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December 2015 Health Product InfoWatch now available
December 22, 2015

The December 2015 issue of Health Product InfoWatch (formerly Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter), published by the Marketed Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, is now available. This newsletter is a monthly publication providing safety information on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and natural health products.

In this issue:

Help your patients stay healthy during the holidays - encourage influenza immunization
December 16, 2015

Influenza has begun to spread across Alberta, and, as the holiday season approaches, all Albertans six months and older are encouraged to get immunized as soon as possible. Alberta Health Services reports that while many Albertans have already chosen to get the flu vaccine, immunization rates in our province are lower than at this time last year.

Pharmacists have the opportunity to play a key role in communicating the importance of immunization and encouraging patients to get immunized. While it can affect Albertans of all ages, including healthy adults, it is especially serious for seniors, infants, pregnant women, and those with chronic medical conditions. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way for Albertans to protect themselves, their families, friends, and coworkers.

Patients should be encouraged to get immunized well in advance of holiday plans or winter vacations, as it can take up to two weeks to be fully protected after receiving the vaccine. Albertans nine years of age and older can be immunized at pharmacies. Patients with children under nine years of age can be directed to www.ahs.ca/influenza for flu clinic hours and schedules. 
Pharmacy reimbursement under Interim Federal Health Program
December 16, 2015

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) is a program funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that provides limited, temporary, taxpayer-funded coverage of health care benefits to people, including protected persons, refugee claimants, rejected refugee claimants and other specified groups. RxA will communicate information in their upcoming issue of the Capsule about the Interim Federal Health Program to help you understand how pharmacies are reimbursed directly for covered services rendered to eligible clients. Information is also available at the following links:

Interim Federal Health Program - Information for health care providers

Information Handbook for Health Care Professionals
Pharmacists, have you started your 2015/2016 Continuing Competence Program portfolio yet?
December 16, 2015

Only five months left before your 2015/2016 professional portfolios are due! All pharmacists who are renewing their practice permits are required to complete the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) requirements by May 31, 2016.

Tip from CCP assessor: “Start early, set goals/objectives [early in the year] and continually work on your portfolio over several months vs. 1-2 weeks before it’s due.”

Progress check:
  1. Have you completed the prescribed Jurisprudence Self-Assessment tool?
  2. Have you participated in learning activities?
  3. Have you started documenting your Learning and Implementation Records?

If not, now is a good time to log in to the CCP portal and get started! The earlier you start, the more you will benefit from the CCP experience. For more information, please refer to CCP requirements and/or contact a member of the competence department. We’re here to help!

Understanding the prescriber lists
December 2, 2015

Scenario: You receive a prescription from a nurse practitioner (NP) for a controlled drug or substance. You look up the NP on the nurse prescriber list on ACP’s website, and notice that her restriction from prescribing controlled drugs and substances is still in place.

Answer: Before you refuse a fill, contact the College & Association of Registered Nurses (CARNA) to confirm the registrant’s prescribing status.

Why contact another college?
The prescriber lists on the ACP website are not updated in real-time. We rely on other colleges to provide us with their registrant data for these lists. They provide the lists to us, and ACP registrants, as a courtesy.

Most colleges provide updates regularly. However, gaps can occur, usually due to vacation or staffing changes. Therefore, you should always regard the other colleges as the root source of information when it comes to their registrants’ prescribing authority.

The following colleges provide ACP with prescriber list updates:

The following colleges provide all or some prescriber data on their websites:

The Alberta Dental Association + College does not provide prescriber data online—please contact them directly with questions about dentist prescribers.

Patient safety courses offered by the Health Quality Council of Alberta and the University of Calgary in 2016
December 2, 2015

Looking for additional Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?

The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA), in partnership with the University of Calgary, will offer two patient safety courses in early 2016, “Introductory Investigating & Managing Patient Safety Events” and “Advanced Investigating & Managing Patient Safety Events.” Completion of both courses will earn participants a Certificate in Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events from the University of Calgary’s Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. 

Introductory Investigating & Managing Patient Safety Events           
February 3 - 5, 2016
Foothills Hospital Campus, University of Calgary                                                                           

Advanced Investigating & Managing Patient Safety Events
March 9 - 11, 2016 
Foothills Hospital Campus, University of Calgary                                           

Registration for both courses is now open and space is limited!

To register and learn more, visit www.patientsafetymanagement.ca

Alberta pharmacist wins national award for her life-changing patient care efforts
December 2, 2015
Melissa Hozack recognized with ‘Commitment to Care & Service Award for Health Promotion’

About 300 people in Redcliff, Alberta shed a collective 7,000 pounds over the past two years thanks to a comprehensive weight loss program provided by Melissa Hozack, clinical pharmacist and co-owner of the town’s Pharmasave. But such impressive weight loss isn’t the only measure of the pharmacy program’s success. Melissa also demonstrated a range of positive clinical results such as improved blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels; and even the elimination of some prescription medications, and improvements in mental health and self-esteem.

The initiative started in 2013 when Melissa herself struggled to lose extra pounds following the birth of her third child. After researching various weight loss strategies, she decided to transform her pharmacy practice and offer patients a weight loss method that targets the physical and mental health aspects of obesity. Melissa’s approach takes advantage of pharmacists’ scope of practice and reimbursement under the Alberta Pharmacy Services Framework.

Melissa’s personal participation in the weight loss program –– she lost 100 pounds over seven months –– helped engage patients and boost her program’s reputation for success. “With Melissa’s help, I feel like a totally different person and I cannot thank her enough for having the foresight to find a protocol to help so many of us struggling with weight and blood sugar issues,” comments one of Melissa’s patients. “It is great that she went on the protocol herself and lost weight too, as she knows the struggles we all face.”

“The leadership shown by Melissa is an inspiration to other pharmacists and physicians within the community,” says Melissa’s nominator for the award. “Her leadership has elevated the quality of care delivered by all health professionals in the community and advanced the quality of care in pharmacy practice in Redcliff.”

To learn more about the Commitment to Care and Service Awards, visit: http://www.canadianhealthcarenetwork.ca/commitmenttocare 

November 2015 Health Product InfoWatch now available
November 26, 2015

The November 2015 issue of Health Product InfoWatch (formerly Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter), published by the Marketed Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, is now available. This newsletter is a monthly publication providing safety information on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and natural health products.

In this issue:

  • Case report: International case of respiratory depression in a child with ultrarapid CYP2D6 metabolism after tramadol use
  • Product confusion alert: Health product name confusion: Bio-K Plus and Bio K 20 Potassium
  • Vaccine safety review: Report for January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015
  • Product monograph and medical device instructions for use updates:  Hormonal and non-hormonal intrauterine systems/devices 
Changes to the ACP Structured Practical Training (SPT) Program - effective October 15, 2015
November 18, 2015

Changes to the Structured Practical Training (SPT) program rules came into effect on October 15, 2015. Changes have also been made to the Notification of Preceptor Siteand the Certification of Completion of Structured Practical Training forms.

Please visit our website at https://pharmacists.ab.ca/forms#SPTforms to access the new forms.

What has changed?

  1. The maximum SPT hours allowed per week has been increased to 44 hours.
    • Approval from ACP for 44 hours per week is no longer required. Hours above 44 hours per week will NOT be approved or recognized.
       
  2. All preceptors must have been licensed practicing pharmacists in Alberta or in another Canadian jurisdiction for a minimum of two years. 
    • Individuals who have started internship before October 15, 2015 with a preceptor who does not meet this requirement will be allowed to continue, providing that they remain with the current preceptor and complete the SPT level(s) by December 31, 2015 without taking a break between levels.
       
  3. ACP will no longer allow split internship levels. 
    • The minimum hours required for each level must be completed with one preceptor and at one pharmacy location. Interns who are currently completing a SPT level under two preceptors will be allowed to continue until December 31, 2015.

Interns and preceptors are also reminded of the following rules:

  • A preceptor must not be in a close personal relationship with the intern, cannot be related to the intern (in-laws included) and cannot reside in the same residence as the intern.
     
  • All SPT hours must be completed in Alberta, with an ACP licensed pharmacist as preceptor within an ACP licensed pharmacy or institutional (i.e. hospital) setting.

Criteria for extension of provisional pharmacist practice permits:

  • Interns are registered on the provisional pharmacist register and provided a practice permit for a period of two years from their initial date of registration to allow for completion of requirements for licensure. If requirements for licensure have not completed within the two year period, the intern may apply for an extension.

  • Individuals who have successfully completed the PEBC Qualifying Exam Part I and II (MCQ and OSCE), MAY be granted an extension for up to 1 year depending on the circumstances of the request.  
     
  • Those who have not completed the PEBC Qualifying Exam Part I and II (MCQ and OSCE), will not be granted an extension to their practice permit and their ACP file will be closed. These individuals may reapply to ACP once they have successfully completed both parts of the PEBC Qualifying exam. At the time of reapplication, they will be provided a practice permit for a maximum of 1 year to allow for completion of SPT hours and the ACP jurisprudence exam.
Pharmacy students compete to raise money for Movember at Mr. Pharmacy 2015
November 18, 2015

The Alberta Pharmacy Students' Association invites you to join them on Saturday, November 28th for their annual mock male beauty pageant in support of Movember Canada. Eight bold pharmacy students will showcase their talents and compete for the coveted title of Mr. Pharmacy.

According to Aliaksandr Savin, second-year pharmacy student and event organizer, one of the goals behind Mr. Pharmacy is “to highlight the important impact pharmacists can make in promoting health advocacy and awareness.”

“Mr. Pharmacy is not only about raising money during Movember,” says Savin. “It’s also a great opportunity to raise awareness for men’s health and showcase the vital role pharmacists play in the health-care system and patient care.”

Now in its sixth year, Mr. Pharmacy is an opportunity for pharmacy students, alumni and faculty to come together in a fun evening for an important cause. And it’s not just an APSA event; Savin says all U of A students and the public are welcome.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase our profession in a fun way, and we hope students from across campus will support the event,” says Savin. “Participants will need to be creative, but also draw from what they’ve learned in class to demonstrate their professionalism and empathy.”

In the past five years, pharmacy students have raised over $50,000. This year’s goal is set at $20,000.

The event takes place at the Myer Horowitz Theatre in the Students’ Union Building on Saturday November 28, starting at 6:00 pm. All proceeds from the event go to support Movember Canada.

Watch the promotional videopurchase tickets, and learn more about Mr. Pharmacy 2015!

Cassandra Woit presented with first annual ACP Leadership Development Award
November 18, 2015

On November 17, 2015, ACP’s registrar, Greg Eberhart, presented the first annual ACP Leadership Development Award to 4th year pharmacy student, Cassandra Woit, in front of her peers at the University of Alberta.

Created to support the development and advancement of professionalism, citizenship, and leadership in pharmacy, the award provides up to $5,000 for an exemplary third or fourth year University of Alberta pharmacy student to participate in a high-level professional development course or leadership conference. Cassandra used this opportunity to attend the FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2015 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

More to come on Cassandra’s trip to the FIP World Conference in the next issue of aφnews

Think one idea can make a difference? Join the Change Day movement!
November 18, 2015

Leading up to April 4, 2016, Change Day Alberta is asking Albertans to make a pledge and act on their ideas for change. Change Day is a social movement centered on the idea that one act can lead to improvement in care for patients, clients, residents, families, and the system. Pledges are divided into three main categories: My Health, Caring for Others, and Start Something New. Pledging is simple and anyone can participate.

Along with industry partners such as Alberta Health Services and the University of Alberta, ACP is a proud sponsor and supporter of Change Day Alberta. We encourage you to join the campaign by making a pledge for change at http://changedayab.ca/. Your pledge can be personal or professional – it’s entirely up to you!

Check out the Change Day Alberta video and visit the website to learn more.
Pharmacists: watch for abbreviations and always assess for appropriateness
November 18, 2015

Recently, a patient at an Edmonton hospital was discharged with a new prescription for Lantus insulin, 8 units, to be injected subcutaneous every morning. The patient’s medication profile was used for the discharge prescription, which contained a handwritten, unacceptable abbreviation for units (incorrectly written as “U”). The prescription was then faxed to a community pharmacy. The community pharmacy filled the prescription as 80 units rather than 8 units, which resulted in the patient receiving ten times the prescribed dose of insulin. The community pharmacist mistakenly interpreted the notation “8U” as “80”.

U is an unacceptable abbreviation that should not be used. The standard terminology is to write out the word “units” to avoid this type of error. A listing of dangerous abbreviations like this one can be found at the ISMP website: https://www.ismp-canada.org/download/ISMPCanadaListOfDangerousAbbreviations.pdf 

Another area of concern is that 80 units of insulin is not a routine dose. Had the community pharmacist questioned this unusually high dose more closely, this error may not have occurred.

Pharmacists are reminded about their responsibilities to always assess the appropriateness of prescriptions they dispense, even when the prescription’s source is a hospital. When potential drug related problems are identified, pharmacists must take steps to investigate and resolve these problems. These steps can include collaborating with the prescriber and chatting with the patient.

Safeguarding patient information when using delivery services
November 18, 2015

We recently received a concern where a pharmacy’s use of delivery services resulted in the inadvertent disclosure of patient health information.

In this case, the medication, an injection, was dispensed at the pharmacy, but was to be administered by a nurse at another location. The pharmacy had the patient’s medications prepared, labelled, and packed for delivery by a third party delivery service. Although the prescription label and medication were not visible, the package was labelled externally with the patient’s name and the location to be delivered. The location to be delivered was labelled as the “Mental Health Unit” of the hospital.

In this case, it would have been more appropriate to provide only a street address and unit number for the delivery address. Pharmacists are reminded to scrutinize any health information they might disclose when using delivery services.

Pharmacy Technicians: online renewal available until midnight on November 30
November 18, 2015

Online Renewal Preparation Checklist:

Pharmacy technician applications for annual permit renewal (2016) must include:

  • A valid email address
  • Declaration of compliance with professional liability insurance coverage
  • Declaration of holding a minimum of one million dollar claims-made or occurrence-based professional liability insurance policy that is personal and transportable to any place of practice in Alberta, and provides coverage for the time period being renewed (January 1 to December 31, 2016)
  • The required fee payment

Associate, Cancelled or Retired Pharmacy Technician statuses are inactive statuses. If you choose any one of these, you cannot practice as a pharmacy technician.

A non-compliance fee of $85.05 ($81.00 plus $4.05 GST) will be assessed to any pharmacy technician whose annual permit renewal remains outstanding after November 30 and up to December 31, 2015. This fee is in addition to the annual permit fee for pharmacy technicians.

The annual permits of pharmacy technicians who do not complete renewal requirements prior to January 1, 2016, will be cancelled. Candidates whose permit is cancelled will be required to pay a reinstatement fee of $277.20 ($264.00 plus $13.20 GST) in addition to the annual permit fee before regaining their status as a pharmacy technician.

Tips for 2016 Online Renewal

When accessing your online renewal, proceed through the tabs in the order presented (i.e., you cannot go from tab one to tab three). When you have finished reviewing the information on each tab, select “next” to proceed. You can move back if you wish to review your information, providing that you have not submitted your renewal (submission occurs under the “declarations” tab).

Tab 1:  Welcome
Provides some tips on completing your online renewal. Throughout the online renewal process, you will find “edit” buttons that will provide information specific to the section you are reviewing.

Tab 2:  Profile
Review your demographic information, email address, consent choices, places of employment, etc. Make changes if required. Note: online renewal cannot be completed without a valid email address. Allow 2 business days for address changes to be processed by ACP. Some changes cannot be performed online; you must contact ACP if changes are required (e.g., name changes, employment changes). If a change can be made online, you will see an “edit” button for that section.

Tab 3: Confirmation
Our online renewal includes a feature that allows pharmacy technicians to change their status to associate, retired, or cancelled technician. Please confirm the status of your permit that you wish to be effective January 1, 2016.

If you wish to change to a non-active status [associate technician, cancelled technician, or retired technician (must be 55 years of age or older)], or if you're an associate technician wishing to change to cancelled or retired technician, you can complete this status change online under this tab. Note that associate, cancelled or retired technicians do not receive a receipt or practice permit.

If you wish to reinstate from a non-active status to a pharmacy technician status, you must contact ACP at statuschange@pharmacists.ab.ca to determine the requirements for your reinstatement.

Tab 4:  Statistics – Not required for Pharmacy Technicians

Tab 5:  Declarations
If you are renewing as a Pharmacy Technician (2016), you will need to complete the following professional declarations:

  • declaration of the status you are renewing to (i.e. Pharmacy Technician (2016);
  • declaration of compliance with professional liability insurance coverage requirements.

If you are renewing as an Associate Technician (2016), you will need to complete one (1) declaration:

  • declaration of the status you are renewing to (i.e. Associate Technician (2016).

Submission of Renewal

When you have reviewed and are satisfied that the information is complete and correct, you must submit your renewal. Once your renewal has been submitted you cannot review or change any of the information provided.

Tab 6:  Payment
Payment can be made online by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or via mail by cheque. Select your preferred method of payment and fill in the appropriate information. If payment is being made by cheque, record your registration number on the bottom right hand corner of your cheque and ensure it is mailed in sufficient time to reach the ACP office before November 30, 2015.

If your employer is paying your fees, select the cheque payment option, print your payment page and submit this form to your employer. You will receive an official receipt and practice permit (if applicable) from ACP.

Identifying yourself to the public and other health care providers
November 18, 2015

Clearly identifying all members of the pharmacy team is an essential part of establishing trust with patients and collaborating with others. This is critical to building professional relationships with patients and other members of their health team that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians collaborate with.

Members of the public and other health care providers have a right to know who you are. This is important to them in identifying and relating to roles and responsibilities of pharmacy team members. They need to know that when they require the advice of a pharmacist; that in fact, they are speaking to a pharmacist.

