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Mike Bain and the Castor Pharmacy Museum
June 23, 2017

On Wednedsay, June 21, retired pharmacist Mike Bain was presented with the Alberta College of Pharmacists Honourary Life Membership award for his work in creating and curating the Castor Pharmacy Museum. The museum features original cabinetry, products and items found in Alberta pharmacies dating back to the late 1800s. It is a must-see for pharmacists and history buffs alike and is a true Alberta hidden gem. 

For more on Mike and the museum, please check out our video.

 

The museum is located at 5010 - 50 Avenue in Castor, Alberta. For information, call 403-882-3356.

Hearing notice: Valaykumar Rajgor
June 22, 2017
Hearing status Scheduled
Registrant Valaykumar Rajgor
Charge Unprofessional Conduct
Date September 12, 2017
Time 9:30 a.m.
Location

Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100 - 8215 112 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

 

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-registering 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.

Media inquiries are to be directed to Barry Strader, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca

ACP office closed for Canada Day
June 14, 2017

Happy Canada Day!

Our office will be closed on Monday, July 3, 2017, in observance of Canada Day (July 1).  We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Pharmacy licensee hours benchmark: FAQs
June 13, 2017

In the May 24 edition of the Link, we provided background information about why the registrar had set a benchmark requiring that pharmacy licensees be present at their pharmacy at least 30 hours per week or 75 per cent of the time that the pharmacy provides services, whichever is less.  

The following FAQs provide further insight about why the benchmark was established, how it will be administered, and what licensees should do if it is not possible to meet the benchmark.

1.    Why was the benchmark established? 

Section 5.01(1) (a) (iii) of The Pharmacy and Drug Act states: “The Registrar may issue a license referred to in section 5 to an applicant if the Registrar is satisfied that … the applicant … will personally manage, control and supervise the practice of pharmacy in the licensed pharmacy.” The Act, Regulations, and Standards for the Operation of Licensed Pharmacies outline further requirements and responsibilities of licensees.  

ACP’s pharmacy practice consultants have observed that some licensees have been frequently absent from their pharmacies. These inordinate absences have led to licensees not adequately fulfilling their responsibilities.  

2.    Why are pharmacy licensees important to pharmacy practice?

Pharmacy licensees are responsible for the management, supervision, and control of the practice of pharmacy at all licensed pharmacies. Therefore, they are responsible for the oversight of all practices at the pharmacy, providing leadership and mentoring that optimizes the performance of their pharmacy teams. This includes ensuring that policies, procedures, and systems are in place, and monitored, to provide safe, effective, and responsible pharmacy practice. 

ACP Council has identified the effectiveness of licensees as being a critical success factor to the acceptable and effective operation of pharmacies and the performance of pharmacy team members. ACP’s business plan identifies our intention to standardize rules for becoming a licensee. 

3.    Why was the benchmark of 30 hours established?

The legislation was developed on the premise that a licensee would be a clinical pharmacist, practicing at the pharmacy for which they hold a license, and who would be present for a regular and significant portion of the time that services are provided from the pharmacy. This presence is important to the oversight responsibilities of licensees. 

4.    What does it mean to be present?

To interpret the benchmark, being present means being in attendance at the pharmacy. It does not mean that the licensee must be engaged in patient care activities for the duration of this time, as time is required to fulfill their licensee responsibilities.  

5.    What does the benchmark of 30 hours mean?

The Licensee Undertaking and Application states, “Licensees must be in attendance in the pharmacy a minimum of 30 hours per week or 75 per cent of the pharmacy operating hours (whichever is less) except during licensee vacation.” Interpretation of the benchmark will also accommodate absence due to short term illness. Consistent with the answer to question 4, the benchmark will be interpreted to be at the pharmacy, not in the pharmacy. This interpretation more appropriately addresses the importance of being present, not necessarily always being engaged in patient care activities.  

6.    Does a licensee need to advise ACP every time they go on vacation?

No. This benchmark is meant to address the usual and customary presence of the licensee. To clarify, licensees are responsible to ensure that oversight is delegated to another clinical pharmacist when they are away. If the licensee is unable to be present at the pharmacy for an extraordinary period, the licensee should notify ACP of the clinical pharmacist appointed to provide oversight of the pharmacy in their absence. This interpretation should also apply when the licensee is unable to be present for successive lengthy periods of time. ACP has not set a benchmark for this; however, an example might be if the licensee was unable to be present incidentally due to vacation or illness for an extended period (i.e.: two months), they should advise ACP.

7.    What should I do if I am applying for or renewing a license and I determine that I cannot regularly be present at the pharmacy an average of 30 hours per week, or 75 per cent of the time that services are provided from it (whichever is less)?

If you cannot meet the benchmark described in the question, then you may:

  1. determine if there is another clinical pharmacist on your pharmacy team who has the interest and ability to fulfil the responsibilities of a licensee and have them apply for a pharmacy license; or,
  2. apply to the registrar and provide additional evidence about how you will fulfill the responsibilities of a licensee, when being present for a lesser period. This additional evidence will be used to adjudicate whether it is appropriate to issue a pharmacy license in your name, and whether any conditions should be prescribed. If this is the case, you should contact the registrar as soon as possible to discuss your situation.  Key questions to be addressed include, but may not be limited to:
    1. On average, approximately how many hours do you attend the pharmacy each week? (This may include practice hours in the dispensary and hours that you dedicate to management and other responsibilities.)
    2. What processes do you have in place to monitor, support, and evaluate the performance of your team members?
    3. What processes do you have in place to regularly evaluate systems and processes within your pharmacy to identify opportunities to mitigate risk and/or improve the quality of care provided?

If something goes wrong in your absence, what are your policies and procedures to deal with it?

We have experienced situations where a pharmacy is open for relatively short hours, and where professional services are provided by two clinical pharmacists, each practicing on a regular part-time basis (one being the licensee). Despite neither being present for an average of 30 hours per week, adequate information has been provided to allow the registrar to be satisfied that the licensee will be present regularly, and through supporting policies and procedures, able to provide the oversight necessary to meet the requirements of the Act. 

8.    I have been asked to indicate whether my pharmacy provides services to individuals who reside outside of Alberta. What does this mean? 

The Pharmacy and Drug Act was developed to govern the operation of licensed pharmacies in Alberta, to protect Albertans. We are interested in identifying pharmacies that regularly dispense drugs and/or provide professional advice to individuals residing/located in jurisdictions outside of Alberta. This does not include services provided to those who are in Alberta on an incidental basis for vacation or work. 

 

Compounding and repackaging pharmacies to cease serving pharmacies in British Columbia
June 12, 2017

Alberta pharmacies that hold a Compounding and Repackaging License are being asked not to provide services to pharmacies in British Columbia, pending further legal review of a Compounding and Repackaging Agreement between Alberta and BC.

In April, ACP Council approved, in principle, a model contract to facilitate compounding and repackaging services to be provided from Alberta to pharmacies licensed with the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia (CPBC). However, CPBC responded that section 13.1 of their bylaws states: 

13. (1) A community pharmacy may outsource prescription processing if (a) all locations involved in the outsourcing are community pharmacies, (b) all prescriptions dispensed are labeled and include an identifiable code that provides a complete audit trail for the dispensed drug, and (c) a notice is posted informing patients that the preparation of their prescription may be outsourced to another pharmacy. (2) The manager of an outsourcing community pharmacy must ensure that all applicable standards of practice are met in processing prescriptions at all locations involved in the outsourcing. (3) In this section, “community pharmacy” includes a hospital pharmacy.

The reference to “community pharmacies” is limited by definition, to pharmacies licensed in British Columbia.  This means that pharmacies in BC cannot outsource prescription preparation functions to pharmacies in other jurisdictions, including Alberta.  

