at the Jasper Park Lodge on May 20-21, 2011.

It will be an event you don’t want to miss!

  • Be inspired by world-class speakers Bill Strickland and Kevin Newman.
  • Burst with pride while celebrating our APEX Award and Award of Distinction winners.
  • Fill up on tips and tools you can take back to your practice. Earn up to 8.5 continuing education credits (includes conference and pre-conference sessions, accreditation pending).
  • Get a sneak peek at what’s in store by attending the ACP annual general meeting on May 22.

View the advance program at http://pharmacy100.ab.ca/conference.html.

Register at www.buksa.com by April 20 to receive your early bird discount.

 

The New Health Information Act: How Will it Impact Me?
April 5, 2011

May 4, 2011
Ranchmen’s Club, 710-13 Avenue SW, Calgary 
8:30 - 12:00
Cost: $250 + GST

Cenera’s half-day seminar will outline the basic elements of the Health Information Act and will focus on areas in the Act that introduce new or different compliance requirements for health practices and will finish off by presenting solutions and strategies for meeting these new compliance challenges.

For more information and to register, visit: 
http://www.cenera.ca/The-New-Health-Information-Act-How-will-it-Impact-Me/0/0/0/496 

Opinions running neck and neck
April 5, 2011

In the cover article of the Mar/Apr acpnews, Brett Edwards, a third-year U of A pharmacy student, shared his views of pharmacist uptake of prescribing and injecting authority. We asked if you shared Brett’s views and, so far, opinion is split 50/50.

We’ll be sharing some reader feedback in the May issue of acpnews. Add your voice by emailing your comments to karen.mills@pharmacists.ab.ca by April 12.

Congratulations Centennial Award of Distinction recipients!
March 22, 2011

The Centennial Committee extends congratulations to the 103 outstanding recipients selected for the Alberta Pharmacy Centennial Award of Distinction. This once-in-a-century award recognizes the outstanding contributions of the individuals who helped advanced pharmacy in Alberta to the leadership position it holds today.

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Who are the recipients?
 

Congratulations Centennial Award of Distinction recipients!

Recipients of this award include nominated individuals from all decades and all parts of the province over the past 100 years. These individuals have contributed to the advancement of pharmacy in Alberta through their practice, be it with direct patient care, by teaching future pharmacists, in developing products or supports for pharmacy practice, or expanding the scope and opportunities for pharmacy practice in Alberta.

Their contributions, practice settings, and methods vary, but all recipients share common features. They are skilled professionals and innovators who have improved the profession and who ensured Albertans benefited from safe, effective, responsible pharmacy practice.

Biographies of all recipients will be posted on the centennial website in April.

Alberta Pharmacy Centennial Award of Distinction recipients (* non-pharmacist)

 

Dr. T. H. (Ted) Aaron*
Margaret Ackman
Erin Albrecht
Eli Ambrosie
John Bachynsky
Rosemary Bacovsky
Judy Baker
Margaret Baril
Mary Bell
Cathy Biggs
Rosemarie Biggs
Walter Boddy
Fred Boyle
Cynthia Brocklebank
Tammy Bungard
Donald Cameron
Susan Casey
Dale Cooney
Ron Coutts*
Stan Dabisza
Herb Dixon
Greg Eberhart
Edmonton Ladies Pharmaceutical Auxiliary*
Iris Evans*
Noel Farrow
Michael Faulkner*
Borys Ferbey
Bunny Ferguson*
Michelle Foisy
Val Fong
Erwin Friesen
Susan Fryters
Halley H. Gaetz
Margaret Gray
George H. Graydon

Joe Gustafson
Doreen Hagen
Peter Hamilton*
Bob Heim
Teresa Hennessey*
John Higinbotham
Gail Hufty*
Christine Hughes
Merv Huston
Moe Jamali
Kathy James Fairbairn
N. Gordon Johnson
Jeff Johnson
Sheila Kelcher
Donna Kowalishin
Doug Levy
Richard Lewanczuk*
Stan Lissack
Steve Long
Ron MacLean
Elaine MacPhail
Walter Maday
Tracy Marsden
Elizabeth (Bette) Matheson
A. Whitney Matthews*
Paddy Meade*
Charles Meagher
Sharon Mitchell
Dick Moskalyk
Dr. Gordon Myers
Herman Neufeld
Antoine (Tony) Noujaim
Dr. L. R. Ohlhauser*
Franco Pasutto
Glen Pearson
Ken Penley
Clarence Pickup
Donna Pipa
Joan Pitfield*
Ron Pohar
Linda Poloway
Diane Reeder*
Lori Romonko-Slack
Cheryl Sadowski
Alan Samuelson
Dwayne Samycia
Terri Schindel
Heidi Schulz*
Larry Shipka
John W. B.  Shipley*
Bill Shores*
Rick Siemens
Annie Simpson
Scot Simpson
Marlene Louise Slipp
Roberta Stasyk
Joseph H Stepa*
Joe Tabler
Marilyn Thornton
Ross Tsuyuki
Deb Van Haaften
Clarence Weppler
Jeff Whissell
Margaret Wing
Dale Wright
Nese Yuksel
Doreen Zinyk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call for resolutions
March 22, 2011

Resolution proposals for this year’s AGM are due by 4:30 p.m. today.

Greg Eberhart, ACP Registrar, must receive your resolution in writing, accompanied by the signatures of 10 voting members in good standing. For more details, refer to the ACP Approved Guidelines for Resolutions.

Voting for council elections has begun
March 22, 2011
Polls in council districts 2 (southern Alberta), 3 (Edmonton), and 5 (Calgary) are now open. Voting will close April 14. To learn about candidates in your district and vote, go to pharmacists.ab.ca/vote2011.
Inappropriate to stock or sell potassium iodide for radiation sickness prevention
March 22, 2011

As a result of the radiological situation at a nuclear power facility in Japan, pharmacists in Alberta may be asked by customers to dispense potassium iodide (KI).
 