  • When providing any written correspondence, ensure you identify yourself by first and last name, clinical designation (e.g., RPh or pharmacist), and practice location.
  • When greeting a patient or other health professional in person or by telephone, identify yourself by name, and identify whether you are a pharmacist or pharmacy technician.
  • When members of the public (including other healthcare providers) ask you for your name and registration number, you are required to provide this information (see Standard 1.11 of the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians and Section 36(5) of the Health Professions Act).
  • Licensees must ensure that all members of their pharmacy team and their roles are clearly identified for the public. (See Standard 3.3 of the Standards for the Operation of Licensed Pharmacies.)
October 2015 Health Product InfoWatch now available
November 4, 2015

The October 2015 issue of Health Product InfoWatch (formerly Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter), published by the Marketed Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, is now available. This newsletter is a monthly publication providing safety information on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and natural health products.

In this issue:

  • Monthly recap of health safety product information 
  • New information - Safety Brief: Brilinta (ticagrelor) safety reminders
Office Closed on November 11, 2015
November 4, 2015
The ACP office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 for Remembrance Day. The office will reopen on Thursday, November 12 at 8 a.m. 
U of A Pharmacy Business Plan Competition
October 20, 2015

Pharmacy practice in Alberta has undergone substantial changes over the past few years, and while many of us are still finding our way in this changing world, U of A Pharmacy Students are innovating and preparing to engage in the exciting opportunities offered by our profession.

Pharmacists and leaders in pharmacy are invited to join us for the Annual Pharmacy Business Plan Competition. Third Year Pharmacy Students at the U of A will be competing for bragging rights and potentially, a cash investment, for the "Most Innovative" and "Best Overall" business plan presentations. Come be inspired and network with these rising stars in Pharmacy.

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 (5:00PM - 8:00PM) - reception follows presentations

Where: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (Room 2-190)

If interested in attending, please contact Jody Shkrobot via email at shkrobot@ualberta.ca.

Protect your confidential information from phishing attempts
October 20, 2015

What is phishing?

"Phishing” (also known as “carding” or “spoofing”) is a general term for emails, text messages and websites sent by criminals that are designed to look like they come from well-known and trusted businesses, financial institutions and government agencies in an attempt to collect personal, financial and sensitive information.

How to spot a phishing attempt:

On the surface, phishing attempts may appear to be from a legitimate source. The content of a phishing email or text message is intended to trigger a quick reaction from you. Typically, phishing messages will ask you to "update", "validate", or "confirm" your account information or face dire consequences. You are often prompted to click on a link to a phony website where you’re asked for personal information such as identifiers or passwords. Sometimes you can tell that a website or email is not legitimate if there are spelling and grammatical errors. 

How ACP manages and protects your credentials:

ACP would like to remind registrants that we do not solicit your credentials, via email or otherwise. At all times, ACP keeps your confidential information secure. As a general rule, never reply to email or text messages with requests for personal information including password or credit card information. More information about phishing can be found on the RCMP website.

Pharmacist survey - deadline extended to October 25, 2015
October 20, 2015

ACP’s survey plays an important role in helping the college understand the viewpoints of pharmacists. We have extended the survey deadline to offer you additional time to participate and share your valued opinions with us.

You now have until October 25, 2015 to share your feedback on:

  • the awareness and expectations you have of your college
  • your satisfaction levels with the services provided by ACP
  • the threats and opportunities facing pharmacy today and in the future
  • your readiness to take on expanded roles and responsibilities in your practice settings
  • your satisfaction levels with ACP’s communication tools and preference for engagement with ACP

Watch for survey findings to be shared in an upcoming issue of aφnews

Get your nominations in for the 2016 APEX Awards!
October 20, 2015

Don’t miss the opportunity to recognize a friend, colleague, or healthcare team for an Alberta Pharmacy Excellence (APEX) Award.

Nominations are being accepted online until October 30, 2015. Visit the ACP website for a list of award categories, guidelines and helpful hints for submitting your nomination letter. You’ll also find profiles and videos of past award recipients.

Online renewal for pharmacy technicians coming soon!
October 20, 2015

Testing of the online renewal system for pharmacy technicians is in progress. Once complete, it is expected that online renewal will open later this week and remain open until November 30.

Note: Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are not required for the renewal process this year. The pharmacy technician continuing competence program (CCP) will be launched and implemented in 2016.

In January, technicians will be able to access the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) portal. The portal will include a program tutorial and all the supporting tools you will need to record your learning activities in 2016. Watch for more information in the New Year. 

Moving Long-Acting Methylphenidates to Type 2 TPP
October 20, 2015

Effective immediately, to increase patient access while ensuring continued safety, the Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP) steering committee has moved all long-acting methylphenidate medications from the Type 1 list to the Type 2 list.

Medications on the Type 1 list require prescriber registration and a triplicate prescription, while medications on the Type 2 list are electronically monitored only, no longer requiring physician registration or a triplicate prescription to prescribe them.

Long-acting methylphenidate medications are one of the most effective first line treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance practice guidelines.

The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) administers the TPP on behalf of program partners including Alberta pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians and nurse practitioners. The program tracks the prescribing and dispensing of drugs with a potential for misuse and abuse, resulting in improved prescribing and improved patient safety.

If the TPP identifies high-risk patient medication use, including the use of three or more prescribers for the same drug class, the program alerts prescribers of the potential concern.

The TPP program data helps the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) to assess opioid management and dispensing trends, and work with pharmacists to enhance pharmacy practices, diminish patient risk, and improve care.

The TPP program will also add codeine-containing drugs to the Type 2 TPP list in 2016.

For more information please visit: http://www.cpsa.ab.ca/Services/Triplicate_Prescription_Program.aspx.

Office Closed on October 12, 2015
October 7, 2015
The ACP office will be closed for Thanksgiving on Monday, October 12, 2015. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. 
Seasonal influenza campaign update
October 6, 2015

Ensuring the health and wellness of our communities is a collective responsibility.

Influenza is ranked among the top 10 infectious diseases affecting the Canadian population and, as healthcare professionals, you play an important role in the battle to stop its spread.

Ensuring the health and wellness of our communities is a collective responsibility.

Influenza is ranked among the top 10 infectious diseases affecting the Canadian population and, as healthcare professionals, you play an important role in the battle to stop its spread. 

As you prepare for the upcoming influenza season, Alberta Health Services encourages you to get immunized as soon as possible, recommend immunization to your patients or clients, and encourage prevention practices such as respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene. Even if you don't administer vaccine, you can still play a key role in immunizations as educators and facilitators. 

Your participation can help protect high risk groups including children, seniors, pregnant women and those working in close contact with vulnerable patients and seniors – such as your colleagues in Alberta’s healthcare facilities.

For more information on this year’s influenza immunization campaign, ACP encourages you to visit Alberta Health Services website for health professionals.  The website provides resources and information on the Influenza Immunization Program, and outlines the policy, protocols and guidelines for 2015.

Also refer to previous issues of ACP's The Link and aφnews for articles related to influenza. 

If community pharmacists have any questions related to the Influenza Immunization Program, please email Alberta Health at health.imm@gov.ab.ca.  All questions regarding billing are to be directed to Alberta Blue Cross.

Can interns and students administer injections?
October 6, 2015

As you prepare for the upcoming flu season, we are sharing an updated version of information first shared in the October 7, 2014, edition of The Link regarding whether interns and students can administer injections. 

As you prepare for the upcoming flu season, we are sharing an updated version of information first shared in the October 7, 2014, edition of The Link: 

When interns and students are completing structured practical training (SPT) or extracurricular work experience and are being supervised by a pharmacist who has authorization to administer injections, the supervising pharmacist may allow the intern or student to perform an injection, but only if the following three conditions are met.

  1. The intern or student must be under the direct supervision of a pharmacist who has authorization to administer drugs by injection.
  2. The intern or student must have completed a recognized training program.
  3. The intern or student must be enrolled in the ACP SPT program, or be completing a clinical placement as part of their university program, or working within a structured extracurricular student work experience program provided either by the Alberta College of Pharmacists or the U of A Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Note: Interns and students cannot receive authorization to administer injections. The supervising pharmacist is responsible and accountable for all components of the preparation and administration of the injection including meeting the requirements of Standards 16 and 17 of the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians.

Standards and Details

Section 17 and 19 of the Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Profession Regulation indicates that provisional pharmacists (interns) and pharmacy students who are under the supervision of a clinical pharmacist or a courtesy pharmacist may perform the same restricted activities as clinical pharmacists.

The rules for supervision outlined in Section 23 of the regulations and Standard 20 of the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians require that:

  • Supervision take place in accordance with the rules of the SPT program;
  • The regulated member supervising remain responsible for all components of restricted activities that require the skills or training of a pharmacist; and
  • The regulated member must not supervise any individual performing a restricted activity unless they are satisfied that the individual will perform the activity safely and effectively.

It is the opinion of the college that, to meet these requirements, the intern or student must have completed a formal training program and that their injections must be administered under direct supervision. 

What is “direct supervision”?

Direct supervision requires that the supervising pharmacist be present when the restricted activity is being performed and be able to observe and promptly intervene to stop or change the actions of the individual under supervision.

What formal training qualifies?

Individuals on the provisional and the student register cannot receive authorization to administer injections from ACP; therefore, there will be no authorization noted on their practice permit. The supervising pharmacist must ensure that training has been completed.

  • Interns must complete a CCCEP Stage 2 accredited training program. Pharmacy students may complete training as part of a faculty of pharmacy curriculum. In both situations, the intern or student should be able to show you a certificate indicating successful completion of the training.

Application for the authorization to administer injections may be made upon transfer to the Clinical Pharmacist Register. Students must apply for the authorization within six months of graduation and interns must apply within one year of completing an accredited training program.

A note about SPT and extracurricular work experience

Extracurricular hours spent working in a pharmacy are not eligible as SPT; however, interns and students must notify ACP of any extracurricular work experience being undertaken as a provisional pharmacist or student pharmacist.

Students who work in pharmacies outside of clinical rotations and interns who have completed their SPT program, but continue to work in a pharmacy, must complete and forward the Extracurricular Student Work Experience Notification Form. This notification requires identification of a preceptor who will be responsible for the work of the intern or student.  

The opportunity to perform restricted activities under the supervision of a clinical pharmacist is an important part of developing competency. Administration of injections by interns or students should be considered in this context. Preceptors and supervising pharmacists are responsible for ensuring this occurs in an appropriate environment.  See the Lessons Learned section of the September/October 2015 issue of aφnews for more information.

Alumni/student mentorship program seeking volunteers
October 6, 2015

The U of A Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is seeking mentors to share knowledge and provide advice to current students as they transition from academic to professional life.

This program is a great opportunity for students to learn from pharmacists and explore various career paths.

To learn more about the mentorship program or sign up, please visit: https://www.ualberta.ca/pharmacy/alumni-and-giving/mentorship 

Inaugural winner of ACP award for pharmacy technicians
October 6, 2015

Congratulations to Sue Allen! Sue is the first recipient of the ACP award for highest marks on the PEBC Qualifying Exams for pharmacy technicians.

ACP council president Rick Hackman presented Sue with a framed certificate of achievement and a $1,000 cheque at the Pharmacy Technician Society of Alberta (PTSA) 25th annual conference which took place September 18-19, 2015, in Edmonton.

Read more about Sue and her award in the September/October 2015 issue of aφnews.

Shine the light on someone you admire!
October 6, 2015

Nominate a friend, colleague, or healthcare team for an Alberta Pharmacy Excellence (APEX) Award. Now in its ninth year, the APEX Awards recognize role models, celebrate great patient care, and raise the profile of pharmacy in Alberta.

There are categories for up-and-coming pharmacists (Future of Pharmacy Award), dedicated and longtime professionals (M.J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction), pharmacists who give back to their community (Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia), and more. 

Nominations are being accepted online until October 30, 2015. For more details and a full list of categories, please visit pharmacists.ab.ca/apex-awards.

Pharmacist survey reminder
October 6, 2015

ACP is surveying pharmacists on the clinical register.

Instructions were sent in late September to pharmacists who have elected in their registrant profile to accept survey invitations.  

Advanis, an independent research company, has been commissioned by ACP to survey pharmacists on the clinical register. ACP is interested in gathering opinions, measuring awareness, and examining the views of how the college is performing in its work to govern pharmacists in Alberta.

Survey instructions were emailed in late September to pharmacists on the clinical register who have elected in their registrant profile to accept survey invitations.  If you are a pharmacist  (who has provided consent to receive survey invitations) and have not yet completed the survey, please visit http://surveys.advanis.ca/acp2015 to have your voice heard.  

The survey will explore: 

  • the awareness and expectations registrants have of their college
  • satisfaction levels with the services provided by ACP
  • the threats and opportunities facing pharmacy today and in the future
  • pharmacists’ readiness to take on expanded roles and responsibilities in their practice settings
  • satisfaction levels with ACP’s communication tools and preference for engagement with ACP

Provisional and regulated pharmacy technicians were surveyed in 2014 which will be the last time pharmacists and technicians are surveyed separately.

ACP will be using the themes generated from this year’s survey as a foundation to build its 2018 survey which will be the first survey cycle to target all stakeholders at the same time - including the public, government, and all ACP registrants. 

The survey deadline is October 12, 2015. Watch for survey findings to be shared in an upcoming issue of aφnews.

If you have any questions, please call or email: 

Advanis for technical support, quote project 3920: 1-866-542-6921 or sdayacp2015@advanis.ca.

ACP for general questions about the survey: Shirley Nowicki, Communications Director at 780-990-0321 or via email at Shirley.Nowicki@pharmacists.ab.ca.

September 2015 council meeting
October 6, 2015

Council convened in Banff on September 23 - 25, 2015.

Here is a summary of council discussion and decisions from that meeting:

Proposed amendments to the Scheduled Drugs Regulation

The Scheduled Drugs Regulation expires in the fall of 2016.  In preparation for the review of the Scheduled Drugs Regulation, Council discussed the possibility of seeking amendment to move non-prescription codeine containing drugs from schedule 2 to schedule 1. A more comprehensive discussion will take place in December.

System-to-system interfaces between pharmacy practice management systems and NETCARE

Council supports the importance of a real time (system-to-system) interface between pharmacy practice management systems and NETCARE.  A more comprehensive discussion will take place in December to determine how ACP and government might work together to develop a strategy for improving accessibility to patient information for pharmacists.

Guidelines for Medication, Vaccine and Injection Safety (including hand hygiene)

ACP is working with representatives from CPSA and CARNA to develop guidelines based on infection prevention and control (IPAC) principles. The intent is for all three colleges to create standard expectations for pharmacists, nurses and physicians for hand hygiene; and medication, vaccine and injection safety. In addition to standardization across professions, expectations of practice will be consistent throughout the province.  Council held a discussion on the proposed guidelines and recommended amendments for the IPAC committee’s consideration. 

Competence program for pharmacy technicians – approval of rules

Council approved the rules for the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) for pharmacy technicians. The program will mirror the pharmacist program and will be implemented in 2016.

More details about ‘coming into effect’ and implementation will follow throughout the fall. Tools that are currently available to pharmacists for managing their professional development, will equally be made available to pharmacy technicians.

Business priorities for 2016

Council provided direction to move forward with developing ACP’s 2016 business plan based on the following priorities and goals.  Prior to the end of 2016 ACP will:

  • Secure a new vendor for our information management system, and programming to support ACP’s business will be underway (system implementation to be completed by end of 2017)
    • Complete an analysis of reports that will be required from the new system (implement 2018)
  • Modernize role statements for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
  • Propose amendments to the Scheduled Drugs Regulation to Alberta Health
  • Complete a review and analysis of registration policies and procedures for regulated members and pharmacies
  • Facilitate pharmacy technicians complete learning and implementation records in fulfilling their competence requirements
  • DRAFT a Framework to guide pharmacists and pharmacy technicians use Point of Care Technologies

 

The next regular meeting of council is scheduled November 30 – December 1, 2015.

Upcoming Competence Program Requirements for pharmacy technicians: a sneak peek
October 6, 2015

ACP council recently approved the rules and requirements for the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) for pharmacy technicians. Here is a summary of the program requirements. The program will mirror the pharmacist program and will be implemented in 2016.

Here is a summary of the program requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 15 CEUs of learning activities during the CE cycle (December 1 - November 30) and document each learning activity on one or more Learning Records.
  2. Implement at least one CEU equivalent of learning into practice and document this on an Implementation Record.
  3. Complete any prescribed learning directed by the Competence Committee.

Pharmacy technicians will access the program materials through the CCP portal. This portal will be available in January 2016 and you will have until the end of your CE cycle (November 30, 2016) to complete the program requirements. You may only claim learning activities that have been completed during the corresponding CE cycle (i.e., December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2016).

All pharmacy technicians are required to complete the competence program to be eligible to renew your practice permit for the following registration year. If you are on the provisional pharmacy technician register, you are not required to complete the program.

Once the portal is available, you will have to complete the mandatory CCP tutorial. This tutorial will help you to understand the program requirements and review how to use the CCP portal. Stay tuned for more information about your competence program through aφnews and The Link.

September 2015 Health Product InfoWatch now available
September 28, 2015

The September 2015 issue of Health Product InfoWatch (formerly Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter), published by the Marketed Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, is now available. This newsletter is a monthly publication providing safety information on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and natural health products.

In this issue:

  • Monthly recap of health safety product information 
  • New information - Case report: Negative pressure wound therapy devices and the risk of bleeding 
Audit of professional declarations
September 22, 2015

On September 8, 2015, five percent of pharmacists were notified by email that they’ve been randomly selected for audit of the professional declarations made during the registration renewal period. This consists of an audit of the pharmacist’s professional liability insurance, and for pharmacists with authorization to administer drugs by injection, an audit of the pharmacist’s CPR and First Aid certification.