CPBC has requested further legal review of the model contract in context with their bylaw, to determine if a solution is possible to move this agreement forward.

“Our legal counsel has advised that distinct model agreements are required to support compounding and repackaging services delivered to other jurisdictions,” said Greg Eberhart, ACP Registrar. “Therefore, until CPBC finds a legal solution to accommodate the proposed contract—which is required by Alberta’s Pharmacy and Drug Regulation—we’re asking compounding and repackaging pharmacies in Alberta to cease serving pharmacies licensed in BC.”

In April, Health Canada affirmed opportunity to further amend the contract required for serving community pharmacies licensed with ACP. Permission to compound and repackage controlled substances will be allowed by compounding and repackaging pharmacies, if they are registered with Health Canada as a licensed dealer. (Licensees of compounding and repackaging pharmacies will be notified and forwarded amended model contracts in June.)

Compounding and repackaging talks underway with Saskatchewan

In the meantime, ACP has begun discussions with the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals, and is working toward the possibility of facilitating compounding and repackaging services from Alberta into Saskatchewan. Council’s goal is to consider this in late June; however, this will depend on the colleges’ ability to achieve clarity and agreement on terminology between jurisdictions.

Updated Patient Concerns Management framework
June 9, 2017

The recently updated Patient Concerns Management framework is now available on the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) website. 

This framework provides guiding principles, a Patient Concerns Management Model, suggested process steps, and practical assistance to facilitate a consistent approach to patient concerns management and resolution processes throughout the province. It can also be used to help licensees assess current policies and procedures for responding to patient concerns.

ACP participated in updating this framework document and encourages all licensees, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians to review and use the framework when responding to patient concerns and as part of the pharmacy’s quality improvement processes. This framework can be used in conjunction with other resources such as the ReLATE/ReSPOND Tool Kit, the ACP/ISMP Quick Reference Guide.

ACP celebrates Class of 2017 with annual Grad Breakfast
June 9, 2017

Practice with compassion.

That was the advice from keynote speaker Gina Giurguis to the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Class of 2017 at ACP’s annual Grad Breakfast in Edmonton on Thursday, June 8, 2017. 

Gina, a U of A alumna (Class of 2012) and clinical pharmacist in Calgary, told those about to enter the profession to truly care for their patients and listen to them.

“Each patient has a story that you may know nothing about,” she told the crowd of over 200 grads, family, and friends. “Let your patients be your driving force.”

She also encouraged new grads to embrace the full scope of practice pharmacists enjoy in Alberta, including applying for their additional prescribing authorization.

“Get out there and make a difference,” Gina said. “Don’t underestimate your influence.”

The Grad Breakfast was also a chance to celebrate outstanding achievement with several award presentations.

Helen Marin, who served as the Alberta Pharmacy Students’ Association president, took home the APSA Past President Award and the Value Drug Mart Leadership Award.

“It represents the support I’ve had so far, not only from family and friends, but from the pharmacists I’ve had interactions with,” said Helen. “They’ve been passionate about providing patient-centered care and it motivated me to be the best leader I can and to try to make a difference.”

Helen is passionate about leadership and feels the future of pharmacy depends on it.

“The right type of leadership drives change and positivity,” she said. “Leadership is needed in the profession to move it forward. Health care is going to keep evolving and we need to evolve with it. We need leaders for that.”

The Faculty also handed out its Preceptor of the Year Awards. Tony Nickonchuk from the Peace River Community Health Centre was named Institutional Preceptor of the Year, while Edmonton’s Amanda Visscher earned Community Preceptor of the Year honours. (More on the preceptor award winners in our next issue of the Link.)

And Jenna Buxton won the ACP Gold Medal for outstanding academic achievement.

Other highlights from the breakfast included Registrar Greg Eberhard leading the grads as they recited the ACP Code of Ethics. And ACP President Taciana Pereira encouraged the future pharmacists to seek out mentors and learn from their peers.

“Listen to people who see things in you that you may not see in yourself,” Taciana said. “This is your career and it starts now. Enjoy the journey.”

May 2017 Health Product InfoWatch
June 1, 2017

The Health Product InfoWatch is a monthly publication intended primarily for healthcare professionals. It provides clinically relevant safety information on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and natural health products.

The goal of the Health Product InfoWatch is to raise awareness and to provide clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals concerning marketed health products and their safety. In some cases, information is intended to stimulate reporting of similar adverse reactions. Each publication includes a monthly recap of health product advisories and summary safety reviews, as well as a growing selection of new health product safety information.

In this issue:

Pharmacy licence renewals - minimum hours for licensees
May 26, 2017

ACP’s Pharmacy Practice Consultants have noticed some licensees have been frequently absent from their pharmacies. In many cases, these absences have led to licensees not adequately fulfilling their responsibilities.  

As a reminder, the Pharmacy and Drug Act requires that “The Registrar be satisfied that…the applicant for a pharmacy licence will personally manage, control and supervise the practice of pharmacy in the licensed pharmacy…” The responsibilities of licensees are more explicitly addressed in the regulations and the Standards for the Operation of  Licensed Pharmacies.  

Effectiveness of licensees critical to success

“ACP Council has identified the effectiveness of licensees as being a critical success factor to the acceptable and effective operation of pharmacies and the performance of pharmacy team members,” said Greg Eberhart, Registrar. “ACP’s business plan identifies our intention to standardize rules for becoming a licensee. We’ll share more details on this in late 2017 and throughout 2018.”

In the interim, the Registrar has set a benchmark requiring licensees to be in attendance at the pharmacy for which they hold a licence for a minimum of 30 hours per week or 75 per cent of the hours that the pharmacy is open to the public, whichever is less. All applications for pharmacy licences will be assessed against the benchmark. This will help mitigate concern that licensees may not be able to fulfill their responsibilities in accordance with the Act and Regulations when they are significantly absent.

Meeting the benchmark

In applying this benchmark reasonableness will be exercised, recognizing that licensees may have responsibilities that require them to be away from the pharmacy from time to time. Reasonableness will accommodate absence for vacation and illness, taking frequency, duration, and supporting policies and procedures into consideration (e.g. short term delegation of supervisory authority to another pharmacist).

If an application is received where a licensee/applicant is not able to meet the benchmark, the Registrar will consider the application, if supported by additional documentation demonstrating how the licensee/applicant will consistently fulfill their responsibilities under the Act to “…personally manage, control and supervise the practice of pharmacy in the licensed pharmacy…”

The Registrar may do one of the following: approve the application, approve the application with conditions, or decline the application. Should an application for a pharmacy licence be issued with conditions, or declined, the Registrar will provide reasons for the decision. In such cases, the applicant may appeal the decision to Council.

“Our goal is that pharmacy licensees will have a substantial presence, and in context with the requirements of the Act, provide leadership and the necessary support to their pharmacy team members,” said Greg Eberhart, Registrar. “This is all done so that pharmacy teams can excel in serving individuals depending on their care. That is why we are committed to developing our pharmacy licensee program."

Learning a lifelong journey for ACP's new competence director
May 26, 2017

For 11 years, Pam Timanson helped shape the minds of Edmonton high school students as a biology and chemistry teacher. Her favourite moments occurred when one of her students would really grasp what she was teaching.

“I think you’re almost as excited as the student is,” Pam said. “There’s a sense of pride in the student that they worked hard, they figured it out, and they finally got it. It’s a feel-good moment. The best part of working with the students though, was getting to know them and building those relationships.”

Pam will now apply that experience to continuing education as ACP’s new competence director. It’s her first foray into education for professionals since completing both her master’s degree in education at the University of Calgary and her doctorate in philosophy, specializing in educational administration and leadership at the University of Alberta. In earning her PhD, Pam researched how teachers learn from each other in the workplace.