Principle 1.2 of the ACP Code of Ethics instructs Alberta pharmacists to “provide appropriate treatment and care”. In this instance, selling KI for radiation sickness prevention is not appropriate. Public health officers and health authorities throughout North America are NOT recommending stockpiling or dispensing potassium iodide in relation to the radiological situation in Japan.

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Rationale:
 

Inappropriate to stock or sell potassium iodide for radiation sickness prevention

KI may be used in radioactive iodine-contamination emergencies (such as nuclear accidents) to block the thyroid’s uptake of radioactive iodine. It is only of benefit in protecting the thyroid against radioactive iodine 131 (I131).
 
There is extensive monitoring going on in Japan, internationally and along the west coast of North America. Even though there has been a release of radioactive materials in the immediate area of the nuclear plant in Japan which includes I131, it is not a radiological health concern.
 
In the event that there is a significant release of radioactive iodine 131, the main impact would be on populations within the vicinity of the reactor in Japan.
 
Modelling of the most likely scenarios suggest that any release into the atmosphere would take several days to reach Alberta, by which time it would be so dispersed as to be not considered a health risk.

Should commercially available stock become unavailable, ACP would also consider compounding KI for radiation sickness prevention inappropriate. 
 
ACP will monitor and report on advisories from Health Canada and other Canadian health authorities for any changes to these current recommendations.

What pharmacy-related expenditures can patients claim?
March 22, 2011

According to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), drug costs can be claimed only if acquired lawfully, prescribed by a medical practitioner and recorded by a pharmacist. Over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements, even if prescribed by a medical practitioner, cannot be claimed.

It is still appropriate to provide a receipt for unprescribed medications; however, the receipt should not be labeled as an official receipt for tax purposes.

For more information, see the CRA website (www.cra-arc.gc.ca).

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To whom can you issue a receipt?
 

What pharmacy-related expenditures can patients claim?

The Health Information Act provides guidance for pharmacists when issuing receipts. Prescription receipts for income tax purposes contain individually identifying diagnostic, treatment and care information (DIN) and registration information. The Act permits disclosure of individually identifying health information beyond the controlled arena to:

  • the individual who is the subject of the information,
  • the authorized representative of the individual, and
  • third parties with the individual’s consent.

This consent must be provided in writing or electronically and must include:

  • an authorization for the custodian to disclose the health information specified in the consent,
  • the purpose for which the health information may be disclosed,
  • the identity of the person to whom the health information may be disclosed,
  • an acknowledgment that the individual providing the consent has been made aware of the reasons why the health information is needed and the risks and benefits to the individual of consenting or refusing to consent,
  • the date the consent is effective and the date, if any, on which the consent expires, and
  • a statement that the consent may be revoked at any time by the individual providing it.

If all of the disclosures are to the individual or their authorized representative, a disclosure notation and notice to recipient is not required. If a disclosure is done with the individual’s consent, a notice to recipient would be required.

Quiz – Which receipts can you issue?
March 22, 2011

Scenario: Mary Smith comes into your pharmacy to request a copy of prescription receipts for her entire family - husband John, daughter Susan (19 years old), daughter Cathy (16 years old), son Robert (7 years old) and her mother Rose (87 years old and living with the family).

Which receipts can you give Mary?

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Solution:
 

Quiz – Which receipts can you issue?

Prescription receipts for income tax purposes contain individually identifying diagnostic, treatment and care information (DIN) and registration information. This information may be disclosed on the tax receipt if each family member has consented, in writing, to the disclosure or the authorized representative of a family member has authorized Mary to act of their behalf to access the information.

You may disclose Robert’s individually identifying health information to Mary Smith because as the parent or guardian of Robert, she is his authorized representative. You would have to obtain John’s consent to disclose his tax receipts to Mary or John’s written authorization for Mary to act on his behalf in accessing John’s health information.

In Cathy’s case, you would use your discretion before releasing this information to her mother since Cathy at age 16 probably understands the nature of consenting to the disclosure of her health information and the consequences of exercising that right or power. An example of such a situation would be if Cathy was taking oral contraceptives and her mother was not aware of this. Providing the information to Mary Smith would be a judgment call and you should document your rationale for the decision made.

Mary states that she has a power of attorney for Rose (her mother). You could disclose prescription receipts to Mary if she presented evidence of the power of attorney.

If all of the disclosures are to the individual or their authorized representative, a disclosure notation and notice to recipient is not required. If a disclosure is done with the individual’s consent, a notice to recipient would be required.

Accredited learning FAQs
March 22, 2011
  1. Is there a minimum accredited learning requirement?
  2. How can I tell if a course is accredited for pharmacists?
  3. What if I claim a non-accredited course as accredited learning?

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Accredited learning FAQs

1. Is there a minimum accredited learning requirement?
There is no minimum amount of accredited learning that a pharmacist must do each year. A pharmacist is able to accrue all of their continuing education from non-accredited learning activities that are relevant to their pharmacy practice (as long as they completely and thoughtfully fill out the required non-accredited learning records). But the college does take many calls about whether specific courses are accredited and how pharmacists can determine if a course is accredited. Here’s the answer!

2. How can I tell if a course is accredited for pharmacists?
ACP recognizes as accredited learning those CE programs that are accredited by a pharmacy accrediting body. Those are the:

  • Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP),
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE),
  • Alberta College of Pharmacists, and
  • other provincial pharmacy accrediting bodies such as the Ontario College of Pharmacists, the University of British Columbia Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development, and Dalhousie Continuing Pharmacy Education.