If you have received an email titled: ACP – Professional Declarations Audit, please submit a copy of your current:

  • Professional liability insurance policy (minimum of $2 million dollars in coverage), and
  • CPR (minimum Level C) and First Aid Certification (Standard or Emergency), if applicable.

Check your emails to see whether you have been selected, and if so, please submit the requested documentation as outlined in the email by October 31, 2015.

Remember, if you are on the clinical register it is your responsibility to ensure that you have current and valid personal professional liability coverage at all times; otherwise you are not permitted to practise. If you have authorization to administer injections, you must maintain current and valid CPR and First Aid certification; otherwise you are not permitted to administer injections.

If you have any questions about this audit, please contact the competence department by email at PDAudit@pharmacists.ab.ca, by phone at 780-990-0321, or toll-free at 1-877-227-3838.

Reminder to submit resolutions
September 22, 2015

Turn your ideas for change into proposed resolutions!

ACP’s policies and standards of practice evolve from insights received from our members; best practices observed in other professions and systems; and needs identified by patients.

Proposing a resolution is one way that you can identify opportunities that Council may deliberate to improve the practice of pharmacy in Alberta. Proposed resolutions must be consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the College. 

The rules for resolutions and examples of past resolutions can be found on ACP’s website.  

Proposed resolutions must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on October 2, 2015.                                          

Submit your proposed resolution in writing, accompanied by the signatures and licence numbers of 10 voting members in good standing, to:

Leslie Ainslie, Executive Assistant
Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100 - 8215 112 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8
Fax: 780-990-0328
Email: leslie.ainslie@pharmacists.ab.ca

Survey: community pharmacists' perceptions of palliative care
September 22, 2015

As most palliative care patients wish to remain at home as long as possible, there is an increasing need for community pharmacists to be involved in their care.  

Dr. Serena Rix, Palliative Pharmacist at Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, and her research team, invite you to participate in a 10-minute survey aimed at trying to identify the comfort level of community pharmacists providing service to this distinct population. The ultimate goal will be to create educational courses and clinical decision support tools to aid in this endeavor.

If you’re interested in participating in the survey, click here.

Tips for submitting your additional prescribing authorization application
September 22, 2015

When submitting your application for additional prescribing authorization, it’s important to ensure that all patient information is anonymous.

For the protection of your patients, please ensure their name, personal health number, address, and phone numbers cannot be identified.

If using a black marker, ensure that the patient’s personal information cannot be seen; white out correction tape works well.

You don’t need to mask the physician or pharmacist information. In fact, it’s crucial that assessors know who did what. When several physicians are involved in the patient’s care, it’s important for them to know who you are sending information to, and when.

Please take the time to ensure this is done correctly on both copies, otherwise your application may be returned to you.

2015 National Health Informatics eSafety Summit
September 22, 2015

Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services, and Canada’s Health Informatics Association (COACH) invite pharmacists to attend the 2015 National Health Informatics eSafety Summit on October 27, 2015, in Edmonton.

This one-day event will feature the latest information on eSafety in the public and private sectors. The summit will attract national and international leaders, subject matter experts as well as key stakeholders working in the field of patient safety health informatics.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.coachorg.com/en/newsandevents/national-esafety-summit.asp

Responsible promotion of immunization services: they're not free
September 22, 2015

Patients may not have to pay out of pocket for publicly funded immunizations, but that does not mean the services are free.

Further, there are situations where individuals, such as visitors from out of province, must pay for an immunization. Advertising these services as such could be determined to be misleading. 

Section 24(1)(a) of the Pharmacy and Drug Regulation stipulates that, "A licensee and a proprietor must ensure that advertising in relation to a licensed pharmacy is not false or misleading.” If a third party is paying for the service, it is not free and patients should be aware that there is a cost to their health plan and the province.

Therefore, ACP is requesting that all pharmacy licensees review the policies and practices at their pharmacy with respect to promotion of this year’s publicly funded immunization program.

Please ensure that all internal and external promotion of your pharmacy’s immunizations services do not indicate that they are free. If you feel the need to advise patients that they will not be required to pay for services provided by your pharmacy; then more acceptable wording may be something akin to “…at no charge to you.”

ACP previously provided guidance on his subject through The Link on December 4, 2014.

U of A Job Shadow Week: November 9-13
September 22, 2015

Give a pharmacy student a day-in-the-life glimpse of your practice by hosting them during U of A Job Shadow Week, November 9-13 (excluding November 11).

Through this program, you are matched with a U of A student, alumnus or post-doctoral fellow for a workplace visit during Reading Week. The participant will spend one to four days with you learning about the day-to-day realities of your field, gaining valuable advice and insight, and making connections.

U of A provides mandatory training to all job shadow participants on professionalism, confidentiality and protocol. Any individual who works in the Edmonton Capital Region, or in Camrose for students at Augustana Campus, may volunteer to host a job shadow experience for U of A students and alumni. Hosts will need to be available at least one day during the designated U of A Job Shadow Week.     

The deadline to sign up is Friday, October 2, 2015. To sign up and learn more about Job Shadow Week, please visit the U of A Career Centre website.

 

Nominations now open for the 2016 APEX Awards
September 9, 2015

ACP and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA) are once again teaming up on March 3, 2016, for the ninth annual APEX Awards. These awards recognize excellence in pharmacy practice in Alberta and we want your nominations!

Submit your nomination(s) today to help recognize role models, celebrate great patient care, and raise the profile of pharmacy in Alberta. Recipients are publicized at events, in print, and online across the province.

Nominations are being accepted online until October 30, 2015. This year the nomination process has been streamlined. Now, a robust letter of nomination addressing the award criteria, along with supporting documentation (if available), is all that it takes.  

For complete submission details and award categories, please visit pharmacists.ab.ca/apex-awards.

What is the Continuing Competence Program prescribed activity for 2015/2016?
September 9, 2015

For the 2015/2016 Continuing Education (CE) cycle, pharmacists must complete the Jurisprudence Self-Assessment tool, found in the Self-Assessment/Prescribed Activities section of the CCP portal. This self-assessment tool will test your jurisprudence knowledge and help you identify potential learning needs. The Alberta College of Pharmacists will NOT be monitoring or keeping track of your self-assessment results. This is for your own continuing professional development.

Jurisprudence is not only about drug schedules and prescription regulations – it is about your everyday pharmacy practice, patient care, and prescribing. As a pharmacist, it is your responsibility, regardless of where you practise, to be aware of and understand the current Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and federal and provincial legislation that pertain to pharmacy practice.

For assistance, please contact a member of the competence team at competence@pharmacists.ab.ca.

What browser are you using to access the Continuing Competence Program portal?
September 9, 2015

Are you experiencing any technical issues with the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) portal? It may be because the browser or version of the browser you are using is not compatible with the CCP portal. It has come to our attention a number of pharmacists are accessing the portal through a shared work computer that uses Internet Explorer 8.

Unfortunately, this version of Explorer has become obsolete and may result in technical difficulties, especially when completing the prescribed activity.

To avoid any technical issues, we recommend that you use a different browser (e.g., Firefox or Google Chrome) or download a later version of Internet Explorer. 

Continuing Competence Program (CCP) for pharmacy technicians
September 9, 2015

A Continuing Competence Program (CCP) for pharmacy technicians will be implemented in 2016. All pharmacy technicians will be required to complete this program on an annual basis.

Want a preview? ACP will be introducing and presenting on the Continuing Competence Program for pharmacy technicians at the upcoming Pharmacy Technician Society of Alberta's (PTSA) Technician Conference. Join us Saturday, September 19, 2015, between 8:00 am – 8:45 am (during breakfast and registration) to learn more about the program and get a preview of what you can expect in 2016.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.pharmacytechnicians.ab.ca/pages/conferenceregistration.php

 

University of Alberta Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Preceptor Workshops
September 9, 2015

Registration is now open for all 2015 U of A Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences preceptor workshops. Workshops are available in Grande Prairie, Calgary, Edmonton and via the Online Lync (AHS/Covenant/Capital Care employees only.)

If you are located outside of Calgary or Edmonton and are interested in hosting a workshop in 2016, please contact the faculty at phexed@ualberta.ca.

For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.cognitoforms.com/Phexedualbertaca/WorkshopRegistration.   

Nominations due October 30 for the 2016 APEX Awards
September 8, 2015

                                                                                
ACP and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA) are once again teaming up on March 3, 2016, for the ninth annual APEX Awards. These awards recognize excellence in pharmacy practice in Alberta and we want your nominations!

Submit your nomination(s) today to help recognize role models, celebrate great patient care, and raise the profile of pharmacy in Alberta. Recipients are publicized at events, in print, and online across the province.

Nominations are being accepted online until October 30, 2015. This year the nomination process has been streamlined. Now, a robust letter of nomination addressing the award criteria, along with supporting documentation (if available) is all that it takes.  

For complete submission details and award categories, click here.

August 2015 Health Product InfoWatch now available
August 28, 2015

The August 2015 issue of Health Product InfoWatch (formerly Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter), published by the Marketed Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, is now available. This newsletter is a monthly publication providing safety information on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and natural health products.

In this issue:

  • Monthly recap of health safety product information 
  • New information - Review article: Rivaroxaban and liver injury
Continuing Competence Program for pharmacy technicians - a sneak peek
August 25, 2015

ACP will be introducing and presenting on the Continuing Competence Program at the upcoming Pharmacy Technician Society of Alberta’s (PTSA) Technician Conference. Join us Saturday, September 19, 2015, between 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. (during breakfast and registration) to learn more about the program and get a preview of what you can expect in 2016. 

For more information and to register, please visit: www.pharmacytechnicians.ab.ca/pages/conferenceregistration.php

U of A PharmD program application deadline: September 1, 2015
August 25, 2015

Apply to be in the first class of the University of Alberta’s new part-time PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists Program. This program includes course work (delivered primarily in an online format) and experiential learning. The program begins January 2016 with an application deadline of September 1, 2015.

To learn more about the program, please visit http://pharm.ualberta.ca/programs/undergraduate-doctor-of-pharmacy

Now available: Influenza Immunization Policy 2015/2016
August 25, 2015

Alberta Health Services has released its Influenza Immunization Policy for the 2015/2016 season. The public launch for the 2015-2016 Influenza Immunization Program is October 20, 2015. Community providers, including pharmacists, must not administer influenza vaccine prior to this date.Watch for more detailed pharmacy-related information and highlights coming from ACP in the near future.

To read the Influenza Immunization Policy 2015/2016, please visit the AHS website: http://www.health.alberta.ca/documents/AIP-Influenza-Immunization-Policy-2015.pdf

Labour Day office closure
August 25, 2015
Just a reminder that ACP will be closed for Labour Day, Monday, September 7, 2015. The office will reopen on Tuesday, September 8. ACP wishes you a safe and happy long weekend. 
Symposium: Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Alberta Branch
August 11, 2015

The Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) Alberta Branch invites all hospital pharmacists and pharmacists practicing in non-traditional settings to its annual symposium on September 11 and 12, 2015, in Edmonton.

The symposium offers a broad selection of clinically-focused presentations as well as a one day leadership workshop designed to provide pharmacists with communications and change management training.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://cshp-ab.ca 

 

Forgery Alerts - it's a joint responsibility
August 11, 2015

As of last week, you may have noticed a change in how you have been receiving Forgery Alerts.  ACP is now using Industry Mailout – the very same email service we use to send you “The Link”, “ACPnews”, and other important notices. 

Occasionally, we will hear from Registrants who do not want to receive the Forgery Alerts; and it is important for us to explain why it is a joint responsibility between the College and our Registrants to tap into this information.

The primary mandate of the ACP is to protect the health and wellbeing of Albertans. An important part of this protection is ensuring the integrity of the drug distribution system. Forgery alerts are a key way we ensure registrants are aware of, and remain vigilant for behaviour that compromises Alberta’s drug distribution and health systems. This core responsibility is shared between the college and our registrants. Staying informed is a crucial responsibility we all share to support quality practice and ensuring patient safety.

Reminder: report employment changes
August 11, 2015

Changing employers or moving into a new home can be a busy and exciting time! Just a reminder that updates to your contact information or employment must be reported to ACP within 14 days of the change. Employment changes can be reported via email, fax or by phoning ACP directly.  You can change your contact information online (https://acp.alinityapp.com/webclient) under your registration profile or by email, fax or phone.

For more information, please refer to 41(1) and 41(2) of the Health Professions Act Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Profession Regulation, available online: https://pharmacists.ab.ca/provincial-legislation

Continuing Competence Program for pharmacy technicians - a sneak peek
August 11, 2015

The development of a Continuing Competence Program for pharmacy technicians is underway and targeted to roll-out January 2016.

In June, council approved a framework for the competence program based on the recommendations from a working group of pharmacy technicians and the competence committee. The program is modelled after that for pharmacists, with an emphasis on professional development and continuous improvement.

ACP will be introducing and presenting on the Continuing Competence Program for pharmacy technicians at the upcoming Pharmacy Technician Society of Alberta’s (PTSA) Technician Conference. Join us Saturday, September 19, 2015, between 8:00 a.m. –8:45 a.m. (during breakfast and registration) to learn more about the program and get a preview of what you can expect in 2016. This info session is available to conference participants.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.pharmacytechnicians.ab.ca/pages/conferenceregistration.php

Pharmacist competency review survey - deadline extended
August 11, 2015

The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) is looking for more Alberta pharmacists in active practice to participate in a national survey to evaluate competencies required at entry to professional practice.

Your feedback is critical and important to developing entry to practice evaluations that will ensure candidates are competent before entering practice.

If you currently practice in a patient care setting, ACP encourages you to participate in the survey to help accurately reflect practice in our jurisdiction. Registration to participate in the survey has been extended to August 26, 2015, with a survey completion date of September 13, 2015.

Pharmacists are invited to register to participate at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PEBC_Ph2015

Please note that some institutions may block the links to SurveyMonkey. If this occurs, please use a home computer. If the link still does not work, please send your name, personal e-mail address, and province/territory to PEBC@proexam.org

APEX Awards: Get Ready to Celebrate Pharmacy in Alberta!
July 28, 2015

It’s time to hear about all the outstanding pharmacists practicing across Alberta who have truly made a difference in the profession and in the lives of their patients.  ACP and RxA are eager to celebrate the people who define excellence, but we need your help.  Now is the time to start thinking about those superstars in the profession who deserve to be recognized and celebrated. Nominations for the APEX Awards will open first week in September.

More good news…

We realize the demands on people’s time can be very challenging, so we have streamlined the process to make it more comfortable and less time consuming to submit a nomination.  Stay tuned for more details about the NEW nomination process in upcoming issues of The Link. 

For information on the awards, please visit:  https://pharmacists.ab.ca/apex-awards

Forgery Alerts and the importance of reporting a forgery
July 28, 2015

Drug abuse and diversion are ongoing problems which many pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Alberta may encounter in the form of a forged prescription. If you suspect a forgery, take action – first, check with the prescriber to confirm, and then report the attempt to ACP and to the police.

Reporting a forgery attempt to ACP:

  • promotes awareness of recent prescription forgery attempts and forgery tactics;
  • helps prevent diversion of drugs, thus maintaining the integrity of the drug system; and
  • helps us create a listing of forgery attempts for the calendar year, so that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have another tool to aid them in forgery detection.

Did you know we have an ONLINE Forgery Reporting system? To report a forgery, visit https://pharmacists.ab.ca/forgery-alerts

Follow us on Social Media
July 28, 2015

At ACP, we invite you to join in on the conversation and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Social media allows us to connect with a wider audience and engage in conversations about pharmacy practice in Alberta. We discuss ACP’s mandate, our expectations of pharmacy practitioners, current news stories, local and international events and the standards that both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians follow.  ACP is a trusted resource for people when they have questions or concerns about pharmacy practice. 

We welcome your questions, and comments via social media. Our goal is to provide a community where individuals can share content, ideas and experiences and find helpful information.

Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/ACPharmacists or Tweet to us @ACPharmacists

Triplicate Prescription Program reminder: Benzodiazepines added to Alberta prescription monitoring list
July 28, 2015

In 2013, half a million prescriptions for at least one benzodiazepine were issued in Alberta, similar levels to all opioid prescriptions combined. To help address the province’s growing health issue with drug abuse and misuse, benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like medications have been added to Alberta’s Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP). The change is effective July 1, 2015.

Benzodiazepines will be monitored electronically through Netcare via the Pharmaceutical Information Network (PIN), with no change to prescribing or dispensing. Unlike other drugs on the TPP list, benzodiazepines will not require a triplicate prescription, and prescribers are not required to register with the TPP to prescribe them.

  • There are no changes to the legislative or standards requirements for filling a prescription for a benzodiazepine or a benzodiazepine-like medication.

     

    1. TPP prescriptions pads are not required
    2. Record keeping requirements are unchanged
    3. Verbal prescriptions continue to be allowed
    4. Prescriptive authority is unchanged
    5. Notification to the TPP program occurs via your regular upload to PIN (Netcare)

     

  • Due to the potential for abuse or misuse, pharmacists are encouraged to review their processes for ensuring the appropriateness, effectiveness, and safety of prescriptions for benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like medications

     

    1. Employ Chat, Check, and Chart when filling prescriptions for these medications
    2. Check Netcare prior to filling prescriptions for these medications
    3. Develop collaborative relationships with physicians and other health care professionals who are caring for the patient

     

    Why are benzodiazepine-like medications included?

  • Although Zopiclone is not included in the Benzodiazepines and Other Targeted Substances Regulations to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act it has similar properties, side effects and drug interactions. For this reason a decision was made to monitor it as part of the program. 
  • There are no changes to prescriptive authority. When appropriate, pharmacists may adapt prescriptions for Zopiclone, and pharmacists with additional prescribing authorization may prescribe it.