“I was extremely fortunate to work in a couple of schools with teachers who were willing to work together as much as we could,” Pam said. “From those experiences, I learned the value of collaboration and came to really value that type of learning. When I did my master’s work on workplace and adult learning, I discovered that there wasn’t a lot of research done on teacher learning and, in particular, informal learning. I also learned that type of learning with teachers wasn’t as valued as going to professional development workshops or sessions. I wanted to explore that in greater detail.”

As she completed her PhD, Pam also led a module of a course for Pharm D students at the U of A, focusing on qualitative research and how it can be applied in pharmacy practice.

“I talked about the importance of gaining the perspectives of patients and other pharmacists,” she said. “A lot of students, once they got a sense of what it was, saw what you could do with the information that comes from interviews. It can really give a different perspective on what they’re trying to do.”

Pam also worked as a program consultant and performed a literature review for the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The review focused on various teaching methods used in post-secondary programs within pharmacy and other professional healthcare faculties. The literature review supported the revision of the Pharm D program curriculum, which was recently approved and is set for implementation in September 2018.

In other words, she’s no stranger to pharmacy.

“The part I found most exciting was coming into the pharmacy world from an outside perspective,” she said. “I find workplace and adult learning in professional practices very exciting. Being able to apply that theoretical basis to a real situation is a new challenge.”

As competence director, Pam hopes to support pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in evolving their careers so they can grow as professionals, and have a sense of pride in their work and their continued learning.

“I’d like them to be open to a variety of ways to learn,” Pam said. “When I was looking at the competence program, I was excited to see that we do acknowledge informal learning and collaboration with colleagues. That’s huge. I come from a world where that wasn’t as valued. To have that valued, that’s really wonderful."

Are your uploads going through? The importance of accurate information in Netcare part 2
May 26, 2017

If your pharmacy hasn’t batched data onto Netcare for 30 days, you can expect a call from the Professional Services division at Alberta Health. The Professional Services division works with Alberta Health’s Drug Domain Team, who is responsible for reviewing monthly Pharmacy Batch Submission Reports to ensure compliance with the ministry order.

Most of the time, pharmacy teams are unaware that something has gone wrong within their pharmacy software or its connection to Netcare.

“If you aren’t getting any rejection reports, there’s a chance your information isn’t being uploaded to Netcare at all,” says Jim Krempien, ACP Complaints Director. “A good way to test this is to look at a patient’s file you’ve recently updated and make sure the most current information is there.”

If you notice the information you recently added is missing, you should contact the Alberta Netcare help desk for health professionals at 1-877-931-1638.

Best Possible Medication History

There are many reasons why it’s important to have complete, accurate information in Netcare. One example is the recently added Best Possible Medication History (BPMH) tab. This tab is auto-generated by Netcare using Pharmacy Information Network (PIN) data.

“It’s important to keep in mind that BPMH tab has not been confirmed or vetted by a pharmacist, and only includes information generated from within the system,” says Jim. “If batch uploads haven’t gone through, the most current information will not be available to populate the BPMH.”

In fact, ACP has received reports of health care professionals assuming, as the name might suggest, the BPMH has been vetted by a health professional. If pharmacy dispensing data is unknowingly missing from PIN, this omission could result in harm to patients.

Since the information in Netcare can be used by health professionals for providing health services, conducting research, or generating reports, it’s important that we do our part to ensure it’s as accurate and current as possible.

Watch for additional information on BPMH in future editions of The Link.

Don't forget to press submit! (CCP for pharmacists)
May 26, 2017

With the deadline to complete your professional portfolios coming up on May 31, there is one button all pharmacists will be pressing: the submit button. But where is it exactly? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone. The submit button can be found on the home page of the CCP portal. It’s the last step in submitting that awesome professional portfolio you’ve been working on!

“We find that many pharmacists complete their professional portfolios, but are unable to complete renewal because they have yet to actually 'submit' their professional portfolio,” said Denise Brooks, Competence Administrator. “They complete their implementation record, but forget to go back to the home page to click on the submit button. It’s a small step, but an important one!”

To help make this process smoother, the Competence Team has developed a handy Guide to Submitting Your Professional Portfolio, available on the ACP website. It includes step-by-step instructions – complete with screen shots of the CCP portal – to successfully submit your portfolio and move on to your renewal.

 

ACP office closed for Victoria Day
May 19, 2017

Our office will be closed on Monday, May 22, 2017 (Victoria Day). We will reopen during regular business hours on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend!

Common mistakes you could be making: The importance of accurate information in Netcare
May 15, 2017

What’s the risk of inaccurate, outdated information in Netcare? Perhaps more than you think. Inaccurate dispensing information can cause confusion, call into question the drug being prescribed, and result in delay of patient care.

As the information on Netcare becomes more complete, comprehensive and easier to access (by an ever-increasing number of health care providers) it becomes even more important for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the data they are uploading.

TPP data integrity

In the next few issues of The Link, we’ll talk about data integrity and share tips to avoid common mistakes. This week we focus on Alberta’s Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP).

The College of Physicians and Surgeons, which manages the TPP program, has identified a large number of prescriptions where the incorrect prescriber number has been entered. Since January 2017, TPP's Administrator has contacted over 150 pharmacies regarding data entry errors related to 95 physicians and over 300 patients.

“About 85 per cent of the errors we see are caused by entering the triplicate prescriber identification number instead of the registration/licence number,” says Ed Jess, Manager of Prescribing, Analytics and Continuing Competence at CPSA. “The triplicate number for one physician could be the same as the registration/licence number for another. This is how the wrong physician ends up in the system.”

Other times it’s because there is more than one prescriber with the same first, last, and in some cases, middle name.

“Sometimes location can be a clue, as chances are these physicians don’t live in the same city, but even that’s possible, so it’s always best to double-check to make sure you have the right one,” says Ed.

Patient impact

How might recording the wrong prescriber impact a patient? Let’s say a patient is admitted to the ER and the attending physician wants to contact the prescriber about a medication or a patient attends a new pharmacy and the pharmacist needs to contact the prescriber. If the wrong prescriber is listed, it may take a long time to identify and reach the correct one. This could delay care.

Please confirm that the prescriber numbers in your system are correct by checking the prescriber licence number when filling a triplicate prescription. At a minimum, check that the prescriber’s licence number is not the same as the triplicate identification number that appears on the triplicate prescription. If the numbers match or if there is a generic physician licence number in your system, you will need to update your files. Prescriber numbers are available in the Prescriber Lists section of ACP’s website. If you’re still not sure, picking up the phone to verify the prescriber is always a good idea.

Watch for more in this series on data integrity over the next few issues of The Link. 

Increase in International Pharmacy Graduates in Alberta trending
May 15, 2017

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Council has seen a large growth in the number of International Pharmacy Graduates seeking licensure in Alberta.  

It’s been on Council’s radar for the last two years and it’s now been determined a trend.

Growth in Alberta

The number of international pharmacy graduates (IPGs) looking to earn their licence in Alberta has quadrupled in the last four years, from 109 in 2013 to 409 in 2016. That’s in addition to the average of 130 University of Alberta graduates who enter the provisional register each year.

The increased number of IPGs each year is putting pressure on pharmacies and preceptors who are willing to help train interns at their locations.

“We want to make sure all interns have quality Structured Practical Training (SPT) experiences,” said Taciana Pereira, ACP Council President. “With the volume of practitioners who are requiring a spot, it’s becoming a challenge. I think it’s becoming unsustainable, especially with the new PharmD program at the University of Alberta, which will lead to more requirements for preceptors. Just by virtue of capacity, we’re running out of spots for interns."