Pharmacists can confirm accreditation by looking for the CCCEP logo and file number, the ACPE logo and file number, the ACP file number, and other provincial pharmacy accrediting bodies’ file number.

Now that ACP has ceased doing provincial accreditation (except for injections training programs) pharmacists will no longer find ACP-accredited continuing education events, except for those that received accreditation extending past 2010. However, RxA is now a CCCEP-accredited provider, and all of their CE events are CCCEP-accredited.

3. What if I claim a non-accredited course as accredited learning?
Claiming non-accredited learning activities as accredited learning could flag your file for an Audit of Professional Declarations, so be sure to confirm accreditation status before adding a new course to your CPD Log as an accredited course.

Continuing medical education events, such as the 28th Annual Calgary Therapeutics Course, have not been accredited by a pharmacy accrediting body and therefore cannot be claimed as accredited learning.

PEBC assessors needed
March 22, 2011

Assessors are needed for the PEBC Qualifying Examination – Part II (OSCE). The national exam will be held on Sunday May 29, 2011 at sites in both Edmonton and Calgary.

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Job description and application details:
 

To qualify you must:

  • have been licensed in Canada for at least 3 years,
  • currently be a member in good standing, and
  • be providing or directly supervising patient care services, including dispensing, clinical and drug information services.

Assessors will be involved in the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) used to evaluate candidates.

Preceptors in the practice setting (e.g., for structured practical training, internship and clerkship programs) and occasional teaching assistants/lab facilitators in years 1 and 2 of the academic program would normally qualify as assessors.

Interested pharmacists outside of Edmonton and Calgary are welcome to apply as assessors. Some travel expenses may be paid to out-of-town assessors.

Information about the examination, guidelines for the selection of assessors, as well as an assessor interest survey and response form can be found on the PEBC website.

Edmonton site please contact:
Judith Makarowski
O.S.C.E Coordinator- Edmonton
Standardized Patients Program
Health Sciences Council
University of Alberta
300 Campus Tower
8625-112 Street
Tel.: (780)492-2527
Fax: (780)492-2874
Email: judith.makarowski@ualberta.ca

Calgary site, please send your response by email (preferred) or fax to:
Yoshiko Shimizu
6 Glenmount Crescent SW
Calgary, AB
T3E 4B3
Tel.: (403) 475-0566
Email: pebc-calgary@shaw.ca

Next ACP council meeting April 7
March 22, 2011

Strathcona Room, Westin Hotel
10135-100 Street
Edmonton, AB
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you plan to attend this meeting, please notify:
Leslie Ainslie
Phone: (780) 990-0321 or toll-free 1-877-227-3838 
Email:  leslie.ainslie@pharmacists.ab.ca

APEX Award winners announced
March 8, 2011

The APEX Awards recognize excellence in pharmacy practice in Alberta. The awards are jointly funded, promoted, and presented by the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA) and the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP).

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ACP and RxA are pleased to announce this year’s APEX Award recipients:
 

M.J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction – 
Diane Miller
Pharmacist/Manager; Health Select Pharmacy; Calgary, AB

W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Award – 
Loblaw Pharmacy #4009
Nabil Fanous, Manager; Beaumont, AB

Award of Excellence – 
Nese Yuksel
Associate Professor, U of A; credentialed menopause practitioner; Edmonton, AB

Partners in Practice – 
Cardiac Transplant Team, U of A/Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute; Edmonton, AB
Team Leader: Dr. Glen Pearson

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia – 
Tania Mysak
Clinical Practice Manager, North & Experiential Education; Alberta Health Services - Pharmacy Services; U of A; Edmonton, AB

Future of Pharmacy –
Arden Barry
Clinical Post-Doctoral Fellow in Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapeutics; U of A; Edmonton, AB

Brett Baumback
Pharmacist; Rexall Myros Pharmacy; Edmonton, AB

Candace Necyk
Pharmacist; Sobeys Pharmacy Group; Edmonton, AB

Look for full profiles of all recipients in the ACP annual report, available on the ACP website on April 22.

Come and celebrate!

Plan to join in celebrating the achievements of these outstanding individuals at the APEX Awards 
May 29, 8:00 p.m.
Pharmacy Centennial Conference, Jasper Park Lodge

Introducing your council nominees
March 8, 2011

Elections are being held in council districts 2 (southern Alberta), 3 (Edmonton), and 5 (Calgary) between March 15 and April 14. Elections will be conducted electronically.

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Who is running?
 

The following clinical pharmacists are running for ACP council. Except where noted, all candidates are eligible to be elected for a three-year term.

District 2 (Southern Alberta)

  • Clayton Braun – Lethbridge
  • Donna Galvin – Okotoks (has served four years on council, eligible for a two-year term, current President)
  • James Johnston – Cochrane

Incumbent Wayne Smith has chosen not to run for a second term.

District 3 (Edmonton)

  • Fayaz Rajabali
  • Krystal Wynnyk (incumbent)

District 5 (Calgary)

  • Kaye Andrews (incumbent, current Vice President)
  • Valerie Kalyn
  • Mark Percy
A biography of each candidate will be posted on the election site, so voters can learn about each candidate to make a more informed decision when casting their ballot.

Eligible members in election districts will receive voting instructions by email at the email address they have registered with ACP.

Need to update your email address? You can do this online at any time by following these steps:

  1. Click on Registrant profile login on the blue menu on the left of the ACP homepage (www.pharmacists.ab.ca).
  2. Click on Login/Logout and then enter your user User ID (registrant number) and your password.*
  3. Click on View Profile. Click on the Edit button in the appropriate section and update your information.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Your record is now updated.
*Forgot your password? To reset your password online:
  1. Click on Registration profile login. This will take you to the login screen.
  2. Click on the Click here if you forgot your password link found below the login screen.
  3. Follow the prompts to reset your password.