If the TPP identifies high-risk prescribing patterns, the College of Physicians and Surgeons contacts the physician to discuss the case in more detail. Physicians are also alerted if their patients are seeing more than one physician for the same drug. In late 2013, The Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) began providing similar notifications to pharmacists when high risk patients were identified.

The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) operates the TPP on behalf of program partners including Alberta pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and nurse practitioners. The program tracks the prescribing and dispensing of drugs subject to misuse and abuse, resulting in improved prescribing and better patient safety.

The program will add codeine-containing drugs in 2016.  Likewise, it will not require a triplicate prescription or registration with the TPP to prescribe these drugs.

For more information please visit: http://www.cpsa.ab.ca/Services/Triplicate_Prescription_Program.aspx

Triplicate Prescription Program update
July 21, 2015

Benzodiazepines added to Alberta prescription monitoring list

In 2013, half a million prescriptions for at least one benzodiazepine were issued in Alberta, similar levels to all opioid prescriptions combined. To help address the province’s growing health issue with drug abuse and misuse, benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like medications have been added to Alberta’s Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP). The change is effective July 1, 2015.

Benzodiazepines will be monitored electronically through the Pharmaceutical Information Network (PIN), with no change to prescribing or dispensing. Unlike other drugs on the TPP list, benzodiazepines will not require a triplicate prescription, and prescribers are not required to register with the TPP to prescribe them.

Do I need to change my process of filling prescriptions for these drugs?

  • There are no changes to the legislative or standards requirements for filling a prescription for a benzodiazepine or a benzodiazepine-like medication.
    • TPP prescriptions pads are not required
    • Record keeping requirements are unchanged
    • Verbal prescriptions continue to be allowed
    • Prescriptive authority is unchanged
    • Notification to the TPP program occurs via your regular upload to PIN (Netcare)
  • Due to the potential for abuse or misuse, pharmacists are encouraged to review their processes for ensuring the appropriateness, effectiveness, and safety of prescriptions for benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like medications
    • Employ Chat, Check, and Chart when filling prescriptions for these medications
    • Check Netcare prior to filling prescriptions for these medications
    • Develop collaborative relationships with physicians and other health care professionals who are caring for the patient

Why are benzodiazepine-like medications included?

  • Although Zopiclone is not included in the Benzodiazepines and Other Targeted Substances Regulations to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act it has similar properties, side effects and drug interactions. For this reason a decision was made to monitor it as part of the program. 
  • There are no changes to prescriptive authority. When appropriate, pharmacists may adapt prescriptions for Zopiclone, and pharmacists with additional prescribing authorization may prescribe it.

If the TPP identifies high-risk prescribing patterns, the College of Physicians and Surgeons contacts the physician to discuss the case in more detail. Physicians are also alerted if their patients are seeing more than one physician for the same drug. In late 2013, The Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) began providing similar notifications to pharmacists when high risk patients were identified.

The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) operates the TPP on behalf of program partners including Alberta pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and nurse practitioners. The program tracks the prescribing and dispensing of drugs subject to misuse and abuse, resulting in improved prescribing and better patient safety.

The program will add codeine-containing drugs in 2016.  Likewise, it will not require a triplicate prescription or registration with the TPP to prescribe these drugs.

For more information please visit the CPSA Triplicate Prescription Program page.

Hearing notice: Melissa Kendrick
July 21, 2015
Hearing status                Appeal Pending
Registrant Melissa Kendrick
Charge Unprofessional Conduct
Date September 25, 2015
Time 9:30 AM
Location

Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100-8215 112 St. NW
Edmonton, AB   T6G 2C8

In accordance with Section 78 of the Health Professions Act, this conduct hearing will be open to the public unless the hearing tribunal accepts a motion or application to close the hearing.
 
To inquire about available seating to observe this hearing, contact Margaret Morley at 780-990-0321 or hearings@pharmacists.ab.ca. Pre-registration is required.
 
Please note that the hearing schedule is subject to change. Members of the public should check the ACP website for current hearing information.
 
Please direct media inquiries to Ashley Edwards Scott, Communications Coordinator at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca.
CSHP survey to identify learning needs for compounding: an invitation to participate!
July 14, 2015

The Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) invites all pharmacy personnel who are involved in compounding aseptic (sterile) preparations to take a 10-15 minute survey to tell CSHP what topics they would like to learn more about regarding aseptic compounding, and how they want to learn it. Your responses will inform the development of tools to help practitioners enhance their competencies regarding compounding.

CSHP wants to hear from all pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy assistants who compound and those who supervise or manage compounding operations.

The survey is open to all pharmacy personnel who compounds aseptic preparations, so please send the link to your colleagues!

To access the survey: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/PRAs/

U of A offers PharmD program for practicing pharmacists
July 14, 2015

The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is now accepting applications for its new part-time PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists Program. The program includes course work (delivered primarily in an online format) and experiential learning. The program begins in January 2016 and the application deadline is September 1st, 2015.

For more information about the program, please visit http://pharm.ualberta.ca/programs/undergraduate-doctor-of-pharmacy

25th Annual Pharmacy Technician Conference
July 14, 2015

The Pharmacy Technician Society of Alberta (PTSA) invites all technicians and pharmacists from across the province to its 25th Anniversary Technician Conference being held in Edmonton on September 18 and 19, 2015.  In collaboration with ACP and RxA, a pharmacist stream has been included in this year’s conference.  Registration has opened this week. 

For more information and to register, please visit www.pharmacytechnicians.ab.ca/pages/conferenceregistration.php

Continuing Competence Program news
July 14, 2015

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”  - Benjamin Franklin

Congratulations to all the pharmacists who submitted their first professional portfolio in the new Continuing Competence Program (CCP). We want to thank you for stepping up to the challenge, taking time to learn about the new program, and embracing it with an open-mind. We have appreciated all of your questions and feedback.  CCP was established based upon your initial input, and your ongoing feedback is important to us as we move forward in maturing the program.

The main objectives of the CCP are to foster meaningful and relevant professional growth while empowering you to continuously enhance your practice.  The program provides you with essential tools to support your professional development while enabling you to take an active approach to learning.

By applying your knowledge and skills and reflecting on your experiences, you are reinforcing your learning and evaluating your practice - ultimately leading to self-improvement and positive changes in your environment.

CCP Survey Results

Thank you to the over 1300 pharmacists who took part in our survey and provided feedback on the Continuing Competence Program. 

82 per cent of pharmacists “strongly agreed/agreed”

“I found this program excellent. It allowed me to better reflect on my learning, which I feel resulted in the information "sticking" better. It was very easy to use.”

“The team that developed this program did an excellent job. I feel better knowing that all my colleagues are engaging in ongoing learning…This program ensures accountability. I think this is long time needed.”

“At first I was unsure about this new system but I have found the format to be very user friendly and quite applicable to my practice setting.  It allowed me to easily incorporate the learning I needed to do for my job into something I could also report to the college.”

“I found that by completing the learning record and implementation record I was more aware of my learning and how it fit into my practice.”

18 per cent of pharmacists “disagreed/strongly disagreed”

“Do not like reflection of learning. I have procrastinated completing this program because of all the steps involved and hassle of completing questions that do not apply to my practice.”

81 per cent of pharmacists “strongly agreed/agreed”

“I thought the portal was a very user-friendly way to record learning and found I was thinking deeper into each activity I did as to how I could use it in my practice.”

“I really like it. It is very user friendly. It is far less cumbersome than the CCP we had last year. I appreciate writing up each course/learning activity because it gives reason to pause and reflect on the usefulness of that activity.”

“I enjoyed the freedom to learn on my own terms. The implementation motivated me to try something new in my practice. The web portal is very easy to use and upload information to. I look forward to keeping better track of My CE's as the upload is so easy.”

“I found this to be a great way to document my learning activities. It does not take much time at all and is very easy to navigate. I like having everything 'electronic’”

19 per cent of pharmacists “disagreed/strongly disagreed”

“I didn't like having to upload documents. It took a lot of time and I am a busy person so did not appreciate that.”

 

81-84 per cent of pharmacists “strongly agreed/agreed”

“I really enjoyed this experience. It was very clear to understand what was expected of me and the questions in the learning record and implementation record really forced me to evaluate what I had learned.”

“Once I was familiar with the process, the documentation portion was quite simple.  I had no problem at all understanding what was required and how to submit it.  The tutorial gave very good examples on how to complete the program.”

“I found the questions relevant and consistent, easy to follow, helpful for organizing and implementing learning.”

“Having the samples of learning and implementation records, as provided in the tutorial, was very helpful as I was challenged to completely understand some of the questions.”

16-19 per cent of pharmacists “disagreed/strongly disagreed”

 “I think the system will work well now that I have oriented myself to it, but it was cumbersome to complete the first time around.  I think some of the questions in the Learning Record are a bit ambiguous so I'm still not 100 per cent sure I have concisely described what the college is looking for.  I do think it will get easier as we all go forward, as long as the process does not significantly change every few years.”

39 per cent of pharmacists rated the program as “excellent/very good”

“I enjoyed the flexibility of the new program.  I found the ability to apply it to one’s practice environment in an individual manner welcoming.  Being able to submit real life learning in an area of interest provided validity to the program and reduces the anxiety of being evaluated on areas outside of one’s everyday practice.”

“I like that it "makes" us do useful and practical continuing education to better our practice.  I was a bit apprehensive at first, but now that I am finished I believe it is a very useful program and I think will help me become a better pharmacist!  Tutorial was easy to understand, and even thought the process of entering and submitting everything is time consuming I believe it to be worthwhile.”

50 per cent of pharmacists rated the program as “good/fair”

“I think it is reasonable to have pharmacists explain what they have learned, and why. Additionally it is reasonable that we should demonstrate how we have applied our learnings.  This system will help pharmacists be organized and set realistic goals and applying them to practice.”

“I think this program is a much better way of evaluating pharmacists as opposed to writing multiple choice exams. I think next year, I will be much better and more prepared to complete the implementation records now that I know what is expected. This year felt like a fairly steep learning curve and quite a drastic change from the previous competence program.”

11 per cent of pharmacists rated the program as “poor”

“Cumbersome, overly complicated and took far too long. I often do CEs as I see a need but I am not always in a position to document. Very time consuming to go back and review key learning points.”

Updates to the CCP portal

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” - Mark Twain

The 2015-2016 cycle is now activated and you may start to plan and document your learning activities. Over the past few weeks, we have been reviewing your comments and making improvements to the CCP portal based on your feedback. We will continually listen to your feedback and make enhancements to the program as appropriate. Here is a summary of some of the changes:

Your Feedback

 

Improvements to portal

“The portal was confusing especially at the beginning”

We have simplified the instructions provided in the CCP portal.

 

“I find the wording in both the Learning Record and Implementation Record slightly confusing.”

We have reworded and revised some of the questions found in the Learning and Implementation Records. We have also added and revised a number of help bubbles to help clarify the questions.

 

“I was initially confused and thought that I was required to complete all of the self-assessment tools.”

The self-assessment section has been reformatted to clearly differentiate between the required and optional items.

 

“There is not enough space to fully capture all the key points covered in an activity.”

The character limit for Question five in the Learning Record has been increased. Note: You only need to list your key learning elements. This may be a summary of what you’ve learned or specific information you wish to highlight.

 

“I believe implementation log should not be limited to CEU done within the year, but it should be expanded to include other years."

In the Implementation Record, we have added an optional box where you may reference learning that was completed in a previous CE cycle. However, CEUs completed in the previous CE cycle do not count towards the minimum one CEU requirement.

You are still required to complete one hour of learning related to your implementation objective within the current CE cycle. Perhaps you could review your notes, or read a related journal article to supplement your learning.

 

“It would be more helpful to show me which questions I have missed in the learning records to make it easier to enter in my records.”

We are currently working on adding a function to highlight questions still requiring a response. This functionality is planned to roll-out in the summer for both the Learning and Implementation Records.

 

“It was inconvenient to have to sign in 3 times! Easier access would be appreciated.”

We are currently working on a streamlined login process anticipated to be available this summer.

Prescribed activity for the 2015/2016 CE cycle

As a reminder, every year, all pharmacists on the clinical register are required to:

  1. Complete at least 15 CEUs during the CE cycle and document each learning activity on one or more Learning Records;
  2. Implement at least one CEU worth of learning into their practice and document this on an Implementation Record; and
  3. Complete any required learning that has been assigned by the Competence Committee.

For the 2015/2016 CE cycle, pharmacists must complete the Jurisprudence Self-Assessment tool. This self-assessment tool will test your jurisprudence knowledge and help you identify potential learning needs. The Alberta College of Pharmacists will NOT be monitoring or keeping track of your self-assessment results. This is for your own continuing professional development.

Jurisprudence is not only about drug schedules and prescription regulations – it is about your everyday pharmacy practice, patient care, and prescribing. As a pharmacist, it is your responsibility, regardless of where you practice, to be aware of and understand the current Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and federal and provincial legislation that pertain to pharmacy practice.

 

New pharmacy licence? Update your website
June 30, 2015

When you receive your new pharmacy licence, ensure it is uploaded onto your website. Section 23 of the Pharmacy and Drug Regulation requires that pharmacy websites must display a scanned copy of the current pharmacy licence.

Please ensure  information on your website is current and meets all the requirements outlined in the Pharmacy and Drug Regulation (Section 23):

  • The location, mailing address, email address and telephone number of the licensed pharmacy
  • The name, pharmacist practice permit number, and business address of the licensee
  • A statement that the licensee is required to provide, on the request of a patient, the name and practice permit number of any regulated member who provides a pharmacy service to the patient or who engages in the practice of pharmacy with respect to a patient
  • The name and business address of the proprietor
  • If the proprietor is a corporation, the name of the proprietor’s representative
A scanned copy of the Patient Concerns poster (a link to the poster on the ACP website is also acceptable).
PEBC assessors needed
June 30, 2015

PEBC is seeking assessors in Calgary and Edmonton for the pharmacy technician OSPE on Sunday, Sept. 13 and the pharmacist OSCE on Saturday, Nov. 7.

 If interested, please complete the PEBC assessor recruitment form and return to the PEBC contacts listed on the form.

New registration year, new CE cycle
June 30, 2015

Thank you pharmacists for submitting your professional portfolios and providing feedback on the Continuing Competence Program (CCP). According to our survey, 82 per cent of pharmacists “strongly agreed/agreed” that the CCP helped them to maintain and/or improve their professional competence. We’ll include a summary of your feedback and accordingly, some of the enhancements we’ve made to the CCP portal in the July/August issue of ACP news (out mid-July).

Here’s a teaser:

“I felt that the new learning format was a very good change to the way CEUs are completed and recorded as it makes us, in a good way, be more accountable for our learning.” – Alberta pharmacist

Back to the new CE cycle:  the 2015/2016 cycle is now activated and you can start entering your Learning Records and completing the prescribed activity for 2015/2016. 

For the 2015/2016 CE cycle, pharmacists must complete the Jurisprudence Self-Assessment tool (located in the Self-Assessment section of the CCP portal). This tool will support you in assessing your jurisprudence knowledge and help you identify potential learning needs. ACP will NOT be monitoring or keeping track of your results—this is for your own continuing professional development.

Jurisprudence is not only about drug schedules and prescription regulations, it is about your everyday pharmacy practice, patient care, and prescribing. It is your responsibility, regardless of where you practise, to be aware of and understand the current Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and federal and provincial legislation that define expectations of your practice.

What are the annual competence program requirements?

Every year, all pharmacists on the clinical register are required to:

  1. Complete at least 15 CEUs during the CE cycle and document each learning activity on one or more Learning Records;
  2. Implement at least one CEU equivalent of learning into their practice and document this on an Implementation Record; and
  3. Complete required learning assigned by the Competence Committee. For the 2015/2016 CE cycle, this is completion of the Jurisprudence Self-Assessment tool.
PEBC pharmacist and technician competency surveys - your participation is requested!
June 30, 2015

The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) needs pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in active practice to participate in a survey designed to evaluate competencies required at entry to professional practice. If you currently practice in a patient care setting, ACP encourages you to participate in the survey. Your feedback is important to developing entry to practice evaluations that reflect the basic competencies that require testing before candidates are admitted to our practice registers.

Pharmacists:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PEBC_Ph2015

Pharmacy technicians:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PEBCtech

Please note that some institutions may block the links to SurveyMonkey. If this occurs, please use a home computer. If the link still does not work, please send your name, personal e-mail address, and province/territory to PEBCTechs@proexam.org.

The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) recently updated the competencies that form the basis of the test content for the PEBC Qualifying Examinations for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Throughout June and July, PEBC is conducting surveys across Canada with pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to help evaluate the importance of each of the competencies required at the beginning of professional practice. Data from the surveys will be used to update the Qualifying Examinations to reflect the revised competencies.

Hearing notice: E. Joyce Chen Pon
June 24, 2015
Hearing status Scheduled
Registrant E. Joyce Chen Pon
Charge Unprofessional Conduct and Misconduct
Date September 16, 2015
Time 9:30 a.m.
Location

Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100-8215 112 St. NW
Edmonton, AB   T6G 2C8

In accordance with Section 78 of the Health Professions Act, this conduct hearing will be open to the public unless the hearing tribunal accepts a motion or application to close the hearing.
 
To inquire about available seating to observe this hearing, contact Margaret Morley at 780-990-0321 or hearings@pharmacists.ab.ca. Pre-registration is required.
 
Please note that the hearing schedule is subject to change. Members of the public should check the ACP website for current hearing information.
 
Please direct media inquiries to Shirley Nowicki, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca.
Hearing rescheduled: Cyril Bright
June 16, 2015
Hearing status Scheduled
Registrant Cyril Bright
Charge Unprofessional Conduct
Date October 8, 2015
Time 9:30 a.m.
Location

Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100-8215 112 St. NW
Edmonton, AB   T6G 2C8

In accordance with Section 78 of the Health Professions Act, this conduct hearing will be open to the public unless the hearing tribunal accepts a motion or application to close the hearing.
 