Council reviewing policies

Why has Alberta seen such a dramatic increase in IPGs looking to earn their licences here? Taciana believes the answer is twofold.

“One of the contributing factors is that our scope of practice in Alberta attracts people to come and want to practice in Alberta, which is great,” she said. “Another contributing factor, though, is that other provinces have implemented some policy changes that create differences in the steps required to enter practice as a licensed pharmacist. There are fewer steps in Alberta and I think that’s appealing to some people who are coming to practice pharmacy in Canada.”

To help create a level playing field, Council is reviewing policies in other provinces, such as the bridging programs that exist in BC and Ontario.

Nurture the profession

ACP will also further review its SPT program, to ensure that the experiences provided and the assessments conducted truly address the scope of practice in Alberta. In the meantime, Taciana encourages more pharmacists in Alberta to consider becoming preceptors.

“Absolutely. In fact, that’s in our code of ethics in terms of nurturing the profession,” she said. “When we become pharmacists in Alberta, we commit to participating in the education of provisional pharmacists and pharmacy technicians."


Related topics

 Structured Practical Training (SPT) for pharmacists

 Become an SPT Preceptor

9 things pharmacists need to know about the competence program
May 11, 2017


The May 31, 2017 deadline for pharmacists to complete their Continuing Competence Program (CCP) requirements is fast-approaching. Some important things to keep in mind:
 

1. Non-accredited programs count.

If there are non-accredited courses or activities you’d like to participate in that are applicable to your practice, you can use those towards your CEUs. Just make sure to show the connection in your reflections. There’s no requirement for how many of your CEUs need to be accredited programs versus non-accredited.

“We understand there are a lot of great non-accredited programs out there,” said Debbie, ACP’s Registration Director (and former Competence Director). “After you participate in a non-accredited program, it’s up to you to determine if it’s biased or relevant to pharmacy. There are a lot of programs that are accredited for nurses or physicians that you may claim as non-accredited CEUs if they apply to your practice. And regardless of whether you do accredited or non-accredited programs, you go through the same process of reflecting on the learning and entering them in your learning record.”


2. You don’t have to include EVERYTHING you learned in your learning record.

The learning record is your chance to reflect. Stick to the highlights or your personal takeaways from the learning activity. Still, put some thought into your responses and avoid giving one-word answers. Show the assessors you’re engaged in the continuing education process.


3. You can select more than one learning record in your implementation record.

It says you can select one or more learning records, so if you have more, select more! And remember, your implementation record needs to be able to link back to your learning record.

“It’s to your benefit to list all relevant learning activities that are applicable to your implementation,” said Debbie.


4. Have “SMART” objectives.

Your learning objectives should be: Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Realistic, and Time-based. In other words: SMART.

“If it’s not clear what you’re trying to achieve, it’s hard to tell if you’ve achieved it,” said Debbie.


5. Show your evidence

If you did a PowerPoint presentation for your colleagues or updated your policies and procedures based on what you learned, share those documents (the entire documents) as evidence in your implementation record. Keep in mind assessors want to know that you have already applied your learning, not that you plan on applying it. Your implementation must be completed in the current CE cycle.


6. The CCP portal is open 24/7, 365.

You don’t have to wait until registration is open to enter your learning activities. The portal is just like 7-Eleven: always open. 


7. Optional means optional.

You’re not required to answer the optional questions in your learning record. They’re meant to get you thinking about potential implementation objectives. If you prefer to save those thoughts for your implementation record, that’s okay.


8. Spread out your learning over the course of the year.

If you plan ahead, you’ll have a better chance of participating in learning activities that are of interest to you or most relevant to your practice. Leaving things until the last minute limits your options.


9. You’re completing your competence training for you.

It’s in the pharmacists’ code of ethics that you continue your education throughout your career. As a health care professional, maintaining competence is in your—and your patients’—best interest.



Additional resources you may like: 
 

 CCP tutorial video

 Examples of Implementation Objectives

 How to write SMART objectives

Be warm, smile, and listen: How pharmacy professionals can help with drug misuse
May 11, 2017

Pamela Spurvey, a Peer Support Worker with Alberta Health Services, was a guest speaker at ACP's first Leadership Symposium this past April in Calgary.


For most of her adult life, when Pamela Spurvey walked into a pharmacy, she didn’t feel welcome. She could tell by the body language and facial expressions of those behind the counter that she was being judged.

Pamela had been struggling with mental health issues and drug addictions.

“You feel stigmatized,” said Pamela (pictured above). “You're already feeling bad things about yourself and now you’re feeling them from that person standing in front of you. That makes it even harder to ask them for help or support.”

Recently, Pamela celebrated 10 years of sobriety. She has literally turned her life around and is now a peer support worker with Alberta Health Services and a mentor with the Edmonton Drug Treatment Team.

In April, she was asked to share her story at ACP’s first Leadership Symposium and encourage pharmacy professionals to re-think how they deal with individuals who misuse drugs.

Pamela’s story is both heart-wrenching and inspiring.

Negative cycles 

Growing up, she was surrounded by addiction, and mental and physical abuse. As a teenager, despite excelling in education and sports, she was forced to quit school and get a job to help support her family. Eventually, she fell into a self-destructive lifestyle. Drugs. Crime. Teen parenthood. Every now and then, she would get a wake-up call and try the straight and narrow.

Each time she failed.

You get used to the chaos and that disabling lifestyle.

“How could I have a normal lifestyle when I didn’t know what that was?" she said. "When I tried to normalize, I felt uncomfortable and that I didn’t deserve it, so I would go back to these dark places. That’s where I felt I belonged.”

Authority figures constantly told Pamela to clean up her act and take specific steps to do it. Problem is, she wasn’t ready. Eventually, though, she got there.

“I got tired of feeling hopeless and sad all the time,” she said. “Self-hatred. Feeling judged. Anxiety. Fear. Not being trusted. Seeing my children suffer. Feeling defeated. The biggest part was when my own child had to start taking care of me. I was homeless, sleeping on my oldest son’s couch. He was the caregiver because I was sick from my own drug misuse. That just didn’t feel right. I wanted to be well.”

Helping hands on the journey to recovery 

When she was finally ready to get help, Pamela was given choices how to set out her recovery journey. That made all the difference. Pamela believes that as front-line health care professionals, pharmacy technicians and pharmacists have a genuine opportunity to make a difference for those who misuse drugs.

“You’ve got to see beyond the drug misuse and have an honest conversation with that person,” she said. “Find out what’s really happening with them. It’s incredible what you’d see. It would open a lot of doors.”

You can even help by simply explaining important points about their prescriptions and not making assumptions. Pamela recalls many instances when prescriptions weren’t explained to her.

“I didn’t know that if I stopped taking my anti-depressants for four days, then start them again, and then not take them for another few days that I was causing a chemical imbalance in my brain,” she said. “I was causing my depression to go all over the place. I was making things worse for myself. Nothing was explained to me. When I got the right pharmacist and all those things were explained to me, I was like, ‘Oh! I didn’t know that.’”

Her final piece of advice to pharmacy professionals is to be warm, smile, and listen.

“If you listen to someone’s story, you’ll be able to see their potential. They can’t see it in themselves sometimes.”

Because someone finally listened to Pamela and saw her as a person, a mom, a member of the community, she was able to realize her full potential and make a difference for so many others.

Apply for the 4th annual Leadership Forum
May 5, 2017

Apply for the 4th annual Leadership Forum

Apply for a spot at the 4th annual Leadership Forum in Edmonton. 

Why attend the ACP Leadership Forum? Here’s why.

When ACP hosts its fourth Leadership Forum in Edmonton June 21-23, 2017, it will gather together a group of like-minded pharmacy technicians and pharmacists hoping to grow, both professionally and personally.