     

Ballooning with pride
March 8, 2011

Pharmacist Awareness Week is March 6-12. To help you celebrate your profession and its centennial, ACP and RxA are supplying colourful balloons with the centennial logo free of charge for your pharmacy to proudly display! All we ask in return is that you share photos of your display on the centennial Facebook page.

To order, please contact ACP at 780.990.0321 or acpinfo@pharmacists.ab.ca.

Centennial conference – more rooms available
March 8, 2011

Centennial Conference
May 20 and 21, 2011 (with ACP AGM on May 22)
Jasper Park Lodge

Interest in the conference is high and spots are filling up fast. So fast, in fact, that accommodation at the Jasper Park Lodge is SOLD OUT.

Not to worry though. We have secured blocks of rooms at two nearby hotels.

To register and view the advance program, go to the centennial website at www.pharmacy100.ab.ca.

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What hotels are offering special conference rates?
 

We have reserved blocks of rooms at the Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites and the Coast Pyramid Lake Resort. We will be arranging for shuttle service between these hotels and the Jasper Park Lodge.

The hotel booking instructions are detailed below. Rooms will be booked on a “first come, first served” basis.

Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites
STUDIO – kitchenette with one queen bed and double hideabed (Lower floor) $149
ONE BEDROOM – one queen bed in bedroom, kitchen, fireplace and double hideabed (Main floor) $159
UPPER LOFT – one queen bed in loft, kitchenette, fireplace and double hidabed $159 (2nd floor)
TWO BEDROOM – loft with 3 single beds, one queen bed in separate bedroom and double hideabed (2nd floor) $189

Room rates are for single or double occupancy, before tax. Additional adults are $15.00 per night. You must identify Pharmacy Centennial as the event name to receive these special room rates. The hotel requires a credit card for each reservation and cancellation policy is 7 days. 
Phone: 780.852.4461 / 1.800.661.1933Coast Pyramid Lake Resort

Cavell Double/Double - $169
Cavell Queens - $169
Whistler Queens - $199
Pyramid Kings - $219
Tekarra Loft - $269
Executive Loft - $319

Room rates are for single or double occupancy, before tax. Additional adults are $15.00 per night. Children under the age of 18 years of age stay free, in the same room as a paid adult. You must identify Pharmacy Centennial as the event name or the Group Number CPL-GFC-498 to receive these special room rates. The hotel requires a credit card for each reservation and cancellation policy is 7 days. 
Tel: 780-852-4900 / / Res: 1-800-716-6199
 

 

Two pharmacy technician regulation policy changes
March 8, 2011

ACP continues to work with Alberta Health and Wellness (AHW) toward the regulation of pharmacy technicians. ACP council has approved what we believe is the final draft of the amendments to the Pharmacists Profession Regulation. The draft is currently being reviewed by AHW legal counsel.

Following a successful review, cabinet must approve the amendments before an effective date can be established. We are hopeful that this approval will occur soon and will share specific dates as soon as they are available. However, the delay in legislation approval has resulted in ACP council introducing two changes to policy.

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Two changes to ACP policy
 

Taking into account legislative delay and pharmacy technicians’ concerns about the deadlines for transition, ACP council has made two changes to previously established policies.

  1. Candidates with 2000 hours practice experience now qualify for membership on the Voluntary Pharmacy Technician Register.
  2. Deadlines for completion of the PEBC Evaluating Exam and completion of the transition pathway have been changed.

Criteria for Registration on the Voluntary Technician Register
Due to the delay in approving the new regulation, the voluntary technician register is still in effect. Therefore, council has changed the requirements for membership to allow candidates with a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience in the field of pharmacy in Canada within the past three years to become members on the voluntary register. (Note: PEBC requires candidates to have 2,000 hours of work experience before writing the Evaluating Exam. They will make an extension to 48 months to accommodate maternity leaves.)

Effective March 1, 2011, the criteria for membership on the voluntary register are as follows:

  • Previous membership on the voluntary register OR
  • Graduation from an accredited pharmacy technician training program OR
  • Successful completion of the PEBC Evaluating Exam (or PTCB-Alberta or OCP exam) OR
  • A minimum of 2,000 hours of work and/or teaching in the field of pharmacy in Canada in the past 36 months. *

*An application form for the voluntary register is posted on the ACP website. The application includes a declaration that must be completed by those who are registering based on their work experience.

This change means that all candidates who qualify to write the PEBC Evaluating Exam and to follow the transition pathway to regulation are now eligible for membership on the voluntary register. The voluntary register for pharmacy technicians will remain in place until the new regulation comes into effect.

When the regulation comes into effect, pharmacy technicians will become regulated health professionals under the Health Professions Act. The regulation creates new registers for pharmacy technicians. The provisional pharmacy technician register will be for those individuals who are working toward regulation but have not yet completed all the requirements. The qualifications for the provisional register will be the same as the new qualifications for the voluntary register. However, because provisional pharmacy technicians will be regulated health professionals some additional information will be required.

More information on the registers and registration requirements that will be created after the regulation comes into effect.

Changes in Deadlines in Transition Pathway
In light of the legislative delay, ACP council voted to remove the deadline to complete the PEBC Evaluating Exam by January 1, 2013. Instead, two new rules have been put in place.

  1. Candidates must successfully pass the PEBC Evaluating Exam within two years of registering on the provisional register.
  2. Effective January 1, 2014 the qualifications for registration on the provisional register will require that candidates have either graduated from an accredited training program or have successfully completed the PEBC Evaluating Exam (or PTCB-AB or OCP exam).