To inquire about available seating to observe this hearing, contact Margaret Morley at 780-990-0321 or hearings@pharmacists.ab.ca. Pre-registration is required.
 
Please note that the hearing schedule is subject to change. Members of the public should check the ACP website for current hearing information.
 
Please direct media inquiries to Shirley Nowicki, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca.
ACP employment opportunity: communications coordinator
June 16, 2015

Reporting to the Communications Director, the Communications Coordinator plays a vital supporting role in planning and executing the college’s communications programs and projects. Major responsibilities include developing written content for digital and print communications, updating and maintaining website content, creating high-impact special events, and coordinating the logistics of regional meetings, conferences and/or symposiums. The Communications Coordinator will also act as backup to the Social Media Coordinator and the Communications Director when necessary.

For more information and application details, please see the posting on our Careers page.

PEBC pharmacist and technician competency surveys - your participation is requested!
June 16, 2015

The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) needs pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in active practice to take surveys to evaluate the importance of the competencies required at the beginning of professional practice. If you are in active practice in a patient care setting and are willing to participate in the survey as a representative of Alberta, please take a few minutes now to register for the survey.

Pharmacists:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PEBC_Ph2015
Pharmacy technicians:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PEBCtech

Please note that some institutions may block the links to SurveyMonkey. If this occurs, please use a home computer. If the link still does not work, please send your name, personal e-mail address, and province/territory to PEBCTechs@proexam.org.

In June and July, PEBC is conducting important surveys to evaluate the importance of the competencies required of pharmacists and regulated pharmacy technicians at the beginning of professional practice. The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) recently updated the competencies that form the basis of the test content outlines for the PEBC Qualifying Examinations for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Data from the surveys will be used to update the Qualifying Examinations to reflect the revised competencies.

Congratulations Class of 2015!
June 16, 2015

On June 4, pharmacy graduates and their families gathered in camaraderie to celebrate with ACP on the morning of their convocation. In welcoming the newest members of the profession, ACP shared pride in the accomplishments of the 2015 graduating class, and acknowledged the magnitude of responsibilities awaiting them.

 

“ACP is excited to welcome a new generation of pharmacists who are eager to evolve, lead change and bring new perspectives to meet the rising needs of our diverse and growing communities,” says Greg Eberhart, ACP’s Registrar.

ACP President Brad Willsey shared an inspirational message to mine the confidence of these young graduates to courageously lead by example, take responsibility for their professional journey, and apply their knowledge and skills in a way that will truly make a difference in the lives of those they will serve. 

“The hallmark of excellence begins with you – it means demonstrating a strong work ethic, practicing with integrity, and always showing respect and compassion to those in your care,” emphasized Brad. “Excellence in our work also means acting to uphold professional standards of practice. It means employing critical thinking skills, collaborating with others, and applying sound judgement to make informed decisions. We must also respect the rights of patients to make their own choices, and involve them in decision-making.”   

Michelle Berresheim, a 2015 APEX Future of Pharmacy Award recipient, also shared a message of hope, encouragement and challenge to the grads to be the best that they can be. “You get out what you put in,” Michelle emphasized. “Regardless of where you work or what your title is, if you are willing to put the time and effort into whatever it is you are working on – whether it’s your practice, a new program, an educational opportunity, your relationships with patients, or a research initiative – trust me when I say that your hard work WILL be rewarded. The success you achieve in your career will be proportional to the quality and quantity of effort you put in.”

An awards presentation ensued, with the following individuals receiving recognition:

  • Value Drug Mart Leadership Award: Leah Hodgins (Stickel)
  • Institutional Preceptor of the Year: Peter Macek, Edmonton Remand Centre
  • Community Preceptor of the Year: Morenike Olaosebikan, Shoppers Drug Mart #381
  • ACP Gold Medal: June Chen
  • APSA Past President award: Brad Snodgrass

The grad breakfast is an annual ACP tradition and an event all of us look forward to!  Watch our Facebook page for an ACP Grad Breakfast photo gallery (coming soon).

Expand your knowledge of opioid dependence treatment
June 16, 2015

Are you involved in opioid dependence treatment? Register online now for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) opioid dependence treatment core course—Alberta version.

Start date: September 21, 2015
To: November 20, 2015
More information and registration

Offered through the University of Calgary Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development, this course is designed to promote inter-professional collaboration among the health care team involved in opioid dependence treatment. Online modules, webinars, podcasts, and virtual patients will be used to teach skills and review guidelines for effective and safe management of clients receiving methadone or buprenorphine maintenance treatment for opioid dependence.

Council meeting: June 18, 2015
June 16, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (closed session)
12:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Turner Valley Room
The Fairmont Palliser, Calgary, AB
View the agenda

Council meetings are open to observers at council’s discretion. To reserve a seat, please call Leslie Ainslie at 780-990-0321, 1-877-227-3838, or email executiveassistant@pharmacists.ab.ca. Due to seating limitations, priority will be given to college registrants who have registered in advance of the meeting.

New Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Clinical Pathway podcast
June 2, 2015

In November last year, ACP informed you about a new online Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Clinical Pathway to aid in the identification, management, and referral of adults with CKD. The pathway provides information and recommendations that assist in the screening, diagnosis, management and referral of adults with CKD.

Recently, CKD Pathway developed a short (less than 10 minutes) podcast around a family physician’s perspective in using the CKD pathway in clinical practice.

After hearing the podcast, listeners will be able to:          

  1. Recognize the criteria for CKD targeted testing;
  2. Identify what tests that should be ordered (and how often); and
  3. Know how to diagnose, manage and refer patients with kidney disease using the Online CKD Clinical Pathway.

You can get the podcast from the W21C Patient Safety Podcast (Episode 40) on iTunes or can download it from the W21C website - http://www.patientsafetypodcast.com/home/episode-guide/epi-40_  

Please visit the CKD Clinical Pathway for more information about how they can support you in treating patients with kidney disease.

Red Deer College needs pharmacist and pharmacy technician volunteers
June 2, 2015

Red Deer College is looking for a pharmacist (community practice) and a pharmacy technician (hospital practice) to be part of the advisory committee for the college’s Pharmacy Technician Program.

These volunteer (unpaid) positions require individuals to participate in 2-3 meetings a year. The volunteers will be compensated for mileage if necessary. Meetings take place in Red Deer.

If interested, please respond to:
Terri Granigan - Chairperson, Pharmacy Technician Program
terri.granigan@rdc.ab.ca
Phone number: 403-342-3169

Continuing Competence Program - you've crossed the finish line!
June 2, 2015

Congratulations to all pharmacists who completed the requirements of the new Continuing Competence Program. 

As author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said, “Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.” During this past registration year, you’ve accomplished this by implementing your learning, using the new online portal, and completing the new Continuing Competence Program. Great job

Every year, ACP selects a small sample of pharmacists’ professional portfolios for audit. Selected portfolios (learning records, implementation record, and supporting documents) will be reviewed by at least two peer assessors (pharmacists). Pharmacists whose portfolios are audited will be informed whether their portfolio has met the established standards and will receive feedback about their portfolio based on the seven key indicators of a successful Implementation Record. For more information about the audit process, please refer to the CCP audit section of the ACP website.

Improving the program

We welcome your feedback to improve the program. If you have not yet had the opportunity to provide feedback on the Continuing Competence Program, you may do so through this short survey. 

 

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Opioid Dependence Treatment Core Course
June 2, 2015

Register online now for the CAMH opioid dependence treatment core course—Alberta version.

Start date: September 21, 2015
To: November 20, 2015
More information and registration

Offered through the University of Calgary Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development, this course is designed to promote interprofessional collaboration among the health care team involved in opioid dependence treatment. Online modules, webinars, podcasts, and virtual patients will be used to teach skills and review guidelines for effective and safe management of clients receiving methadone or buprenorphine maintenance treatment for opioid dependence.

May 2015 Health Product InfoWatch now available
May 28, 2015

The May 2015 issue of Health Product InfoWatch (formerly Adverse Reaction Newsletter), published by the Marketed Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, is now available. This newsletter is a monthly publication providing safety information on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and natural health products.

In this issue:

Pharmacist online renewal reminder
May 19, 2015

Before you can complete your online renewal, you must ensure you have submitted your Competence Program requirements via the CCP portal.

Once you have submitted all CCP requirements, you can proceed with your online renewal.

  1. Go to the ACP registrant portal: https://acp.alinityapp.com/webclient/
  2. Log on and select the Renewal tab. Follow the tabs under Renewal for each step of the renewal process.

See the 2015 tip sheet for more information

Competence Program team challenge update
May 19, 2015

It’s time for a Continuing Competence Program (CCP) team huddle! There are two weeks remaining and you are almost at the finish line. Another 245 pharmacists have completed the CCP Tutorial since our last report, bringing our team total up to 4,369. Keep going—we are almost all there! 

Our motivational quote for the team this week is:

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

– Paul “Bear” Bryant

  1. Complete the mandatory Continuing Competence Program (CCP) tutorial – Available in the Self-Assessment / Prescribed Activities section of the CCP portal

  2. Complete learning activities – Complete at least 15 CEUs during the CE cycle (June 1 to May 31) and document each activity on a Learning Record

  3. Put your learning to use – Implement a minimum of one CEU worth of learning into your practice and document this on an Implementation Record (you only need to complete one record)

  4. Submit your Learning and Implementation Records to ACP by May 31, 2015

For assistance, please contact a member of the competence team at competence@pharmacists.ab.ca, and/or review the FAQ’s on the ACP website: pharmacists.ab.ca – FAQ – Competence Program.

Attention students: apply now for the ACP Leadership Development Award
May 5, 2015

To support the development and advancement of professionalism, citizenship, and leadership in pharmacy, ACP has created the Leadership Development Award. The award will be presented annually to a pharmacy student entering their third or fourth year of study at the U of A, and who has contributed and achieved measurable results in the award criteria. For more eligibility and application details, please see the terms of reference on our website.

The deadline to apply for the 2015 award is May 15.

National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is May 9
May 5, 2015
“Canada is the second largest consumer of prescription opioids in the world, and there has been a notable increase in recent years of overdose deaths, emergency room visits and admissions to substance abuse treatment programs because of opioids. National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day provides an opportunity to educate Canadians of the risks and harms of keeping unused medications in their homes, and supports the efforts of pharmacists, law enforcement and community leaders on this important health and safety issue.”
Rita Notarandrea
Chief Executive Officer (interim), Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has partnered with the Canadian Pharmacists Association, Canadian Medical Association, and Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada to hold the third annual National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day on May 9, 2015. Canadians are encouraged to take back unused/unwanted medications to their local pharmacies. For more information, please visit the CACP National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day 2015 website.
PEBC assessors needed
May 5, 2015

PEBC is seeking assessors for the pharmacist OSCE on Sunday, May 24 in both Calgary and Edmonton. They have a record number of candidates, and have added another group to the exam. Interested individuals with at least two years of experience can contact:

Calgary: Yoshiko Shimizu pebc-calgary@shaw.ca 
Edmonton: Shelley Takacs: takacs@ualberta.ca

Once PEBC receives your interest, they will send you the application form and qualification requirements.

Competence Program team challenge update
May 5, 2015

Since the last issue of The Link, 245 more pharmacists have completed the CCP Tutorial. That brings our team total to 4,119. Great job!

Online renewal is now open. Pharmacists who have completed their learning and implementation records may now submit their professional portfolio via the CCP portal. There are two steps required to submit your portfolio:

  1. Click the submit button, and
  2. Complete the declaration that appears in the portal.

For questions about submitting your professional portfolio, please see our help guide.

If you are still working on your professional portfolio, don’t worry—there is still time. Chances are you’ve already completed your implementation objective without even realizing it. Your implementation does not need to be complicated, time-consuming, or all-encompassing. You are on the right path if you can demonstrate that learning was “put to use,” and as a result, improvements were made or knowledge was transferred. For additional tips, please refer to our special CCP edition of The Link.

  1. Complete the mandatory Continuing Competence Program (CCP) tutorial – Available in the Self-Assessment / Prescribed Activities section of the CCP portal
  2. Complete learning activities – Complete at least 15 CEUs during the CE cycle (June 1 to May 31) and document each activity on a Learning Record
  3. Put your learning to use – Implement a minimum of one CEU worth of learning into your practice and document this on an Implementation Record (you only need to complete one record)
  4. Submit your Learning and Implementation Records to ACP by May 31, 2015

For assistance, please contact a member of the competence team at competence@pharmacists.ab.ca; and/or review the FAQs on the ACP website: pharmacists.ab.ca – FAQ – Competence Program.

APEX Awards ceremony recap
May 5, 2015

Warmth, laughter, and celebration flowed through the air during the APEX awards ceremony held on Tuesday, April 21 at Edmonton’s Royal Mayfair Golf Club. ACP and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA) hosted the 2015 Alberta Pharmacy Excellence (APEX) Awards to honour the extraordinary pharmacists who have made a difference in the profession, in their communities, and in the lives of others

ACP president Brad Willsey and RxA president Todd Prochnau lent their talents as emcees, while guests from across the province paid tribute to this year’s outstanding recipients.

Event photos: view the album on our Facebook page.

M.J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction
Roberta Stasyk (view profile / view video)
Manager, Pharmacy Services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Alberta Health Services; Edmonton

W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Team Award  
Pharmacare Clinical Pharmacist Team (view profile / view video)
Ryan Stempfle, VP Clinical & Pharmacy Strategy, Pharmacist; Edmonton

Friend of Pharmacy
Ann Vlahadamis (view profile / view video)
Nurse Practitioner at the Cross Cancer Institute, Alberta Health Services; Edmonton

Future of Pharmacy 
Michelle Berresheim (view profile / view video)
Clinical Practice Leader, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Alberta Health Services; Grande Prairie

Andrew Fuller (view profile / view video)
Clinical Operations Manager, Pharmacare Specialty Pharmacy; Edmonton

Tyler Watson (view profile / view video)
Clinical Operations Manager, Pharmacare Specialty Pharmacy; Edmonton

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia  
Robert Mattice (view profile / view video)
Pharmacist/Owner, Grand Centre Value Drug Mart; Cold Lake

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).

Update from the April 22-23 council meeting
May 5, 2015

Council convened in Edmonton on April 22 and 23. At the meeting, council approved five strategic goals which will be the foundation for its business over the next five years. They approved new rules for accepting resolutions, and elected a new slate of officers for the 2015-16 council year.

 

Highlights from Council – April 22-23, 2015


Strategic goals (2016-2020) – Council approved the following five strategic goals as foundations to its business priorities over the next five years:

  • Pharmacists will consistently conduct an appropriate assessment of each patient prior to providing any pharmacist service;
  • Patient care records will include continuous documentation of pharmacist assessments, treatment plans, record of care, and monitoring results;
  • Pharmacy technicians will be integrated into pharmacy practice teams, exercising responsibility for roles they’re authorized to fulfill;
  • Patients will have access to pharmacist prescribing and injections through all licensed pharmacy practice settings; and,
  • Patients will expect pharmacists to provide appropriate assessments, advice, and support about their health (treatment) plan at each encounter.

Election of officers – the following officers were elected for the 2015-16 council term. Officers will hold office between July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016:

  • Rick Hackman (District 3) – President
  • Taciana Pereira (District 3) – President-Elect
  • Brad Couldwell (District 5) – Executive Member at Large
  • Brad Willsey (District 1) – Past President

Rules for resolutions – Council approved rules for receiving and deliberating resolutions submitted by members. A call for resolutions will be made annually prior to 4:30 p.m. on the first Friday in September. A resolution, including at least 10 signatures of voting members, may be submitted to the Resolutions Committee prior to 4:30 p.m. on the first Friday in October. 

Resolutions shall:

  • be consistent with the mission, vision and value statements of the college;
  • address only one subject;
  • be factual and include the proposed disposition of the motion approved;
  • present a positive position to assist in resolving a negative situation (a resolution should not be entirely critical and a person or group should not be named in it); and,
  • be supported by primary reference sources (i.e., statistics or data where appropriate)

A resolution cannot address an amendment to any federal or provincial legislation, or ACP bylaws.

For more information, please view the Rules for Resolutions.


Inspections appointed by the Registrar – council received findings and recommendations from the Registrar resulting from two inspections appointed during 2014 into pharmacist practices. The inspections addressed pharmacist practice related to:

  • “Baby Annie” – Report of the Child and Youth Advocate
  • Immunization Clinic – NorQuest College

The findings and recommendations will be shared through forthcoming articles in acpnews. Please watch for these, as the insights may be valuable in improving your own practice.


Mandatory immunizations – council continued its deliberation about whether pharmacists and pharmacy technicians should be mandated to receive annual influenza immunizations. Council asked the registrar to conduct further research into the question; however, the deliberations introduced observations and questions such as the following:

  • Pharmacy students are required to be immunized against influenza prior to going on practice rotations.
  • Should all personnel working in a pharmacy be immunized, or should this be restricted to regulated professionals?
  • Should immunizations against mumps, measles, and other community acquired diseases be required?
  • How would such a policy be enforced?
  • What is our jurisdiction to establish such a policy, and what would be the best approach (registration requirement, ethics, standards)?

Drug scheduling – The Scheduled Drugs Regulation expires in September 2016. This is an opportune time to review the regulation, and to make amendments for the future. Council reflected on the history of the regulation, its structure, and how it is currently administered. 

Council reviewed a request from Alberta Health to move some vaccines from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2, but did not make a ruling. The briefing from Alberta Health indicates that it wishes to make vaccines more accessible. Council has requested further information from Alberta Health, to better understand how existing policies might be amended to further achieve this goal.

Council had a preliminary discussion about the feasibility of moving non-prescription codeine products from Schedule 2 to Schedule 1. Council explored the relative therapeutic value of these products, risks associated with them, and whether public need would be negatively impacted if rescheduling were to occur.