Collaboration and support 

Erin Albrecht, a community pharmacist based in Manning, participated in the first-ever Leadership Forum in 2014. She enjoyed the opportunity to choose an issue she was struggling with and work through it with her peers.

“The forum helped me put into words what I was dealing with and helped me worked through why it was important, the barriers in my way, and the outcome I wanted,” said Erin. “I’ve since used that model in several other problems I’ve had in my practice and my personal life. It gave me hope for the future that I can do this. It made a significant mark in my life.”

 It rejuvenated my whole outlook and made me want to be a better pharmacist. 

Margie Steingart also attended the first Leadership Forum and saw it as an opportunity to collaborate with “the upper crust of people who are passionate about doing pharmacy right.” Margie, a community pharmacist from Carstairs, took comfort in the fact her peers were going through the same issues she was, and appreciated the ability to gather perspectives from across the profession, across the province.

“I left with a lot of tools to begin new pathways with my team once I got back to the store,” Margie said. “I created a checklist for how my staff was going to perform our roles to meet everyone’s needs. Because of that, I presented to the Pharmacy Technician Society of Alberta (PTSA) conference on how registered pharmacy technicians can help pharmacists do our job. It really snowballed into doing things well.” 

Motivating and inspiring 

Pharmacy technician Sharon Van Wert of Medicine Hat says attending the Leadership Forum made her a better communicator and more confident. And she believes the event helps break down the walls that can sometimes exist between technicians and pharmacists.

“It was one of the best weekends of my life,” said Sharon. “It was so motivating, inspirational, and emotional. We all cried. Everyone had tears in their eyes at one point as we shared our stories.”

At the 2015 Leadership Forum, St. Albert community pharmacist Ashley Davidson developed a personal vision that she now applies to her practice. She encourages anyone who’s thinking of going to the forum to apply.

“You’re going to meet people within your profession who are inspiring, who are engaging, and who you might not otherwise be in contact with,” said Ashley. “You also gain a better understanding of the perspective of other pharmacists, whether they’re in the community or a hospital. I also got a better understanding of the vision and the goals of Council and ACP.”

 


Apply for the 4th annual Leadership Forum

Are you an aspiring pharmacy leader? Apply for a spot at ACP's 4th annual Leadership Forum, to be held June 21-23 in Edmonton! You will be introduced to thought processes and skills that will help you lead in a world of constant change. During this two-day event, facilitators will guide you through group and individual learning activities designed to build confidence and leadership skills valuable to your practice, your community, and your home.

 Learn more

Substance misuse the topic for first ACP Leadership Symposium
May 5, 2017

ACP's first Leadership Symposium brought together pharmacy leaders from across the province to talk about substance misuse in our communities. Participants were challenged to develop and present a framework for how pharmacy technicians and pharmacists can help, and develop takeaways to impact their own practices.

It’s something pharmacists and pharmacy technicians see in their practices every day: substance misuse.

Many Albertans struggle with addictions, be it alcohol, illicit drugs, or prescribed medications. In many cases, addiction is associated with mental health and is of growing concern across our communities. That’s why substance misuse was selected as the theme for ACP’s first-ever Leadership Symposium, held April 28-29, 2017, in Calgary. 

Three educational and inspiring presentations

Participants from ACP’s first three Leadership Forums (2014, 2015, 2016) were invited to attend the symposium, which opened with presentations from three speakers of diverse backgrounds.

First, Dr. Nicole Sherren of the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative spoke about the “Brain Story” and how Adverse Child Events (ACES) can lead to substance misuse later in life.

Next, Pamela Spurvey, who has suffered from mental health and addiction issues for many years, talked about her journey, from a childhood of abuse and hardships, to her own struggles with drugs, to 10 years of sobriety. Pamela is now a peer support worker with Alberta Health Services and a mentor for the Edmonton Drug Treatment Team. She shared an emotional, personal story, including her experiences with pharmacists—both positive and negative. She also gave advice about how to better support patients who suffer from addiction. (We’ll have more from Pamela in the May 10, 2017 edition of the Link.)

Finally, the University of Alberta’s Dr. Cam Wild spoke about the state of substance misuse in Alberta and explored the systemic gaps that contribute to substance misuse, intervention, and treatment.

Putting it into practice

“The three topics were so different yet so related,” said Sharon Van Wert, pharmacy technician from Medicine Hat. “All three were amazing and educational and emotional.”

On day two, participants were divided into four groups, challenged to develop and present a framework for how pharmacy technicians and pharmacists can help individuals with substance misuse issues. Facilitator Don Winn guided participants in how to apply what they learned in the presentations to shape their frameworks.

“We cannot fix the problem, but we can offer support,” said Carstairs pharmacist Margie Steingart. “That was huge for me. I need to gather the tools to show them I care, and not tell them I can fix the problem. Let them know they can succeed."

"We’re front line. We see them and can invest in their lives, not just their medicine.” - Margie Steingart

Finally, participants wrote down what they committed to do about substance misuse, starting now. Manning-based pharmacist Erin Albrecht was tested her first day back at work, when someone with substance misuse issues walked through her door.

“I didn’t expect that situation to happen so quickly, so I didn’t deal with it much differently than I had before,” said Erin. “It was my reflection afterwards. I might even call her today and ask her to come in and talk about some things I’ve learned. Before, I would have thought, ‘Oh, there she is. I hope she never comes in again.’ But she will come in again. I feel now I have some tools to help her. I recognized in that moment that’s what we were talking about. I want to grow from that situation."


Apply for the 4th annual Leadership Forum

Are you an aspiring pharmacy leader? Apply for a spot at ACP's 4th annual Leadership Forum, to be held June 21-23 in Edmonton! You will be introduced to thought processes and skills that will help you lead in a world of constant change. During this two-day event, facilitators will guide you through group and individual learning activities designed to build confidence and leadership skills valuable to your practice, your community, and your home.

 Learn more

Online permit renewal now open for pharmacists - due May 31, 2017
May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017

Online permit renewal is now open for pharmacists! Permit renewals are due by May 31, 2017.

How to renew

Login to renew your annual permit here. Use the login credentials you use for all other secure areas of the website, including the CCP portal. Forgot your password? Request a new password.

Continuing Competence Program

As a reminder, before you can do your online renewal, you must ensure you have submitted your Continuing Competence Program requirements via the CCP portal. Need to submit your CCP requirements still? Login to the CCP portal here.

Learn more 

April 2017 Health Product InfoWatch
April 27, 2017

The Health Product InfoWatch is a monthly publication intended primarily for healthcare professionals. It provides clinically relevant safety information on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and natural health products.

The goal of the Health Product InfoWatch is to raise awareness and to provide clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals concerning marketed health products and their safety. In some cases, information is intended to stimulate reporting of similar adverse reactions. Each publication includes a monthly recap of health product advisories and summary safety reviews, as well as a growing selection of new health product safety information.

In this issue: 

A Vision for the Future of a Healthy Alberta: 10-year roadmap
April 27, 2017

Six significant themes form the basis of our joint vision for pharmacy practice in Alberta. (ACP)
 

It’s called A Vision for the Future of a Healthy Alberta.

The 10-year roadmap sets out a clear path for how Alberta’s pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will contribute to the sustainable health and wellbeing of individuals and communities by practicing at full scope. It’s a commitment to work with all healthcare professionals to make a real difference. And it explores the intended outcome: healthier, happier Albertans.

Working collectively

“We’ve always prided ourselves in Alberta as being leaders. In many ways, we are leading pharmacy practice across Canada,” said Greg Eberhart, Registrar for the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP). “If we’re going to be leaders, we need to have a longer vision. By working together with sister organizations within the pharmacy community, we’ve created a platform to work collectively towards a common vision.”