As described previously, the provisional pharmacy technician register will be for those individuals who are working toward regulation but have not yet completed all the requirements. The regulation includes a rule that registrants can only stay on the provisional register for two years. There is a provision that allows candidates to apply for an extension; however, extensions will not be granted unless the individual has passed the PEBC Evaluating Exam.  The Evaluating Exam is offered twice each year, usually in April and October. This schedule and the change in the deadline provide individuals who are currently working in the field with five opportunities to write the exam before the deadline. Please consult the PEBC website for more information on exam schedules and application deadlines.

Clarifying transition process deadline
Previous ACP communications indicated that all individuals who intend to qualify as regulated pharmacy technicians via the transition path must complete the transition process by 2015. However, there have been inconsistencies regarding whether this deadline is at the beginning or the end of 2015. The deadline to complete the transition process is December 31, 2015.

For additional information about regulation of pharmacy technicians, the transition pathway and the requirements for becoming a regulated pharmacy technician please consult the ACP website.

ACP bylaws amended
March 8, 2011

Council met on February 24, 2011, and approved amendments to the ACP bylaws. Amendments that came into effect March 1, 2011:
 

  • redefine the council year as July 1 to June 30, rather than from one annual general meeting to the next.
  • redefine the structure of council, eventually to include seven elected pharmacists, two elected pharmacy technicians, and three appointed members of the public. To accommodate this change, the bylaws now:
    • redefine the electoral seats for pharmacists, by transitionally rescinding one seat in District 5 (Calgary) in 2011 and one seat in District 3 (Edmonton) in 2014;
    • redefine Schedule D, providing a transition schedule for council elections up to 2014; and, 
  • remove direction for the publication of names in disciplinary decisions from the authority of hearing tribunals, leaving this a responsibility of the registrar.

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Other bylaw changes:
 

Additional bylaws consequential to the election of pharmacy technicians to the council were approved, to come into effect at the time that amendments to the Pharmacists Profession Regulation accommodating the regulation of pharmacy technicians come into effect.  

Council deferred rescinding the voluntary pharmacy technician register until Jan. 1, 2012. The membership year for the voluntary register expires on Dec. 31, and this will provide a transition period for candidates to register on the new provisional register to be established under the Pharmacists Profession Regulation.

We will post an amended version of the bylaws on the ACP website by March 15, 2011.

Originally published in the March 8, 2011, issue of The Link

Pharmacist evaluators needed for mock OSCE
March 8, 2011

Mock OSCE date: April 7 and 8, 2011 
Volunteering deadline: Monday, Mar. 21

The Mock OSCE will run from noon to 5:00pm on April 7 and noon to 2 p.m. on April 8 at the U of A. It is divided into 5 tracks. Evaluators do not have to evaluate the entire OSCE, but can sign up to do a particular track (e.g., 1-2 pm).

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How do you volunteer?
 

If you are able to volunteer as an evaluator, please respond by Monday, March 21 to:
 

Jenny Hoang
3rd Year Class Representative 2010-2011
Alberta Pharmacy Students’ Association (APSA)
jh24@ualberta.ca 
780-893-1499 

Read the full invitation letter.

Tips for completing your CPD Log
March 8, 2011

Registration renewal time is quickly approaching. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to get your Continuing Professional Development Log in order. Following these tips will help pave your way to a stress-free renewal.

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CPD Log tips
 
  • Select your accredited course from the database of accredited courses. Search by keyword or part of the file number to increase your odds of finding the correct course. Taking some time to find the correct course in the database is faster and easier than adding a new accredited course to the database.
    • Tip – use part of the file number. For example, for the February 2011 edition of Pharmacist’s Letter “CE-in-the-Letter”, search by entering “0422-0000-11-002” instead of “0422-0000-11-002-H01-P”. You’ll find the correct course first try! On the other hand, if you search by “Pharmacists Letter” you will get 74 hits. 
       
  • Do not include the initials of the accrediting body in your search terms, e.g., CCCEP, ACPE, ACP. 
     
  • Not all accredited courses appear in the database. There are literally thousands of accredited courses and ACP staff cannot know about all of them. We do our best to add CCCEP-accredited courses and frequently used courses like Pharmacist’s Letter “CE-in-the-Letter” (which is actually called “Emerging Developments in Drug Therapy & Implementation into Patient Care”).
    • You may add a new accredited course to the database so you can enter it on your CPD Log. ACP staff will then confirm if it is, in fact, an accredited course. 
       
  • Be sure to enter the course completion date as the date shown on your certificate. This is a common source of error found during Audits of Professional Declarations. 
     
  • If you receive an error message that you have exceeded the maximum number of CEUs for a particular course, check your certificate for the accredited number of CEUs and check if you might have claimed that course previously (even going back to previous years). You may not claim the same course more than once for CEUs. 
ACP bylaw consultation closes Feb. 24
February 22, 2011

You have just two days left to submit comments on ACP's proposed bylaw amendments.

View an overview of the proposed changes in the consultation backgrounder.

Full details are available in the bylaw amendment document.

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Feedback instructions:
 

The 60-day consultation on these amendments will run from Dec. 24, 2010 to Feb. 24, 2011. We invite your input.

Please send your comments to:

Leslie Ainslie, Executive Assistant
Alberta College of Pharmacists
1200, 10303 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3N6
email: consultations@pharmacists.ab.ca (please use the subject line "Bylaw consultation")
fax: 780-990-0328

 

All feedback is due to the ACP office by 4:30 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 24.

Council nominations due Feb. 28
February 22, 2011

A call for councillor nominations in Districts 2 (Southern Alberta), 3 (Edmonton), and 5 (Calgary) is now underway. Completed nomination papers must be received by the Registrar on or before Monday, February 28, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. 