Rules for registration and the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) – council approved minor amendments to the rules for the Continuing Competence Program and registration.

Apply by May 15 for ACP's second annual leadership forum
May 5, 2015

ACP has engaged the Banff Centre for Leadership to facilitate the second annual leadership forum. ACP invites applications from aspiring pharmacist and pharmacy technician leaders to participate in this professional development opportunity.

 

Council has identified strong leadership as a critical success factor in pharmacy practice, and for the work of the college. Leadership skills are important across our professions, whether it means being a practice leader, or an organizational leader. These skills are valuable in our family and community lives too.

The forum will introduce aspiring pharmacy leaders to thought processes and skills to help them lead in a world of constant change. Skilled facilitators will guide participants through group and individual learning activities to build new skills and confidence. The end learning will be applicable to any practice setting.

Event details
Dates and times: 5:00 p.m. June 18, 2015 to late afternoon Saturday June 20, 2015
Location: Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta

ACP will cover accommodation and meal costs for candidates selected to attend. Transportation and out-of-pocket expenses will be personal responsibilities.

How to apply
To apply, please submit:

  • A covering letter describing your leadership aspirations, particularly as they relate to your professional role and ACP; and
  • A copy of your CV, outlining your professional background, achievements, leadership experiences, and awards received.

This information will be the foundation for selecting candidates for the limited number of positions available.

Application deadline May 15
Please forward your application and supporting documentation to executiveassistant@pharmacists.ab.ca by noon on Friday, May 15, 2015. We will notify selected candidates early the following week.

Pharmacist online renewal now open
May 5, 2015
Online renewal for pharmacists opened last week. Those on the clinical register received an email with instructions on renewing their practice permits. Complete details on the renewal process can also be found on the ACP Website. Pharmacist renewals are due May 31, 2015.
Hearing notice: Calvin Boey
April 21, 2015
Hearing status Rescheduled
Registrant Calvin Boey
Charge Unprofessional Conduct
Date November 17, 2015 
Time 9:30 a.m.
Location

Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100-8215 112 St. NW
Edmonton, AB   T6G 2C8

In accordance with Section 78 of the Health Professions Act, this conduct hearing will be open to the public unless the hearing tribunal accepts a motion or application to close the hearing.
 
To inquire about available seating to observe this hearing, contact Margaret Morley at 780-990-0321 or hearings@pharmacists.ab.ca. Pre-registration is required.
 
Please note that the hearing schedule is subject to change. Members of the public should check the ACP website for current hearing information.
 
Please direct media inquiries to Shirley Nowicki, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca.
Hearing notice: Cyril Bright
April 21, 2015
Hearing status Scheduled
Registrant Cyril Bright
Charge Unprofessional Conduct
Date June 4, 2015
Time 9:30 a.m.
Location

Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100-8215 112 St. NW
Edmonton, AB   T6G 2C8

In accordance with Section 78 of the Health Professions Act, this conduct hearing will be open to the public unless the hearing tribunal accepts a motion or application to close the hearing.
 
To inquire about available seating to observe this hearing, contact Margaret Morley at 780-990-0321 or hearings@pharmacists.ab.ca. Pre-registration is required.
 
Please note that the hearing schedule is subject to change. Members of the public should check the ACP website for current hearing information.
 
Please direct media inquiries to Shirley Nowicki, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca.
Council election results
April 21, 2015

Elections for council members in District 5 (Calgary, pharmacists) and District A (Northern Alberta, pharmacy technicians) closed at 4:30 p.m. on April 9, 2015.

Congratulations to Kamal Dullat (District 5) and Kelly Boparai (District A). They have both been re-elected for three-year terms starting July 1, 2015.

ACP wishes to extend appreciation to Naeem Ladhani (candidate – District 5) and Don Ridley (candidate – District A) for their interest in providing leadership, as well as thanks to all voters for participating in this year's council election.

Competence Program team challenge update
April 21, 2015

Our team total is growing. Since the last issue of The Link, 224 more pharmacists have completed the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) tutorial. That brings our team total to 3,874. Congratulations on taking this first step; as we all know, the first step is always the hardest!

Keep going…there are only three more steps remaining for you to meet program requirements by May 31, 2015.

If you’re feeling left behind, don’t despair—there is still time to join us. Visit the CCP Portal today to get started.

In addition to the CCP tutorial, there are a number of resources available to help you to succeed in the program. Please refer to last week’s special CCP edition of The Linkwhere we’ve highlighted these beneficial tools and resources for your convenience.

  1. Complete the mandatory Continuing Competence Program (CCP) tutorial – Available in the Self-Assessment / Prescribed Activities section of the CCP portal
  2. Complete learning activities – Complete at least 15 CEUs during the CE cycle (June 1 to May 31) and document each activity on a Learning Record
  3. Put your learning to use – Implement a minimum of one CEU worth of learning into your practice and document this on an Implementation Record (you only need to complete one record)
  4. Submit your Learning and Implementation Records to ACP

For assistance, please contact a member of the competence team at competence@pharmacists.ab.ca, and/or review the FAQs on the ACP website:  pharmacists.ab.ca – FAQ – Competence Program.

PEBC assessors needed
April 21, 2015

PEBC is seeking assessors for the pharmacist OSCE on Sunday, May 24 in both Calgary and Edmonton. They have a record number of candidates, and have added another group to the exam. Interested individuals with at least two years of experience can contact:

Calgary: Yoshiko Shimizu pebc-calgary@shaw.ca
Edmonton: Shelley Takacs takacs@ualberta.ca

Once PEBC receives your interest, they will send you the application form and qualification requirements.

Are you an aspiring pharmacy leader?
April 21, 2015

Do you want to learn more about how to lead in a world of constant change? 

ACP has engaged the Banff Centre for Leadership to facilitate our second annual Leadership Forum. ACP is now inviting applications from aspiring pharmacist and pharmacy technician leaders to participate in this professional development opportunity. Fifteen aspiring pharmacists and pharmacy technician leaders will be selected to attend.  ACP will cover accommodation and meal costs. Transportation and out-of-pocket expenses will be personal responsibilities.

Dates & times: Thursday evening June 18, 2015 to late afternoon Saturday, June 20, 2015
Location: Banff Centre, Banff, AB

How to apply
To apply, please submit:

  • A covering letter that describes your leadership aspirations, particularly as they relate to your professional role and ACP; and
  • A copy of your CV, outlining your professional background and achievements, your leadership experiences, and any awards that you have received.

This information will be the foundation for selecting candidates for the limited number of positions available.

Application deadline: May 15
Please forward your application and supporting documentation to executiveassistant@pharmacists.ab.ca by noon on Friday, May 15, 2015. We will notify selected candidates early the following week.

Message from the Competence Director
April 14, 2015

Dear Pharmacists,

As you know, ACP rolled out a new Continuing Competence Program (CCP) on July 1, 2014. If you plan to renew your 2015/2016 pharmacy practice permit, you are required to complete the new program requirements by May 31, 2015.

To support you with understanding the new program, a number of tools and resources are available in the CCP portal: the CCP tutorial provides an in-depth look at the Continuing Competence Program, and the User Guide reviews the technical aspects and functions of the CCP portal. Since the roll-out of the program, we have created a number of additional resources outside of the CCP portal to help you with this new process and to succeed in the new program. This includes:

  • A number of articles providing tips on how to complete the program (available in ACP News);
  • A list of answers to frequently-asked-questions; and
  • A help guide to submitting your professional portfolio (new resource).

To help you with navigating through all the available resources, we have highlighted some of the articles and tools that you may find useful in this special edition of the Link. If you haven’t already, we recommend that you review some of the tips and FAQs prior to submitting your professional portfolio. If you require additional assistance, please feel free to contact a member of the competence team at competence@pharmacists.ab.ca. Alternatively, you may submit your questions using the Feedback/Questions button found in the CCP portal.

This program was designed to support you with your professional development and focuses on quality improvement. We hope you find the program to be a positive and rewarding experience! We look forward to receiving your professional portfolios!

Best regards,

Debbie Lee, BSc Pharm
Competence Director

Need help with your Implementation Record?
April 14, 2015

Resources:

Checklist – Should your Implementation Record be selected for audit, your peer assessors will be looking for the following:

  • Are the learning activities identified relevant to your implementation objective?
  • Is your implementation objective clearly outlined and related to pharmacy practice, medical knowledge, and/or systems-based practice?
  • Is your rationale for choosing the implementation objective and how it is relevant to your practice clearly indicated?
  • Are the steps you took to achieve the implementation objective clearly indicated?
  • Is the outcome of the implementation clearly explained?
  • Is it clearly evident that you played a role in the implementation and that the implementation objective was achieved?
  • Do your records appear professional?
Have a question about the audit process?
April 14, 2015

Every year, a percentage of pharmacists will be selected to have their professional portfolios audited. Your portfolio may be selected for an audit as a result of:

  • Random selection,
  • A late or incomplete submission, or
  • A request of the registrar as a result of concerns received about your practice.

If selected, your portfolio will go through an administrative audit and your implementation record will be peer assessed by at least two pharmacists trained in assessment. Because you submitted all of your information when you submitted your portfolio, you will not be notified until the audit has been completed.

Pharmacists who have been randomly selected for audit/competence assessment and achieved the established standard within the last five years and pharmacists who have been granted additional prescribing authorization within the last five years will not be selected for random audit. The portfolios for these pharmacists will only be selected for an audit if there is another reason such as a late or incomplete submission or a request from the registrar. 

Resources:

Need help with determining your implementation objective?
April 14, 2015

Resources:

Checklist - ensure your implementation objective:

  • Results in one of the following outcomes:
    • Improvement to your professional practice, organization, and/or the way care is delivered; and/or
    • Transfer of knowledge, skill, or ability to others
  • Affects another individual (e.g., a patient, a co-worker, another healthcare professional)
  • Produces evidence of implementation
  • Directly involves the application of at least 1 CEU
  • Relates to one of the pharmacy domains (pharmacy practice, medical knowledge, or systems-based practice)
Need to learn about the new Continuing Competence Program?
April 14, 2015

Every year, all pharmacists on the clinical register are required to:

  1. Complete at least 15 CEUs during the CE cycle and document each learning activity on one or more Learning Records;
  2. Implement at least one CEU worth of learning into their practice and document this on an Implementation Record; and
  3. Complete any required learning that has been assigned by the Competence Committee. For the 2014/2015 CE cycle, pharmacists must complete the CCP tutorial to learn about the new program.

* Exemptions: pharmacists who register on the clinical register for the first time in Alberta between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015 OR pharmacists who reinstated on the clinical register between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015.

Resources:

Competence Program team challenge update
April 7, 2015

This week we would like to congratulate the 552 pharmacists who completed the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) Tutorial since the last issue of The Link. You join the 3,098 pharmacists who have already taken the first step to learn about the new Continuing Competence Program. That brings our team total to 3,650. Way to go!

There are only three more steps remaining for you to meet program requirements by May 31, 2015. 

For everyone else still at the starting gate, don’t despair—we invite you to take some time over the next few days to familiarize yourself with the program requirements. To access the CCP Portal, visit pharmacists.ab.ca/ccp-portal

In addition to the CCP tutorial, there are a number of resources in the CCP portal, ACP’s website, and in our ACP newsletters that are available to help you to succeed in the program.

Please look for a special edition of the Link coming your way next week focused solely on the Continuing Competence Program.

  1. Complete the mandatory Continuing Competence Program (CCP) tutorial – Available in the Self-Assessment / Prescribed Activities section of the CCP portal
     
  2. Complete learning activities – Complete at least 15 CEUs during the CE cycle (June 1 to May 31) and document each activity on a Learning Record
     
  3. Put your learning to use – Implement a minimum of one CEU worth of learning into your practice and document this on an Implementation Record (you only need to complete one record)
     
  4. Submit your Learning and Implementation Records to ACP

For assistance, please contact a member of the competence team at competence@pharmacists.ab.ca, and/or review the FAQ’s on the ACP website.

Apply by May 15 for ACP's second annual leadership forum
April 7, 2015

Dates & times: Thursday evening June 18, 2015 to late afternoon Saturday, June 20, 2015
Location: Banff Centre, Banff, AB 

ACP has engaged the Banff Centre for Leadership to facilitate our second annual Leadership Forum. ACP is now inviting applications from aspiring pharmacist and pharmacy technician leaders to participate in this professional development opportunity. Fifteen aspiring pharmacists and pharmacy technician leaders will be selected to attend. ACP will cover accommodation and meal costs for candidates selected to attend. Transportation and out-of-pocket expenses will be personal responsibilities.

“Events like this give me great hope for the future of our practice.”

“Provided an excellent forum for connecting with others aspiring to lead the profession in a variety of ways.”

“Great way to self-assess and understand more about our respective leadership habits.”

“Amazing experience!”

More information
The forum will introduce aspiring pharmacy leaders to thought processes and skills to help them lead in a world of constant change. With the help of skilled facilitators and a range of group and individual learning activities, participants will leave with new skills and confidence. The learning will be applicable to any practice setting.

How to apply
To apply, please submit:

  • A covering letter that describes your leadership aspirations, particularly as they relate to your professional role and ACP; and
  • A copy of your CV, outlining your professional background and achievements, your leadership experiences, and any awards that you have received.

This information will be the foundation for selecting candidates for the limited number of positions available.

Application deadline May 15
Please forward your application and supporting documentation to executiveassistant@pharmacists.ab.ca by noon on Friday, May 15, 2015. We will notify selected candidates early the following week.

Are you involved in opioid dependence treatment?
April 7, 2015

From: April 8, 2015
To: June 8, 2015
More information & registration

Offered through the University of Calgary Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development, this course is designed to promote interprofessional collaboration among the health care team involved in opioid dependence treatment. Online modules, webinars, podcasts, and virtual patients will be used to teach skills and review guidelines for effective and safe management of clients receiving methadone or buprenorphine maintenance treatment for opioid dependence. 

Hearing notice: Adel Agina
March 31, 2015
Hearing status Appeal pending
Registrant Adel Agina
Charge Unprofessional Conduct
Date June 17, 2015
Time 9:30 a.m.
Location

Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100-8215 112 St. NW
Edmonton, AB   T6G 2C8

In accordance with Section 78 of the Health Professions Act, this conduct hearing will be open to the public unless the hearing tribunal accepts a motion or application to close the hearing.
 
To inquire about available seating to observe this hearing, contact Margaret Morley at 780-990-0321 or hearings@pharmacists.ab.ca. Pre-registration is required.
 
Please note that the hearing schedule is subject to change. Members of the public should check the ACP website for current hearing information.
 
Please direct media inquiries to Ashley Edwards Scott, Communications Coordinator at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca.
March 2015 Health Product InfoWatch now available
March 26, 2015

The March 2015 issue of Health Product InfoWatch (formerly Adverse Reaction Newsletter), published by the Marketed Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, is now available. This newsletter is a monthly publication providing safety information on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and natural health products.

In this issue:

Apply by May 15 for ACP's Second Annual Leadership Forum
March 24, 2015

ACP has engaged the Banff Centre for Leadership to facilitate our second annual Leadership Forum. ACP is now inviting applications from aspiring pharmacist and pharmacy technician leaders to participate in this professional development opportunity.

 

Council has identified leadership as a critical success factor for pharmacy practice and the college. Leadership skills are important across our professions, whether it means being a practice leader or an organizational leader. These skills are of value in our family and community lives too.

The forum will introduce aspiring pharmacy leaders to thought processes and skills to help them lead in a world of constant change. With the help of skilled facilitators and a range of group and individual learning activities, participants will leave with new skills and confidence. The learning will be applicable to any practice setting.

Event details
Dates: Thursday evening June 18, 2015 to late afternoon Saturday, June 20, 2015
Location: Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta

ACP will cover accommodation and meal costs for candidates selected to attend. Transportation and out-of-pocket expenses will be personal responsibilities.

How to apply
To apply, please submit:

  • A covering letter that describes your leadership aspirations, particularly as they relate to your professional role and ACP; and
  • A copy of your CV, outlining your professional background and achievements, your leadership experiences, and any awards that you have received.

This information will be the foundation for selecting candidates for the limited number of positions available.

The application deadline is May 15, 2015.

Please forward your application and supporting documentation to leslie.ainslie@pharmacists.ab.ca by noon on Friday, May 15, 2015. We will notify selected candidates early the following week.

Pharmacy Facebook pages
March 24, 2015

Does your pharmacy Facebook page meet the requirements of a pharmacy website?

Section 23 of the Pharmacy and Drug Regulation outlines the information a licensee must display on a pharmacy website. If your pharmacy Facebook page does not contain all of the necessary information, there is a simple solution: add a link from your pharmacy Facebook page to your pharmacy’s full website.

Section 23 of the Pharmacy and Drug Regulation states:

23 If a licensed pharmacy uses a website to promote or offer pharmacy services to the public, the licensee must ensure that the website prominently displays

(a) a copy of the licence and information required to be posted under section 22,(b) repealed AR 72/2009 s12,
(c) the location, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number of the licensed pharmacy,
(d) the name, pharmacist practice permit number and business address of the licensee,
(e) a statement that the licensee is required to provide, on the request of a patient, the name and practice permit number of any regulated member who provides a pharmacy service to the patient or who engages in the practice of pharmacy with respect to a patient,
(f) the name and business address of the proprietor,
(g) if the proprietor is a corporation, the name of the proprietor’s representative, and
(h) other information required to be displayed by the council.

If you use a website to promote or offer pharmacy services, you must ensure that all of the required information is prominently displayed. Any mention of a location and/or hours of operation is considered promotion.

A scanned copy of your pharmacy licence will meet the requirements of Part (a). A scanned copy of the Patient Concerns poster will meet the requirements of Part (h).