ACP collaborated with the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA), Pharmacy Technician Society of Alberta (PTSA), and Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Alberta Branch (CSHP-AB)—with input from other health care organizations, government representatives, and the public—to create the vision.

“It unites us as a profession,” said CSHP-AB President Sheri Koshman. “It’s important all the players involved in medication management, from drug distribution to the patient, are on the same page and working towards a common vision. This is the first time this has really happened, that we’ve all come to the table, which is exciting. It’s also important to take this vision and share it with other health care organizations because sometimes pharmacy gets forgotten in some of these discussions.”

Six themes 

The Vision is based on six themes where pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can make an impact:

  • Care
  • Professionalism
  • Relationships
  • Integrated technology
  • Quality drug distribution
  • Engaging health system

As scopes of pharmacy practice have evolved, providing altruistic, person-centered care has become a larger focus. It’s not just about treating disease. It’s about preventing disease and helping individuals achieve their health goals.

“It’s important to deliver that type of care and shift from what we’ve seen historically—a product-centric model, which is all about filling the prescriptions and getting the drugs ready—to actually meeting the care needs of the patients themselves,” said PTSA President Teresa Hennessey. “We want to involve the patient and partner with them, providing the care they need and want.”

The call to exceed

The vision also calls on pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to not only meet professional standards and expectations, but exceed them. Standards are established as a baseline, a minimum. By exceeding what’s expected of them, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be more able to provide the best care possible.

“I think that’s why the document is visionary,” said RxA CEO Margaret Wing. “There has to be an expectation that we will exceed where we’re at. We’ve been so privileged in this province because we do have those scopes and those models that have supported us to advance this profession well beyond other provinces and other countries. But with those privileges, there’s an expectation that there would be better care.”

When the vision is realized, work environments of pharmacy teams will be a hub for the “community of care” in which all health care professionals work together for the benefit of individuals and families.

 

Read the roadmap document

March 2017 Health Product InfoWatch
March 30, 2017

The Health Product InfoWatch is a monthly publication intended primarily for healthcare professionals. It provides clinically relevant safety information on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and natural health products.

The goal of the Health Product InfoWatch is to raise awareness and to provide clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals concerning marketed health products and their safety. In some cases, information is intended to stimulate reporting of similar adverse reactions. Each publication includes a monthly recap of health product advisories and summary safety reviews, as well as a growing selection of new health product safety information.

In this issue

ACP Spring 2017 Regional Meetings
March 28, 2017

All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are invited to join ACP president Taciana Pereira and registrar Greg Eberhart at our Spring 2017 Regional Meetings. 

During these sessions, we will be facilitating discussion about two important topics:

  • Modernizing role statements for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians based on current practices (continuing the discussion from our fall 2016 meetings)
  • ACP regulates multiple professions; should its name change to reflect this?

In addition, part of the meeting will be dedicated to an open forum to hear what is on your mind and gain an understanding of the issues affecting you locally.

We encourage you to take this opportunity to connect with your peers, share ideas, and let us know your opinions about these important topics.

Please RSVP using the link below. As space is limited, those who do not RSVP will not be guaranteed a spot at the Regional Meeting of their choice.

RSVP


Dates and Locations

Webinar

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
*webinar details and instructions will be sent via email in advance of the meeting

Fort McMurray

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
MacDonald Island Park - Shell Place Ballroom D
1 C.A. Knight Way
Directions

Calgary

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 7:00 - 9:30 pm
Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel - Sheraton South Room
2620 32nd Ave. NE
Directions

Beverages and light snacks will be provided at all in-person meetings. Note: pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can claim participation at Regional Meetings as non-accredited learning.


Questions/Contact

ACP Communications 
communications@pharmacists.ab.ca 
780-990-0321

Hearing notice: Jody Pyne
March 27, 2017
Hearing status                                  Adjourned                                                        
Registrant Jody Pyne
Charge Unprofessional conduct
Date TBD
Time TBD
Location Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100 - 8215 112 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

 

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 registering 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.

Media inquiries are to be directed to the Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca

 

Edmonton pharmacists work to improve lives of inner-city's most vulnerable
March 14, 2017

 

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
 

Edmonton, AB - A group of local health professionals are challenging our perception of what it means to be a pharmacist. Each with their own unique story, these individuals are connected through their dedication to caring for the inner-city’s most vulnerable and marginalized residents. Their innovative approach to caring for individuals living with HIV, grappling with mental health and addiction, and in some cases, homelessness, is both inspiring and eye-opening.

These revolutionary and equally compassionate pharmacists were recently honoured at the 2017 APEX Awards, an annual event hosted by the Alberta College of Pharmacists and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association to recognize excellence in pharmacy practice in Alberta.

Adherence and Community Engagement (ACE) Team
Launched in August of 2016, the ACE Team is a pharmacist-led HIV outreach team initiative based in Edmonton, that has truly become a unique and innovative pharmacy practice model with no parallel across Canada. The ACE Team consists of two clinical pharmacists, Essi and Klaudia, and licensed practical nurse, Sokun. It was a program developed by the Mint Health + Drugs group as part of their non-profit community health arm, Mint Communities. ACE operates as a mobile team in the community to support transient, disengaged individuals – previously never considered candidates for therapy – successfully start and maintain adherence to antiretroviral therapy. Understanding that health issues do not occur in isolation, the team also connects individuals with community resources to help address their unique social needs and self-identified goals.

“We hope that in achieving greater patient stability and suppressed viral loads, our team’s interventions can demonstrate reduced HIV viral transmission, reduced instances of new HIV cases, as well as a reduction in hospitalizations and incarcerations,” says Klaudia Zabrzenski, clinical pharmacist. View the ACE Team’s video and full profile.

Ken Forgach
By day, Ken is a critical care pharmacist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. When his shift is over, Ken puts on another hat and makes his way to the inner-city to pursue his passion for helping others. Ken volunteers in the inner-city helping individuals in need of a bite to eat, some warm clothing, or a supportive ear. With his non-profit organization, the Hymningbirds, Ken makes regular visits to local hospitals, nursing homes, soup kitchens, and prisons. Drawing on his skills as a pharmacist, Ken also keeps Naloxone kits on hand to educate members of the community who may need to use the kits on friends or family members struggling with opioid addiction.

“Volunteering has opened my eyes and my heart to the sufferings and struggles of those around me. As a pharmacist, it has reminded me that everyone is special and deserves generous portions of love and respect along with the clinical care I provide,” says Ken Forgach, clinical pharmacist and community volunteer. View Ken’s video and full profile.

Andrew Noh
A clinical pharmacist at Mint Health + Drugs - CMP in downtown Edmonton, Andrew works primarily with inner-city patients who often require daily assistance. Andrew and his team collaborate with neighboring clinics and services such as the Boyle McCauley Health Centre (BMHC) and Heavy Users of Services (HUoS), where health professionals, social workers, and the Edmonton Police Service, work together to provide care for patients with multiple barriers to health care, such as homelessness, mental health, and addiction.

“To me, excellence in pharmacy practice means going above and beyond for your patients. It’s about more than just helping them meet their health-related needs; it’s about the time spent to understand their life and putting a smile on their face,” says Andrew Noh, clinical pharmacist. View Andrew’s video and full profile.

Michelle Foisy
Michelle Foisy is a clinical pharmacist with the Northern Alberta HIV Program. Michelle has made many contributions to patient care throughout her 30-year career. Most recently, she played a leading role in updating and implementing the Alberta Health Services/Covenant Health HIV Perinatal Protocol. This protocol is essential in guiding management of HIV-infected pregnant women and preventing transmission of HIV to the neonate. Michelle and her colleagues have also developed a drug interaction app for HIV/HCV therapy, which is used extensively by health care providers. Michelle works closely with an interdisciplinary team to get HIV-infected patients on antiretroviral treatment and to stay on treatment for life. This involves a great deal of outreach and the development of strong partnerships with community agencies and pharmacies, particularly for inner-city patients who may have more social challenges.