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Links to nomination form and lists
ACP wants you!
February 22, 2011

Our success as a self-regulating profession depends on the active contribution of registrants. ACP is compiling a roster of candidates interested in participating on ACP committees and working groups. We are looking for individuals wanting to be involved with one of the following areas:

  • Registration and entry to practice
  • Competence and Continuing Education
  • Quality pharmacist practice, including standards of practice and pharmacist performance
  • Ethics
  • Complaints Resolution, including Hearing Tribunals

Interested? Please submit the ACP Committee Candidate Biographical Sketch Form by Mar. 31.

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Submission information:
 

Submit your completed form by March 31, 2011 to:

Leslie Ainslie, Executive Assistant 
Email: leslie.ainslie@pharmacists.ab.ca
Fax: 780.990.0328

On your submission, please indicate which of the following ACP core business areas you are interested in participating in.

  • Registration and entry to practice
  • Competence and Continuing Education
  • Quality pharmacist practice, including standards of practice and pharmacist performance
  • Ethics
  • Complaints Resolution, including Hearing Tribunals

If you select more than one area, please identify your choices in order of preference.

Call for resolutions
February 22, 2011

Registrants may propose resolutions for consideration at ACP’s annual general meeting, which will be held on Sunday, May 22 at Jasper Park Lodge. Resolutions should be focused on topics relating to the college’s mandated areas of interest: public safety, effective pharmacist and pharmacy practice, and health policy.

For more details, refer to the ACP Approved Guidelines for Resolutions on the ACP website.

Greg Eberhart, ACP Registrar, must receive your resolution in writing, accompanied by the signatures of 10 voting members in good standing, by 4:30 p.m. on March 22, 2011.

What’s the best pharmacy advice you received?
February 8, 2011
That’s our centennial Facebook question for February. Post your wisdom and help others benefit. 

While you’re there, check out the Discussions page and read the great resolutions that people shared last month!
Vets and TPP: answers to your questions
February 8, 2011

Do Alberta veterinarians have to use TPP forms?
Yes, Alberta veterinarians must adhere to all requirements of the Triplicate Prescription Program. Like physicians and dentists, they must use a triplicate prescription pad when writing prescriptions for all drugs on the current TPP medication list.

What do pharmacists do with the TPP forms received from vets?
Submit to the Triplicate Prescription Program copies of all prescriptions written on TPP prescription forms that you receive and dispense, no matter what drug is involved.

Celebrating a Centennial Class
February 8, 2011

On Jan. 27, the U of A Pharmacy Class of 2014 was officially welcomed into the profession at their White Coat Ceremony. Guest speaker Bob Dowling, pharmacist, owner of Cavell Drugs in Jasper for 38 years, and former MLA, offered sage advice for the newest entrants. He set the tone saying, “A professional is someone who always gives more than they ever expect to get back.” His summarized code of ethics is also likely to stay with all who heard it: “If it seems wrong, it is. If you think that it might compromise your values, it will.” Mixed with humour and warmth, Bob’s message gave everyone something positive to take away.

centennial patchThe event also launched the Alberta pharmacy centennial celebrations. Banners, guest speakers, centennial logos on the dispensing jackets, pens, buttons, and post-event cake all added to the festive mood and professional pride. A special display of memorabilia from ACP and Mike Bain’s pharmacy museum in Castor reminded participants of the changes we’ve seen over the years.

ACP is proud to co-host the White Coat Ceremony with the Faculty, RxA, and CSHP-AB.

ACP bylaw consultation open to Feb. 24
February 8, 2011
ACP is proposing amendments to its bylaws to accommodate:
  • changes to the council election process (including the election of pharmacy technicians),
  • the publication of names in disciplinary reports, and
  • cancellation of the voluntary pharmacy technician register.
An overview of the proposed changes is available in the consultation backgrounder.
 
You can view all the details in the three-column bylaw amendment document.
 
Feedback instructions:
 
The 60-day consultation on these amendments will run from Dec. 24, 2010 to Feb. 24, 2011. We invite your input. Please send your comments to:
 
Leslie Ainslie, Executive Assistant
Alberta College of Pharmacists
1200, 10303 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3N6
email: consultations@pharmacists.ab.ca (please use the subject line "Bylaw consultation")
fax: 780-990-0328
All feedback is due to the ACP office by 4:30 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 24.
Free resources for you and your patients
February 8, 2011

ACP has developed two resources to help your patients improve their health and understand your role.

ACP’s 30-page health journal help patients track symptoms, moods, and health issues and note their questions and concerns.

The Understanding your pharmacist’s role in renewing or adapting your prescription brochure helps patients understand the assessment and decision-making process involved with adapting, their role in the process, and the wide array of care pharmacists offer.

Email acpinfo@pharmacists.ab.ca or call 1-877-227-3838 to order your copies. ACP will cover the costs of the materials and shipping. First come, first served while quantities last.

PEBC assessors needed
February 8, 2011

The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) invites interested pharmacists to consider participating as an assessor for the PEBC Qualifying Examination – Part II (OSCE). The national exam will be held on Sunday May 29, 2011 at sites in both Edmonton and Calgary.

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Job description and application details:
 

To qualify you must:

  • have been licensed in Canada for at least 3 years,
  • currently be a member in good standing, and
  • be providing or directly supervising patient care services, including dispensing, clinical and drug information services.

Assessors will be involved in the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) used to evaluate candidates.

Preceptors in the practice setting (e.g., for structured practical training, internship and clerkship programs) and occasional teaching assistants/lab facilitators in years 1 and 2 of the academic program would normally qualify as assessors.

Interested pharmacists outside of Edmonton and Calgary are welcome to apply as assessors. Some travel expenses may be paid to out-of-town assessors.

Information about the examination, guidelines for the selection of assessors, as well as an assessor interest survey and response form can be found on the PEBC website.