Attention accomplished second or third year U of A pharmacy student leaders!
March 24, 2015

New for 2015, ACP has created the Leadership Development award to support the development and advancement of professionalism, citizenship, and leadership in pharmacy. The award will be presentedannually to a pharmacy student entering their third or fourth year of study at the U of A, and who has contributed and achieved measurable results in the award categories. For more eligibility and application details, please see the terms of reference on our website.

The deadline to apply for the 2015 award is May 15.

Reminder: pharmacists prohibited from prescribing narcotics and controlled drugs
March 24, 2015

As per Standard 11.7 of the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, pharmacists must notprescribe narcotics, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, anabolic steroids, and other drugs regulated by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Pharmacists with additional prescribing authorization may prescribe Schedule 1 drugs and blood products; however all pharmacists are expected to limit their prescribing to situations where they have an adequate understanding of the patient, the condition being treated, and the drug being prescribed.

 

Dispensing the authorized quantity of biological prescriptions
March 24, 2015

ACP was recently made aware of a patient who received a prescription for seven doses of filgrastim (Neupogen®) when discharged from a hospital. When the patient filled the prescription at his community pharmacy, he received 10 doses (with instructions to use only the seven doses as prescribed). The pharmacist indicated that due to the high cost and low use of the medicine, only a full manufacturer’s box of 10 doses would be dispensed to the patient. 

The Standards of Practice require that prescriptions be dispensed for the quantity or duration of treatment ordered, unless the pharmacist adapts the prescription in full compliance with Standards 11 and 12 of the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians. Pharmacists must only adapt prescription quantities when it is in the best interest of the patient. Pharmacists must not adapt prescription quantities out of convenience for the pharmacist or perceived economic benefit to the pharmacy.

As stated in the Code of Ethics, pharmacists must: “Hold the well-being of each patient to be my primary consideration.”

Competence Program congratulations and team challenge
March 24, 2015

All of us at the ACP congratulate the 3,098 pharmacists who have already completed the prescribed Continuing Competence Program (CCP) tutorial online. Now, there are only three more steps remaining for you to meet program requirements by May 31, 2015.

For everyone else who might need a bit more support and encouragement to get started, we invite you to take some time over the next few days to familiarize yourself with the program requirements. Working through the program in small chunks will definitely alleviate any unnecessary or last minute stress. Remember, in the words of popular English actor Christopher Park, “Procrastination is like a credit card:  it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.”

Let’s track our progress collectively. In the next few issues of The Link, we will visually provide you an update on our team thermometer to demonstrate our progress in achieving a 100 per cent completion rate. Ready…set…go!

To access the CCP Portal, visit: https://pharmacists.ab.ca/ccp-portal

  1. Complete the mandatory Continuing Competence Program (CCP) tutorial – Available in the Self-Assessment / Prescribed Activities section of the CCP portal
  2. Complete learning activities – Complete at least 15 CEUs during the CE cycle (June 1 to May 31) and document each activity on a Learning Record
  3. Put your learning to use – Implement a minimum of one CEU worth of learning into your practice and document this on an Implementation Record (you only need to complete one record)
  4. Submit your Learning and Implementation Records to ACP

For assistance, please contact a member of the competence team at competence@pharmacists.ab.ca; and/or review the FAQs on the ACP website.

Alternative to commercially available dexamethasone elixir
March 24, 2015

In follow up to an article published in the Feb. 10, 2015 issue of The Link regarding dose volumes for pediatric patients, one of our registrants made us aware of an alternative to commercially available dexamethasone elixir. The recipe has good stability, is well-researched, and does not contain alcohol.

The recipe is described in detail in an article on the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy’s website. (CJHP54.2 (2001): 96-101.)

Online CAMH opioid dependence treatment core course - Alberta version
March 24, 2015

From: April 8, 2015
To: June 8, 2015
More information & registration

Offered through the University of Calgary Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development, this online course is designed to promote inter-professional collaboration among the health care team involved in opioid dependence treatment. Online modules, webinars, podcasts, and virtual patients will be used to teach skills and review guidelines for effective and safe management of clients receiving methadone or buprenorphine maintenance treatment for opioid dependence. 

Council elections open March 13, 2015
March 10, 2015

Voting opens at 8 a.m. on March 13 for council positions for a pharmacist in District 5 (Calgary) and for a pharmacy technician in District A (northern Alberta). All voting will be online, at https://pharmacists.ab.ca/vote2015. Voting closes April 9 at 4:30 p.m.

The candidates are:

  • District 5 (Calgary) – Kamal Dullat and Naeem Ladhani
  • District A (northern Alberta) – Kelly Boparai and Don Ridley

Congratulations to Brad Willsey who was awarded his second term in District 1 (northern Alberta) by acclamation.

A biographical sketch 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. To support the election process, ACP will send two emails on candidates’ behalf to voters in their district. Watch your inbox for those messages.

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

Council update
March 10, 2015

ACP council has incorporated more long-term (10 years and beyond) and strategic (3-5 years) discussions into its annual business cycle, and has therefore increased the frequency of meetings. Council met on February 25 and 26; most of the discussion was dedicated to identifying strategic goals for the next 3-5 years. Guided by its strategic direction document adopted in 2011, critical questions council explored included, but were not limited to:

  • How can we enhance the public’s understanding and expectations about what pharmacists do?
  • How can we improve the consistency of quality pharmacy practice across Alberta?
  • How can we improve the quality of patient assessments performed by pharmacists prior to making drug use decisions (for dispensing, prescribing, or injecting purposes)?
  • How can we enhance the use of pharmacy human resources; and specifically, how can pharmacy technicians be more effectively incorporated into practice?

From these discussions, council will approve strategic goals to serve as the foundation for ACP’s priorities and business plan development over the next 3-5 years.

During this meeting, council also:

  • received results from ACP’s recent pharmacy technician survey;
  • had a discussion with Val Grdisa (Senior Nursing Officer) and Denise Perret (ADM Strategic Planning and Policy Development) to explore strategic considerations for healthcare delivery in Alberta;
  • approved amendments to the ACP Bylaws, which remove the requirement for an annual general meeting, in lieu of council’s commitment to enhance other opportunities for engagement with members;
  • considered an initial DRAFT of rules for inviting and receiving resolutions from members, based on the amended bylaws. Council provided direction for additional amendments; these to be considered again at council’s next meeting;
  • delegated responsibility to the Executive Committee to adjudicate applications from students entering their third or fourth year of study who apply for the college’s new Leadership Development Award; and,
  • appointed Anjli Acharya to a second, three-year term, as ACP’s appointee to the NAPRA Board of Directors.
Attention students: apply now for the new ACP Leadership Development Award
March 10, 2015

To support the development and advancement of professionalism, citizenship, and leadership in pharmacy, ACP has created the new Leadership Development Award. The award will be presented annually to a pharmacy student entering their third or fourth year of study at the U of A, and who has contributed and achieved measurable results in the award categories. For more eligibility and application details, please see the terms of reference on our website.

The deadline to apply for the 2015 award is May 15.

March is Pharmacy Awareness Month
March 10, 2015

March is Pharmacy Awareness Month! It’s time to celebrate the great work that’s happening in pharmacy and let the public know how you can help them.

To get you started, check out CPhA’s information and resources, as well as CSHP’s materials. Looking for a giveaway to promote patient health and increase awareness? We still have health journals available (free, while quantities last). Want to celebrate the occasion while promoting the profession? The Alberta Pharmacy Students’ Association (APSA) has partnered with the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI) to host a variety of events – check out the schedule on APSA’s website.

Reminder: time is running out to meet CCP requirements
March 10, 2015

All pharmacists* must complete the new Continuing Competence Program (CCP) by May 31, 2015 to be eligible to renew their 2015/2016 practice permit. All CCP materials are available through the CCP portal on the ACP website.

You are reminded to complete the mandatory CCP tutorial intended to help you learn about the new competence program. This tutorial is available in the Self-Assessment/Prescribed Activities section of the CCP portal. In addition to this tutorial, refer to the Competence Program FAQ section on the ACP website, and recent issues of acpnews, for additional tips on how to meet the competence program requirements.

* Exception: those who registered for the first time on the clinical register between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015.

1. I’m currently on maternity leave or I’m not living in Alberta right now. Can I be excused from the Continuing Competence Program? 
No. All pharmacists on the clinical register must complete and submit a professional portfolio to ACP to be eligible to renew their practice permit for the following registration year. If you maintain your licence to practise pharmacy, you are responsible for maintaining your competence.

If you feel that you cannot complete the requirements of the competence program and are NOT currently practising as a pharmacist in Alberta, you may choose to move to the associate register. However, when you move into the associate register, you are NOT permitted to practise as a pharmacist and no fees will be refunded. When you are ready to return to practice, you would have to reinstate as a clinical pharmacist and complete requirements per the reinstatement policies.

2. How can I implement learning if I’m not currently working in a pharmacy?
The competence program was designed to be applicable to pharmacists practising in different environments, including pharmacists who are not in direct patient care. What you choose to learn and implement should be based on your personal and professional learning and practice needs and current situation. Your implementation objective may be related to your current practice, your future practice, or your overall professional practice.

Refer to the competence program articles in our recent issues of acpnews for tips on how to complete the new program. The Nov/Dec issue includes an article on how to implement learning outside of pharmacy practice.

3. What are the requirements of an implementation?
Your implementation must:

  • Result in one of the following outcomes:
    • Improvement to your professional practice, organization, and/or the way care is delivered; or
    • Transfer of knowledge, skill, or ability to others
  • Affect another individual (a patient, a co-worker, another healthcare professional)
  • Produce evidence of implementation
  • Directly involve the application of at least 1 CEU
  • Relate to one of the pharmacy domains (pharmacy practice, medical knowledge, or systems-based practice)

Should your Implementation Record be chosen for audit, your peers will be looking for the following:

  1. The learning activities identified are relevant to the implementation objective
  2. The implementation objective is clearly outlined and relates to pharmacy practice, medical knowledge, and/or systems-based practice
  3. The rationale and relevance behind the chosen implementation objective are clearly indicated
  4. The steps the pharmacist took to achieve the implementation objective are clearly indicated and it is evident that the pharmacist played a role in the implementation
  5. The outcome of the implementation is clearly explained
  6. It is clearly evident that the implementation objective was achieved
  7. The information submitted is professional

4. What supporting documentation should I upload as my evidence of implementation?
You only need to submit one piece of evidence that showcases what you’ve achieved. Depending on what you’ve implemented, this may be a patient’s record of care, revised policies and procedures, or a resource/presentation you’ve developed. Choose the one piece of evidence that you believe best showcases what you’ve achieved and demonstrates that it was achieved by you during the current CE cycle (includes your name and a date within the current CE cycle). Depending on your evidence, you may wish to provide additional narrative in the Implementation Record or directly on the evidence to provide further explanation.

5. How do I get the “checkmarks” to appear? 
The progress indicator on the CCP portal home page lists the three components of the competence program: 1. Self-Assessment/Prescribed Activities; 2. Learning Records; and 3. Implementation Records. Once you have met a component’s requirements, a checkmark should appear next to its title on the home page; checkmarks do not appear on the other pages. You may need to log out and into the portal again in order for the checkmark to appear. Here are the requirements to complete each component:

Self-Assessment/Prescribed Activities

  • Complete the CCP tutorial.

Learning Records

  • Complete a minimum of 15 CEUs within the current CE cycle and document each learning activity on a Learning Record.
  • Answer questions one through seven in each Learning Record.

Implementation Records

  • Answer questions one through eight in the Implementation Record.
    • Identify at least 1 CEU that is directly related to your implementation (Question 1).
    • Upload one piece of documentation that provides evidence of your implementation (Question 8).
  • Select one completed Implementation Record for submission.
Questionnaire for pharmacy professionals
March 10, 2015
The Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities (ACCD) has undertaken a research study on Accessible Dental, Eye Care, and Pharmacy Services in Alberta, and is collecting data using focus groups, accessibility surveys, and questionnaires. Please take 10 minutes to provide your responses.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact:
Minhas Ali, Program Manager
Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities
780-488-9088
programmgr@accd.net 
Preventing incidents with Clear Care contact lens solution
March 10, 2015

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) has received reports from consumers who experienced pain and burning in the eyes after confusing Clear Care contact lens solution with a multi-purpose contact lens solution. Clear Care solution contains 3% hydrogen peroxide, and should not be used directly in the eye or as a rinsing solution for lenses. Due to the number of incident reports they have received, and that fact that many of the incidents resulted in corneal burns requiring emergency care, ISMP believes that additional steps are needed to make consumers aware of the need to check labels of contact lens solutions carefully.

ISMP Canada has made the following recommendations for pharmacists: 

  • Do not display hydrogen peroxide-based contact lens cleaning solutions beside multi-purpose solutions.
  • In community pharmacies, consider storing hydrogen peroxide-based solutions behind the counter.
  • Before selling or recommending hydrogen peroxide-based contact lens cleaning solutions, confirm the intended use of the product and educate consumers about proper use.
  • Share the latest SafeMedicationUse.ca Clear Care alert with consumers and patients. Consider posting a copy of the alert near displays of hydrogen peroxide-based lens cleaning solutions.

ISMP encourages pharmacists to review the Clear Care alerts and other alerts and newsletter on the SafeMedicationUse.ca website. To receive the latest publications from SafeMedicationUse.ca, please sign up to receive email communications on the www.SafeMedicationUse.ca home page, “like” SafeMedicationUse.ca on Facebook and follow @SafeMedUse on Twitter. For more information, contact info@ismp-canada.org.

Attention students: new ACP Leadership Development Award
March 9, 2015

To support the development and advancement of professionalism, citizenship, and leadership in pharmacy, ACP has created the new Leadership Development Award. The award will be presented annually to a pharamcy student entering their third or fourth year of study at the U of A, and who has contributed and achieved measurable results in the award categories. For more eligibility and application details, please see the terms of reference.

The deadline to apply for the 2015 award is May 15, 2015.

Technician survey results
February 27, 2015

In 2014, ACP commissioned focus groups and a survey to gather feedback from provisional and regulated pharmacy technicians. ACP's goals were to:

  1. Assess pharmacy technicians’ awareness, expectations, and understanding of self-regulation, ACP’s mandate, and ACP’s current business and priorities;
  2. Learn about pharmacy technicians’ expectations of and satisfaction with ACP; and
  3. Develop pharmacy technician profiles.

View the full report prepared by Advanis (PDF).

PEBC assessors needed
February 24, 2015

PEBC invites interested pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to apply as assessors. Exams will be held in both Calgary and Edmonton on the following dates:

  • OSPE (pharmacy technician exam) – Saturday, March 28
  • OSCE (pharmacist exam) – Sunday, May 24

Please refer to the PEBC Assessor Application Form for further eligibility and application details.

Last call for council election nominations
February 24, 2015

ACP will hold council elections for three positions this spring:

District 1 (northern Alberta)
District 5 (Calgary)
District A (pharmacy technician - northern Alberta) 

Nominations must be received by the registrar by 4:30 p.m. on February 28, 2015.

Who can be a candidate?

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • are motivated to advance public safety;
  • want a hands-on role in advancing pharmacy practice in Alberta;
  • model safe, effective, responsible pharmacy practice;
  • have demonstrated leadership skills; and 
  • are able to commit about 15 days per year over a three-year term.

Successful candidates will join 9 other individuals including elected pharmacists (5), pharmacy technicians (1) and members of the public appointed by the Minister (3) to form the council. Council members provide leadership through compliance with the following Code of Conduct when fulfilling their responsibilities.

Council responsibilities
Councillor code of conduct

Nomination lists (eligible registrants)
District 1 (northern Alberta) - pharmacists
District 5 (Calgary) - pharmacists
District A (northern Alberta) - pharmacy technicians

Nomination resources
Nomination information letter
Nomination form
ACP bylaws (election process covered in points 17 to 27)

ACP Tweet-a-Thon recap
February 24, 2015

ACP hosted its first Tweet-a-Thon on Thursday, February 19. Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students were invited to take part and discuss the future of pharmacy practice in Alberta. For a recap of the action, check out our Twitter feed and search for the #pharmAB hashtag to see tweets from others.

We enjoyed engaging with registrants via the Tweet-a-Thon, and welcome your feedback on other ways you’d like us to engage with you. Email samantha@pharmacists.ab.ca with your ideas.

ACP employment opportunities
February 24, 2015
The college has openings for a pharmacy practice consultant, a pharmacy practice research assistant (summer student position), a programmer/analyst, and a part-time registration administrator. For more information and application details, please see the career postings.
ACP employment opportunity: programmer/analyst
February 18, 2015

Reporting to the Information Technology Manager (IT Manager) the Programmer/Analyst complements the IT department with skills in program design and development. Part systems analyst, part programmer, this individual will have the skills to maintain, design, and develop applications that support ACP’s information management systems. The Programmer/Analyst supports the communications department with the use of Drupal and is responsible for the maintenance and development of website integration.

Additional duties include assisting with the IT Service Desk when directed, and to provide back-up and coverage for the System Administrator.

For more information and application details, please see the career posting.

Caution: dose volumes for pediatric patients
February 10, 2015

ACP has received reports of pharmacies dispensing the 0.5 mg/5 mL commercially available dexamethasone elixir for their pediatric patients, in place of a more concentrated compounded suspension. The use of the commercially available elixir has resulted in dose volumes greater than 100 mL per dose, which contains 40 mg/mL of alcohol.

When dispensing medications for pediatric patients, please ensure that the dose volume is appropriate. Lower concentration items that require larger volume doses may not be appropriate for younger patients.

Join us for a Tweet-a-Thon!
February 10, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015
7:00-8:30 p.m. 

Join the Alberta College of Pharmacists in a Tweet-a-Thon to discuss the future of pharmacy practice in Alberta. Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students around Alberta are asked to take part in a one and a half hour Tweet-a-thon that will discuss where the practice of pharmacy is headed and where the greatest opportunities and challenges will arise.