“I did not fully appreciate where my career was headed when I started. I now see the richness of the opportunities I’ve had. Not only have I grown and learned from my patients, I have also been able to collaborate with so many other excellent health care professionals,” says Michelle Foisy, clinical pharmacist. View Michelle’s video and full profile.

About the APEX AWARDS
The APEX Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in pharmacy practice in Alberta. Initiated in August 2007, the awards are jointly funded, promoted, and presented by the Alberta College of Pharmacists and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association. To learn more about the APEX Awards, visit: https://pharmacists.ab.ca/apex-awards

 

Media contacts:

Ashley Edwards Scott, Communications Coordinator                   Jody Johnson, Manager, Member Services
Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP)                                                        Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA)
P: 780-990-0321                                                                                                                P: 780-990-0326 ext. 8722                                
ashley@pharmacists.ab.ca                                                                                jody.johnson@rxa.ca

 

February 2017 Health Product InfoWatch
February 24, 2017

The Health Product InfoWatch is a monthly publication intended primarily for healthcare professionals. It provides clinically relevant safety information on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and natural health products.

The goal of the Health Product InfoWatch is to raise awareness and to provide clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals concerning marketed health products and their safety. In some cases, information is intended to stimulate reporting of similar adverse reactions. Each publication includes a monthly recap of health product advisories and summary safety reviews, as well as a growing selection of new health product safety information.

In this issue: 

PTSA Professional Development Survey
February 24, 2017

As part of the 2016 Alberta Pharmacy Technician Conference, ACP hosted a reception celebrating the fifth anniversary of pharmacy technicians becoming Alberta's newest regulated health profession. To commemorate this milestone, ACP presented the Pharmacy Technician Society of Alberta (PTSA) a $25,000 grant to support professional development opportunities for pharmacy technicians. Watch a video of the celebration on our YouTube channel!

PTSA is looking for input from pharmacy technicians on how the grant money should be used. We encourage all pharmacy technicians, whether you’re a PTSA member or not, to share your feedback and complete the online survey by March 10, 2017. 

ACP employment opportunity: Competence Director
February 9, 2017

The Alberta College of Pharmacists is teaming up with the executive search firm Pekarsky & Co. to recruit a Competence Director. 

The Director will lead the administration of policies, processes, and programs, ensuring pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are competent to perform their authorized roles throughout their careers. The Competence Director will work in close collaboration with the Directors of Registration, Professional Practice and Complaints, as their interdependencies are critical to success.

Is this you?
You are an engaging, articulate and collaborative leader. You understand how to lead with influence and build partnerships. You also have a successful record of facilitating, developing, measuring and monitoring educational or training programs, ideally within a regulatory environment.

Most of all, you want to have a positive influence on the quality of pharmacy practice throughout Alberta.

For more information or for details on how to apply, please visit our Careers page.

ACP introduces 2017-19 Business Plan, “Setting the Pace - for Pharmacy Excellence in Person-Centered Care”
February 8, 2017

On behalf of ACP Council and the college, we are pleased to share our 2017-19 Business Plan, “Setting the Pace - for Pharmacy Excellence in Person-Centered Care.” 

ACP strives to enable quality experiences that effectively address the personal health needs of individuals, every time they visit their pharmacy team.  We regulate within an increasingly complex social, technological, economic and political environment that continues to shift.  Our plan was developed after careful consideration of trends and emerging issues impacting individuals, pharmacy teams, and the health system.  In the end, we are confident that our efforts will result in Albertans having clearer expectations of their pharmacy team, and more consistent quality experiences at each visit.  

We invite you to read our three-year business plan to learn about the work we will undertake to guide and support pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in their roles to provide Albertans with quality pharmacy care resulting in better patient experiences.

The Alberta College of Pharmacists 2017-19 Business Plan

Introducing ACP’s new Structured Practical Training (SPT) program for Provisional Pharmacists
February 1, 2017

Today, the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) is launching a new way of learning for all interns (provisional pharmacists). We have transformed the Structured Practical Training (SPT) program – moving away from a traditional time-based system of completing a set number of practicum hours, to a structure that focusses on mastering the competencies required at entry to practice. Competency-based training offers an objective approach to assessing an intern’s readiness for practice, while providing a personalized learning experience to meet identified developmental needs. The role of the preceptor is critical to the program’s success. They hold immense professional responsibility to support an intern’s development and learning needs, and must be committed to the process.

More good news … the SPT program will now be managed in a new online environment, making it easier for the intern and preceptor to monitor, track, assess and document progress. The online portal is user-friendly, intuitive, and easy to navigate. Furthermore, all resources, manuals, assessment tools, instructions, assignments and help guides are housed online to make it convenient, accessible and easy to manage the program.

Finally, the new SPT program will ensure consistency in experiential learning throughout all learning sites in Alberta. Interns will have an organized, structured and supervised training experience leading to desired outcomes of being competent, responsible, patient- and outcomes-focussed healthcare providers.

Highlights of new program

  • The new SPT program is competency-based (demonstrate proficiencies over hours invested);
  • All learning activities are guided, have clear objectives and are linked to specific outcomes;
  • The SPT program has moved to an online environment and is accessible by both the intern and preceptor;
  • Extensive tools and resources are available to support interns’ learning needs and goals;
  • New program rules have been put in place and/or modified.

New Program Rules

  1. Focus is placed on mastering the entry-to-practice competencies, rather than hours invested in a practice setting. Still, a minimum baseline of 1000 structured practical training hours has been established as a guideline only. Additional hours are often required.

    The division of minimum hours for each level has been established as:
    Level I – a minimum of 450 hours
    Level II – a minimum of 450 hours
    Level III – a minimum of 100 hours
     
  2. Interns must work under direct supervision of a clinical pharmacist or courtesy pharmacist for all three levels of the SPT program.
  3. Level III of the SPT program must be completed at a different learning site, and with a different preceptor than level II.
  4. A preceptor may not have more than two interns under his/her preceptorship at the same time.
  5. A preceptor cannot be in a close personal relationship with the intern.

Who will be impacted?

Interns

  1. New interns registering with ACP on February 1, 2017 and beyond will begin their structured practical training through the new online SPT program.
  2. For interns who have registered with ACP before February 1, 2017, a six-month transition period has been established to complete their current program. These interns will not be required to convert to the online program; however, they may choose the new pathway to take advantage of the expanded learning opportunity. 
  3. Current interns and university students can expect an email from ACP outlining their program options, next steps, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Preceptors

In addition to the new rules, it is important for preceptors to remember that all restricted activities completed by the intern during the SPT program (Levels 1-3) must be under the direct supervision of the preceptor and/or another clinical pharmacist. The supervising pharmacist is responsible and accountable for all restricted activities performed by the intern while under his/her supervision.

According to the Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Profession Regulation:

23(1) A regulated member who consents to provide direct supervision under this Regulation must:

  • be authorized to perform the restricted activity being supervised,
  • be present when the supervised individual is performing the restricted activity, and
  • be able to observe and promptly intervene and stop or change the actions of the individual who is under supervision.

Learn more

To learn about the new SPT program visit the program webpage, download an information brochure for interns, or for preceptors. Please also visit our frequently asked questions page.

Learn more about SPT

Email the SPT Team:
SPTinfo@pharmacists.ab.ca

January 2017 Health Product InfoWatch
January 31, 2017

The goal of the Health Product InfoWatch is to raise awareness and to provide clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals concerning marketed health products and their safety. In some cases, information is intended to stimulate reporting of similar adverse reactions. Each publication includes a monthly recap of health product advisories and summary safety reviews, as well as a growing selection of new health product safety information.
 