 

Edmonton site please contact:

Judith Makarowski
O.S.C.E Coordinator- Edmonton
Standardized Patients Program
Health Sciences Council
University of Alberta
300 Campus Tower
8625-112 Street
Tel.: (780)492-2527
Fax: (780)492-2874
Email: judith.makarowski@ualberta.ca

Calgary site, please send your response by email (preferred) or fax to:

Yoshiko Shimizu
6 Glenmount Crescent SW
Calgary, AB
T3E 4B3
Tel.: (403) 475-0566
Email: pebc-calgary@shaw.ca

 

The regulation of pharmacy technicians is one step closer
January 27, 2011

While no changes are effective immediately, the reality of pharmacy technician regulation is coming closer.  

On Dec. 2, 2008 the Health Professions Amendment Act (Bill 46) received royal assent. The bill, when it comes into effect, will recognize pharmacy technicians as regulated health professionals under the Alberta College of Pharmacists. The amendments provide the following role statement and restricted titles for pharmacy technicians:

Role statement:

In their practice, pharmacy technicians promote safe and effective drug distribution and, in relation to that, do one or more of the following under the direction of a pharmacist:

(a) receive, gather, enter and store prescription and patient information;

(b) store and repackage products;

(c) participate in the management of systems for drug distribution and inventory control;

(d) participate in the research, development, implementation and evaluation of quality assurance and risk management policies, procedures and activities;

(e) provide restricted activities authorized by the regulations;

(f) instruct patients about the use of health aids and devices; and

(g) teach the practice of pharmacy technicians.

Restricted titles:

  •  pharmacy technician
  •  pharmacy technologist
  •  dispensary technician
  •  dispensary technologist
  •  Pharm. Tech.
  •  Ph.T.
  •  R.Ph.T.

The role statement provides a broad description of the roles that pharmacy technicians will perform in the regulated environment. The roles of pharmacy technicians when compounding, dispensing and selling drugs are restricted activities that will be further defined through amendments to Pharmacists Profession Regulation.

The restricted titles will be reserved for, and can only be used by, pharmacy technicians regulated by the college. Further restriction on the use of these titles will be defined in the regulations.

Next steps

1. Defining roles

An inaugural meeting was held on Jan. 20, 2009 with Alberta Health and Wellness to discuss amendments to the Pharmacists Profession Regulation for the purpose of regulating pharmacy technicians. The "draft" analysis of the regulation completed by last year’s Pharmacy Technician Working Group will serve as a template for these discussions. Pharmacy technicians will be recognized as a new membership category in the regulation. Most of the processes established to regulate pharmacists are transferable to pharmacy technicians; therefore, we anticipate limited amendments.

The most significant discussions will focus on effectively defining the role of pharmacy technicians in performing restricted activities, and in defining supervision (particularly in regards to unregulated individuals).

2. Accrediting training programs

The Canadian Council on the Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) has completed on-site assessments at four pharmacy technician training programs in Alberta. The program delivered by NorQuest College was the first program in Alberta to be accredited, and final results are being awaited for programs at three other institutions.

3. Establishing bridging programs

ACP continues to research opportunities with other provinces to share "bridging programs" to assist candidates in preparing for careers as regulated health professionals. All candidates will be required to successfully complete an entry to practice evaluation being developed by the Pharmaceutical Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). The goal is for the exam to first be administered sometime in 2010. This remains the rate-limiting step to establishing a target date for proclaiming and bringing into effect the amendments to legislation for regulating pharmacy technicians.

Look to future ACP publications for updates on pharmacy technician regulation.

Originally published in the January 27, 2011, issue of The Link

Need a shot of inspiration?
January 25, 2011

Looking to rekindle your passion for the profession? Then please attend this year’s White Coat Ceremony. First-year students will be formally inducted into the pharmacy profession and celebrate their role as health care professionals.

This White Coat Ceremony will also be the official launch of pharmacy’s centennial celebrations, marking 100 years of excellent pharmacy practice in Alberta.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
5:30 p.m., with reception to follow
Myer Horowitz Theatre 
Students’ Union Building, University of Alberta

Call for ACP council nominations
January 25, 2011

What better way to celebrate pharmacy's centennial than by getting involved and taking your seat at the ACP council table!

A call for nominations in Districts 2 (Southern Alberta), 3 (Edmonton), and 5 (Calgary) is now underway. The nomination form and lists of eligible candidates are posted on the ACP website at About ACP/Council.  

Completed nomination papers must be received by the Registrar on or before Mon., Feb. 28, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.

Deadline for APEX Bowl of Hygeia nominations extended
January 25, 2011
The deadline for nominations is being extended until January 31, 2011, for the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia. Do you know a pharmacist who has compiled an outstanding record of community service? Recognize their good work by nominating them today!
Reminder: Centennial conference registration now open!
January 25, 2011

Celebrating Pharmacy: A Century of Excellence
May 20 and 21, 2011 (with ACP AGM on May 22)
Jasper Park Lodge

View the advance program.centennial logo

Register online at www.buksa.com.

For complete centennial information, see the centennial website at www.pharmacy100.ab.ca.

Practice Skills: Monitoring drug therapy using laboratory values
January 25, 2011

This Practice Development course focuses on helping you to integrate laboratory values in the management of your patients’ medication.  It runs from mid-February to mid-May, 2011 and includes a one day workshop (Feb. 26, 2011) online modules (activities, presentations, and discussions), and a four-part assignment.  
Registration Deadline: Feb. 1, 2011

Find course details at http://www.pharmacy.ualberta.ca/PD/courses/lab_values/lab_values_mainpage.htm

 

Bowl of Hygeia nomination deadline extended
January 11, 2011

The deadline for nominations is being extended until January 31, 2011 for the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia.