Greg Eberhart, Registrar of the Alberta College of Pharmacists will also be participating in the Tweet-a-Thon, posing questions and contributing to the discussion.

How to participate 

  • On February 19, 2015, send a tweet from your Twitter account describing where you think the practice of pharmacy is headed (remember:do not include identifying patient information in your tweets).
  • Be sure to include in your tweet the hashtag used specifically for this event: #PharmAB
  • Remember to keep your tweets under 140 characters.
  • Follow and contribute to the discussion by streaming #PharmAB on your Twitter feed.
  • Encourage your members, staff members, or friends to tweet in response to the questions.

For more details on the event, some topics to consider, and event reminders - stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter feeds!

Council meeting: Feb. 25-26, 2015
February 10, 2015

Feb. 25, afternoon
Feb. 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sutton Place, Edmonton 

The afternoon meeting on February 25 will be open to observers; however, the meeting on February 26 will be closed while council engages in a strategic planning workshop. To reserve a seat for the afternoon of the 25th, please call Leslie Ainslie at 780-990-0321, 1-877-227-3838, or email leslie.ainslie@pharmacists.ab.ca. Due to seating limitations, priority will be given to college registrants who have registered in advance of the meeting.

Online CAMH opioid dependence treatment core course - Alberta version
February 10, 2015

From: February 6, 2015
To: April 6, 2015 

The course is designed to promote interprofessional collaboration among the health care team involved in opioid dependence treatment. Online modules, webinars, podcasts, and virtual patients will be used to teach skills and review guidelines for effective and safe management of clients receiving methadone or buprenorphine maintenance treatment for opioid dependence.

More information and registration instructions

PEBC assessors needed
February 10, 2015

PEBC invites interested pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to apply as assessors. Exams will be held in both Calgary and Edmonton on the following dates:

  • OSPE (pharmacy technician exam) – Saturday, March 28
  • OSCE (pharmacist exam) – Sunday, May 24

Please refer to the PEBC Assessor Application Form for further eligibility and application details.

ACP employment opportunities
February 10, 2015

The college has openings for a pharmacy practice consultant, a pharmacy practice research assistant (summer student position), a communications director, and a part-time registration administrator. For more information and application details, please see the career postings.

Your 2015 APEX Award winners are...
February 10, 2015

Congratulations to this year’s APEX Award recipients. They are advancing practice and offering excellent patient care. We applaud their efforts and are proud to celebrate them.

 

M.J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction
Roberta Stasyk
Manager, Pharmacy Services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Alberta Health Services; Edmonton

W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Team Award  
Pharmacare Clinical Pharmacist Team
Ryan Stempfle, VP Clinical & Pharmacy Strategy, Pharmacist; Edmonton

Friend of Pharmacy 
Ann Vlahadamis 
Nurse Practitioner at the Cross Cancer Institute, Alberta Health Services; Edmonton

Future of Pharmacy 
Michelle Berresheim, Clinical Practice Leader, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Alberta Health Services; Grande Prairie

Andrew Fuller, Clinical Operations Manager, Pharmacare Specialty Pharmacy; Edmonton

Tyler Watson, Clinical Operations Manager, Pharmacare Specialty Pharmacy; Edmonton

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia  
Robert Mattice
Pharmacist/Owner, Grand Central Value Drug Mart; Cold Lake

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).

Watch for full profiles of all recipients in upcoming editions of acpnews and The Link.

ACP employment opportunity: Pharmacy Practice Consultant
February 2, 2015
Reporting to the Professional Practice Director, the Pharmacy Practice Consultant will:
  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 250 practice settings and conduct territory planning according to performance segmentation.
  • Perform practice and operations assessments with pharmacy teams to ensure compliance with legislation, ACP standards and the Code of Ethics and develop practice change goals to address deficiencies.
  • Identify and evaluate sources, event and trends that may negatively affect patient safety and communicate findings to the Professional Practice Director.
  • Coach practice teams over multiple visits to promote and sustain practice change and quality improvement.
  • Champion practice improvements by developing and using educational programs and tools.
  • Develop and use reporting tools to monitor progress on practice change goals.
  • Facilitate training sessions for practice teams and students.
  • Identify and develop peer leaders to advocate practice improvement.
  • Collaborate proactively with the ACP team as well as a variety of stakeholders in healthcare and other disciplines to achieve the College’s mission and goals.
  • Handle general inquiries from the public and registrants.

For more information and application details, please see the opportunity profile on the Careers page.

January 2015 Health Product InfoWatch now available
January 29, 2015

The January 2015 issue of Health Product InfoWatch (formerly Adverse Reaction Newsletter), published by the Marketed Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, is now available. This newsletter is a monthly publication providing safety information on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and natural health products.

In this issue:

 

PEBC assessors needed
January 27, 2015

PEBC invites interested pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to apply as assessors. Exams are held in both Calgary and Edmonton on the following dates:

  • OSPE (pharmacy technician exam) – Saturday, March 28
  • OSCE (pharmacist exam) – Sunday, May 24

Please refer to the PEBC Assessor Application Form for further eligibility and application details.

Curbing dextromethorphan abuse
January 27, 2015

Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has notified ACP that they have found Coricidin II pills in library books on library shelves. It is believed that drugs containing chlorpheniramine and dextromethorphan with or without acetaminophen have been obtained by and/or are being sold to underage individuals. 

EPS has asked that we remind pharmacists to remain vigilant when dealing with these medications and the patients purchasing them.

Dextromethorphan is a nonprescription cough suppressant available in many different preparations in Canada. Abuse of this drug is documented in the United States and Canada; mostly by teenagers because it is inexpensive and easy to obtain.

Dextromethorphan is normally taken in doses of 10-20 mg every four hours. According to the United States National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), abusers will sometimes ingest 250-1500 mg in a single dose. Such large dosages can cause blurred vision, body itching, rash, sweating, fever, hypertension, shallow respiration, diarrhea, toxic psychosis, coma, and an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Some abusers become violent after ingesting the drug.

Monitoring and Prevention
Dextromethorphan is a Schedule 3 drug, and is to be stored either adjacent to or in the pharmacy. The standards require that pharmacists monitor sales and patient trends, and be available and accessible for consultation. We remind you to increase your awareness about dextromethorphan sales at your pharmacy and to take measures to protect your community. Should you find either that individuals are prone to purchasing large quantities, or if sales volume is inordinately high, we recommend that you limit the number of packages made available for self-selection.

Drug schedule changes: triamcinolone acetonide nasal spray
January 27, 2015

Triamcinolone acetonide in a nasal spray that delivers 55 mcg per spray for those 12 years of age and older was removed from the Prescription Drug List effective January 14, 2015. The National Drug Schedules were amended to include triamcinolone acetate nasal spray on January 15, 2015.

Drug

Dose/Package size

Now Schedule

Triamcinolone acetonide in an aqueous nasal spray

55 mcg per metered spray for adults and children 12 years of age and older, in package sizes containing no more than 120 metered sprays

3

Triamcinolone acetonide in an aqueous nasal spray

55 mcg per metered spray for adults and children 12 years of age and older, in package sizes containing more than 120 metered sprays

2

Call for nominations - council elections
January 27, 2015

ACP will hold council elections for three positions this spring:

District 1 (northern Alberta)
District 5 (Calgary)
District A (pharmacy technician - northern Alberta) 

Who can be a candidate?
You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • are motivated to advance public safety;
  • want a hands-on role in advancing pharmacy practice in Alberta;
  • model safe, effective, responsible pharmacy practice;
  • have demonstrated leadership skills; and 
  • are able to commit about 15 days per year over a three-year term.

Successful candidates will join nine other individuals including elected pharmacists (5), pharmacy technicians (1), and members of the public appointed by the minister (3) to form the council. Council members provide leadership through compliance with the following code of conduct when fulfilling their responsibilities.

Council responsibilities
Councillor code of conduct

Nominations open on January 30, 2015. Nominations must be received by the registrar by 4:30 p.m. on February 28, 2015.

Nomination lists (eligible registrants)
District 1 (northern Alberta) - pharmacists
District 5 (Calgary) - pharmacists
District A (northern Alberta) - pharmacy technicians

Nomination resources
Nomination information letter
Nomination form
ACP bylaws (election process covered in points 17 to 27)

Schedule 2 drugs and your responsibilities
January 27, 2015

Standard 8 of the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians requires that each time a pharmacist or a pharmacy technician sells a Schedule 2 drug:

a) the pharmacist or the pharmacy technician must confirm the patient’s identity; and,

b) a pharmacist must provide the patient with sufficient information to enable the patient to receive the intended benefit of the drug therapy.

This standard cannot be met unless the pharmacist is aware of the health status of the patient and any drugs or other medications that the patient is taking. This is the minimal information required to determine whether the drug is appropriate for the patient, and is necessary to support counselling.

ACP is requesting that all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians review this standard and the policies and procedures within their pharmacies to ensure compliance with this standard. These products must not be sold by pharmacy assistants. Where a pharmacy technician is involved, they must collect appropriate information and present it to a pharmacist for assessment prior to a sale occurring.

ACP will further monitor operational and systemic factors that may be important to compliance. This includes monitoring to determine the appropriate balance of human resources, and pursuing a rigorous review of the national drug scheduling model and the factors that support it.

CBC Marketplace aired a documentary where their phantom shopper found that no pharmacists in 50 pharmacies visited across Canada (six in Edmonton) appropriately assessed patients prior to selling them Tylenol #1 or Palafer. In every case, pharmacists failed to ask the patient whether they were taking any other medications.

Drugs are placed in Schedule 2 due to their relative safety profile based on the factors within the national drug scheduling model. The National Drug Scheduling Advisory Committee has determined that the relative risk profile for these products is high enough that they should not be available for self-selection, and must therefore be stored in the dispensary, only to be provided based on the assessment and advice of a pharmacist.

"Old" CPD Log documents being deleted
January 13, 2015

The CPD log from the previous ACP Competence Program will be discontinued on January 31, 2015. This means that you need to save or transfer to a different repository anything in your online CE log that you would like to keep.
 

Call for CCP portfolio assessors
January 13, 2015

Would you like a front-row view of what’s happening in pharmacy practice? Are you looking for ideas about how to shift your own practice? Would you like to play a larger role in your profession?

If you answered yes, you may be just who we’re looking for! We’re recruiting pharmacists to serve as assessors for the upcoming Continuing Competence Program audit.

What’s involved:

  • Attend a one-day training workshop in Edmonton on May 28, 2015, and
  • Audit CCP portfolios at your home via a secure online process

Expected hours of work: approximately 30 hours (total)
Timeframe: June 15, 2015 to September 15, 2015

You may work at your own pace; portfolios will be assigned to you in June and then you have until mid-September to submit your completed audits.

Qualifications
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. Auditors must:

  • Be in good standing on the clinical register,
  • Have a minimum of one year of experience in direct patient care within the past three years, and
  • Not currently be or have been the subject of a disciplinary action or unresolved investigation.

Experience in assessment is not required, but is considered an asset.

Compensation

  • Contract rate of $57/hour for online audits done at home
  • Per diem of $399 for the in-person training workshop
  • ACP will cover travel, accommodation, and meal expenses in accordance with council policy for the in-person meeting

Other benefits

  • Develop your assessment skills
  • Learn more about different types of pharmacy practices
  • Be inspired by other pharmacists’ practices
  • Contribute to the profession
  • Get to hang out with other keen pharmacists!

To apply
Complete and submit the online application by February 28, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified in March.

If you have questions, please contact Debbie Lee, Competence Director.

CCP professional portfolio question
January 13, 2015

Question: If I have recently successfully completed the knowledge assessment or practice portfolio under the former competence program or if I was granted additional prescribing authorization, do I still need to complete and submit a professional portfolio to ACP as a requirement to renew my practice permit?

Answer: Yes! All pharmacists on the clinical register are required to meet the requirements of the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) by May 31, 2015, to be eligible to renew their 2015/2016 practice permit online.

One exemption
The only pharmacists who are exempt from the program are those who register for the first time on the clinical register between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015.

What about the audit?
If, within the last five years, you have:

  1. successfully completed a competence assessment through the former RxCEL program (e.g., knowledge assessment or portfolio), and/or
  2. been granted additional prescribing authorization,

your CCP portfolio will not be randomly selected for audit. Your portfolio will only be selected for an audit if there is another reason such as a late or incomplete submission or a request from the registrar. You are still required to complete and record at least 15 hours of professional development and document how you have implemented one hour of this learning.

Program information
The revised program was designed to be a simple, relevant, and meaningful process that helps you to keep up with (or ahead of) practice changes and to continually improve your knowledge and skills.

One of the first steps you should take is to review the mandatory Continuing Competence Program (CCP) tutorial. This tutorial provides an in-depth look at the revised competence program; and, through examples, will help you understand requirements to successfully complete the program. The CCP tutorial is available in the Self-Assessment/Prescribed Activities section of the CCP web portal. The portal will track when you have completed this requirement.

In addition to completing the mandatory CCP tutorial, you must:

  1. Complete at least 15 CEUs during the CE cycle (June 1-May 31) and document each activity on a Learning Record.
  2. Implement at least one hour (equivalent to 1 CEU) of learning into your practice and document this on an Implementation Record. While you must record 15 hours of learning; only 1 hour of that learning must be recorded on the Implementation Record.

More information about the Continuing Competence Program is available in the CCP web portal, in the Competence section of the ACP website, and in our recent issues of acpnews. If you have any questions about the competence program, please submit your questions through the CCP web portal or contact Debbie Lee, Competence Director.

Drug schedule changes - hydrocortisone 1%
January 13, 2015

On December 25, 2014, amendments to the prescription drug list under the Food and Drug Regulation came into effect, removing certain hydrocortisone products. The National Drug Schedule Advisory Committee met in advance to review these drugs, which became scheduled as follows (as of December 30, 2014):

Drug

Package size

Now Schedule

Hydrocortisone or hydrocortisone acetate, when sold in a concentration that provides 1% or less hydrocortisone in preparations for topical use on the skin in adults and children 2 years of age and over

Package sizes containing more than 30g

1

Hydrocortisone or hydrocortisone acetate, when sold in a concentration that provides 1% or less hydrocortisone in preparations for topical use on the skin in children under 2 years of age

 

1

Hydrocortisone or hydrocortisone acetate, when sold in a concentration that provides 1% or less hydrocortisone in preparations for topical use on the skin in adults and children 2 years of age and over

Package sizes containing no more than 30g

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ACP regional meeting in Vermilion
January 13, 2015

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Club Room, Vermilion Regional Centre, 5702 College Drive, Vermilion, AB

The meeting is open to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. There is no fee to attend. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to leslie.ainslie@pharmacists.ab.ca by Friday, January 16, 2015.

To prepare for the discussion, please review the information on the meeting event page.

New Year's resolutions - small effort, big impact
January 13, 2015

Sticking to a New Year’s resolution takes work. When considering how you might improve your pharmacy practice this year, why not focus on small changes that will have a big impact on patient health? As part of Chat, Check, Chart, we’ve identified four vital behaviors that don’t take much effort, but can lead to improved patient outcomes and a more effective practice.

Connect with patients

  • Take a moment to connect with the person at the counter—listen to their needs and gather information
  • Discuss their goals of therapy and let them know how you can help
  • Follow up on previous discussions you have had with them

Confirm and document indication

  • Don’t make assumptions—confirm the “indication for use” so that you know what needs to be assessed
  • Document the indication electronically so that other pharmacists can access it

Access Netcare

  • Use Netcare routinely as part of your assessment, care plan, and follow up
  • Review lab values, fill history for narcotics and controlled substances, and Schedule 2 drugs

Assess at refill

  • Invite the patient to talk—find out how their medications are working for them
  • Evaluate medication therapy for indication, effectiveness, safety, and adherence

These behaviours are outlined in the Vital to CCC tool carddownload a copy from our website, or request a printed version, and use it as a reminder.

Docusate: is it really effective?
January 13, 2015
Docusate salts (sodium and calcium) are widely available, non-prescription medications classified as stool softeners. To address questions about the effectiveness of stool softeners, Alberta Health Services has prepared a Drugs and Therapeutics Backgrounder with information about the efficacy, safety, and sustainability of docusate.
Suspended pharmacy technicians
January 6, 2015

The following pharmacy technicians’ registrations have been suspended from the Pharmacy Technician Register for non-renewal of their practice permits effective January 4, 2016. Suspended registrants may not work as pharmacy technicians in Alberta until they reinstate their practice permit.

Reg # Name
12256 Mohammad Mustafa Alema
8645 Heather Michelle Anderson
11717 Akanju Bebetta
13041 Andrea Cortes Echeverri
10925 Maria Louise Cox
8728 Kristi E. Fauth
12230 Koren Star Hough
10235 Andrea Marie Landry
11523 Heather Lynn McAlister
13715 Maria Cecilia Moz
10723 Veronica Lynn Riguedell
11461 Marianne Elizabeth Robson
12698 Stephanie Ann Rochon 

 

Hearing rescheduled: Karen Nevett
January 2, 2015
Hearing status Scheduled
Registrant Karen Nevett
Charge Unprofessional Conduct
Date March 13, 2015
Time 9:30 a.m.
Location

Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100-8215 112 St. NW
Edmonton, AB   T6G 2C8

In accordance with Section 78 of the Health Professions Act, this conduct hearing will be open to the public unless the hearing tribunal accepts a motion or application to close the hearing.
 
To inquire about available seating to observe this hearing, contact Margaret Morley at 780-990-0321 or hearings@pharmacists.ab.ca. Pre-registration is required by February 27, 2015.
 
Please note that the hearing schedule is subject to change. Members of the public should check the ACP website for current hearing information.
 
Please direct media inquiries to Sheena McNally, Communications Coordinator, at 780-990-0321 or sheena.mcnally@pharmacists.ab.ca