The Bowl of Hygeia is awarded annually to a pharmacist who has compiled an outstanding record of community service which reflects well on the profession. If this sounds like you or a pharmacist you know, nominate today at https://pharmacists.ab.ca/nForms/BowlofHygeia.aspx

Do not reuse methadone carry bottles
January 11, 2011

It has come to ACP’s attention that several pharmacies are reusing bottles for methadone carries. This is not an acceptable practice. Pharmacists are required by Standard 6.2 of the Standards for Pharmacist Practice to ensure that the dispensing procedure is hygienic and prevents cross contamination.

ACP Practice Consultants have also observed that when bottles are being reused, pharmacists are often just placing the current label over the previous label(s). Again, this is unacceptable, even if for the same patient.

When is only an electronic signature on a prescription acceptable?
January 11, 2011

Never, at the moment.

ACP, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, and Alberta Health and Wellness continue to work together to find secure e-prescribing solutions. However, until requirements for securing patient confidentiality, verifying authenticity, and preventing diversion are defined, e-prescribing is not acceptable.Never, at the moment.

ACP, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, and Alberta Health and Wellness continue to work together to find secure e-prescribing solutions. However, until requirements for securing patient confidentiality, verifying authenticity, and preventing diversion are defined, e-prescribing is not acceptable.

ACP bylaw amendments consultation now open
January 11, 2011

ACP is proposing amendments to its bylaws to accommodate:

  • changes to the council election process (including the election of pharmacy technicians),
  • the publication of names in disciplinary reports, and
  • cancellation of the voluntary pharmacy technician register.

Read the overview in the consultation backgrounder. 

View all the details in the three-column bylaw amendment document. 

We invite your input. Please send your comments to: 
Leslie Ainslie, Executive Assistant
Alberta College of Pharmacists
1200, 10303 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3N6 
email: consultations@pharmacists.ab.ca 
(please use the subject line "Bylaw consultation")
fax: 780-990-0328

All feedback is due to the ACP office by 4:30 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 24, 2011.

Originally published in the January 1, 2011, issue of The Link

Temperature monitoring tied to your alarm system?
January 11, 2011

Even if your pharmacy refrigeration system is tied in to your alarm system, pharmacy refrigerator temperature must be monitored and recorded consistently. Otherwise, you will have no way of knowing for how long temperatures may have been out of range.

This information can impact whether you will be allowed to keep temperature-sensitive stock or be forced to discard it.

PEBC assessors needed
January 11, 2011
The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) invites interested pharmacists to consider participating as an assessor for the PEBC Qualifying Examination – Part II (OSCE). The national exam will be held on Sunday May 29, 2011 at sites in both Edmonton and Calgary.
ACP employment opportunity
January 11, 2011

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR (Permanent full-time, 37.5 hrs/wk)  

The communications coordinator assists the communications leader in all aspects of communications management for the college. The communications coordinator will:

  • Be the “keeper” of the website; planning, revising, and managing content and design.
  • Write, edit and proof content for communications (paper and electronic), recasting material as necessary for accessibility, appropriateness for readership and quality control.
  • Monitor uptake of communications and develop/maintain best practices for communications distribution to broaden the reach of communications and target specific audiences.
  • Research, recommend, employ, and support staff in using new technology and delivery channels.

Submit resumes by Jan. 27, 2011 to: 
Lynn Paulitsch, ACP Business Manager
Email:  lynn.paulitsch@pharmacists.ab.ca

New Year’s resolution?
January 11, 2011

What’s your pharmacy practice resolution for 2011?

That’s our first centennial Facebook question of the year. As part of the year-long centennial celebrations, we’ll post a new question on the centennial Facebook site each month and invite you to post your answers.

Let’s get this conversation started!

Reminder: Centennial conference registration now open!
January 11, 2011

Celebrating Pharmacy: A Century of Excellence
May 20 and 21, 2011 (with ACP AGM on May 22)
Jasper Park Lodge

View the advance program.

Register online at www.buksa.com.

For complete centennial information, see the centennial website at www.pharmacy100.ab.ca.

 

ACP bylaw amendments consultation now open
January 4, 2011

ACP is proposing amendments to its bylaws to accommodate:

  • changes to the council election process (including the election of pharmacy technicians),
  • the publication of names in disciplinary reports, and
  • cancellation of the voluntary pharmacy technician register.

An overview of the proposed changes is available in the consultation backgrounder.

You can view all the details in the three-column bylaw amendment document.

The 60-day consultation on these amendments will run from Dec. 24, 2010 to Feb. 24, 2011. We invite your input. Please send your comments to:

Leslie Ainslie, Executive Assistant
Alberta College of Pharmacists
1200, 10303 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3N6
email: consultations@pharmacists.ab.ca 
(please use the subject line "Bylaw consultation”)
fax: 780-990-0328

All feedback is due to the ACP office by 4:30 p.m. on Thus., Feb. 24.

Deadline for APEX Bowl of Hygeia nominations extended
January 4, 2011

The deadline for nominations is being extended until January 31, 2011 for the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia.

The Bowl of Hygeia is awarded annually to a pharmacist who has compiled an outstanding record of community service which, apart from his/her specific identification as a pharmacist, reflects well on the profession.

If this sounds like you or a pharmacist you know, nominate today at https://pharmacists.ab.ca/nForms/BowlofHygeia.aspx

Questions? Contact:

Karen Mills, ACP Communications Leader
karen.mills@pharmacists.ab.ca
Phone: 780-990-0321 or toll-free at 1-877-227-3838
Fax: 780-990-0328

Centennial conference registration now open!
January 4, 2011

Celebrating Pharmacy: A Century of Excellence
May 20 and 21, 2011 (with ACP AGM on May 22)
Jasper Park Lodge

View the advance program.

Register at www.buksa.com.

For complete centennial information, see the centennial website at www.pharmacy100.ab.ca.