In this issue: 

Hearing notice: Pouran Manzouri
January 10, 2017
Hearing status Scheduled
Registrant Pouran Manzouri
Charge Unprofessional Conduct
Date February 28, 2017
Time 9:30 a.m.
Location

Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100 - 8215 112 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

 

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-registering 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.

Media inquiries are to be directed to Shirley Nowicki, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca

Hearing notice: Crystal McIntyre
January 10, 2017
Hearing status Scheduled
Registrant Crystal McIntyre
Charge Unprofessional Conduct
Date February 15, 2017
Time 9:30 a.m.
Location

Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100 - 8215 112 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

 

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-registering 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.

Media inquiries are to be directed to Shirley Nowicki, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca

December 2016 Health Product InfoWatch is now available
December 22, 2016

The goal of the Health Product InfoWatch is to raise awareness and to provide clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals concerning marketed health products and their safety. In some cases, information is intended to stimulate reporting of similar adverse reactions. Each publication includes a monthly recap of health product advisories and summary safety reviews, as well as a growing selection of new health product safety information.

In this issue: 

ACP office closed for the holidays
December 15, 2016

Happy Holidays from all of us at ACP! We hope you enjoy time spent with family and friends during this holiday season.

Our office will be closed after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 23, 2016, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. 

 

Office closing early Dec 12
December 12, 2016
Our office will be closed at 3:30 p.m. today (December 12) for a staff function. We will reopen on Tuesday, December 13 at 8:00 a.m.
November 2016 Health Product InfoWatch is now available
December 7, 2016

The goal of the Health Product InfoWatch is to raise awareness and to provide clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals concerning marketed health products and their safety. In some cases, information is intended to stimulate reporting of similar adverse reactions. Each publication includes a monthly recap of health product advisories and summary safety reviews, as well as a growing selection of new health product safety information.

In this issue

ACP office closed for Remembrance Day
November 10, 2016
Our office will be closed for Remembrance Day on Friday, November 11, 2016. We will reopen on Monday, November 14, 2016, at 8:00 a.m.
October 2016 Health Product InfoWatch now available
October 27, 2016

The goal of the Health Product InfoWatch is to raise awareness and to provide clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals concerning marketed health products and their safety. In some cases, information is intended to stimulate reporting of similar adverse reactions. Each publication includes a monthly recap of health product advisories and summary safety reviews, as well as a growing selection of new health product safety information.

In this issue: 

September 2016 Health Product InfoWatch now available
September 29, 2016

The goal of the Health Product InfoWatch is to raise awareness and to provide clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals concerning marketed health products and their safety. In some cases, information is intended to stimulate reporting of similar adverse reactions. Each publication includes a monthly recap of health product advisories and summary safety reviews, as well as a growing selection of new health product safety information.

In this issue: 

Nominations now open for the 2017 APEX Awards
September 12, 2016

We are pleased to announce that nominations are officially open for the 2017 APEX Awards! This year marks the tenth anniversary of the APEX Awards, an annual event recognizing excellence in pharmacy practice in Alberta. The awards are jointly funded, promoted, and presented by the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA).

Submit your nomination(s) today to help recognize role models, celebrate great patient care, and raise the profile of pharmacy practice in Alberta! Award recipients and their two nominators will be invited to celebrate at our annual APEX Awards dinner on March 2, 2017 in Edmonton.

Nominations will be accepted online until November 15, 2016. A compelling letter of nomination and supporting documentation (if available) is all it takes to nominate someone for an award.

For award categories, submission details, and profiles of past recipients, please visit: pharmacists.ab.ca/apex-awards.

Submit your nomination!

ACP office closed on September 13, 2016
September 8, 2016
The ACP office will be closed on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 for a staff development opportunity. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
ACP office closed for Labour Day
September 1, 2016
Our office will be closed for Labour Day (Monday, September 5, 2016). We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
August 2016 Health Product InfoWatch now available
August 25, 2016

The goal of the Health Product InfoWatch is to raise awareness and to provide clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals concerning marketed health products and their safety. In some cases, information is intended to stimulate reporting of similar adverse reactions. Each publication includes a monthly recap of health product advisories and summary safety reviews, as well as a growing selection of new health product safety information.

In this issue:  

July 2016 Health Product InfoWatch now available
July 29, 2016

The goal of the Health Product InfoWatch is to raise awareness and to provide clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals concerning marketed health products and their safety. In some cases, information is intended to stimulate reporting of similar adverse reactions. Each publication includes a monthly recap of health product advisories and summary safety reviews, as well as a growing selection of new health product safety information.

In this issue:  

June 2016 Health Product InfoWatch now available
July 4, 2016

The goal of the Health Product InfoWatch is to raise awareness and to provide clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals concerning marketed health products and their safety. In some cases, information is intended to stimulate reporting of similar adverse reactions. Each publication includes a monthly recap of health product advisories and summary safety reviews, as well as a growing selection of new health product safety information.

In this issue:

Taciana Pereira takes the helm as new ACP council president
June 29, 2016

 

News Release

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2016

Edmonton, AB - The Alberta College of Pharmacists and its council is delighted to welcome Taciana Pereira as council president for the 2016-2017 term. She was first elected to council in 2014, and has since served for three consecutive years. Taciana officially begins her term as president on July 1, 2016.

“Taciana brings with her a passion for our profession, great humility, and a courageous spirit,” reflects outgoing president Rick Hackman. “Taciana is a bridge builder. She truly seeks to understand alternate points of view, assimilates the conversation, and only then weighs in. She has an incredible analytical mind that enables her to get to the heart of the critical issues and develop a plan of action.”

“For me, the most exciting thing about pharmacy practice in Alberta right now is the increase we've seen in pharmacists with Additional Prescribing Authorization (APA) and also the regulation of pharmacy technicians,” says Taciana. Pharmacists who have been granted APA privileges are able to initiate treatment and manage drug therapies for chronic conditions. “Since 2013, the number of pharmacists with APA has tripled. As pharmacy technicians become more integrated into pharmacy teams, I think pharmacists’ ability to use their APA will only increase. With both professions working to full scope, we’ll be in an optimal position to meet our patient's needs.”

A graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta, Taciana began her career balancing her time between community and hospital pharmacy. Having gained valuable expertise and vast knowledge in two different practice environments, Taciana accepted a full-time role as a clinical pharmacist in Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton. With six years of hospital experience under her belt, Taciana’s career took an exciting turn when she moved into a non-traditional pharmacist role with what is now Alberta Health Services (AHS). In her current role as Director of Program Performance and Informatics for Pharmacy Services, Taciana and her team are responsible for measuring the impact pharmacy services has within AHS, and supporting pharmacy information systems and the integration of technology in hospital pharmacies.

“Every day is exciting. I get to engage in the health system in a way that I had never really contemplated back when I was in school,” says Taciana. When asked about the challenges she faces in both her role at AHS and as council president, Taciana comments, “I think our challenge is to ensure pharmacists and pharmacy technicians – each with their own unique expertise – are being used in a way that makes the most sense for Albertans. At the end of the day, it all comes down to providing the best possible care for our patients.”

Media contact:

Ashley Edwards Scott
Communications Coordinator
Alberta College of Pharmacists
Phone: 780-990-0321
ashley@pharmacists.ab.ca

 

 

Hearing notice: Curtis Crough
June 10, 2016
Hearing status Scheduled
Registrant Curtis Crough
Charge Unprofessional Conduct
Date August 23, 2016
Time 9:30 a.m. 
Location

Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100-8215 112 Street NW
Edmonton, AB 

 

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- registering 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.

Media inquiries are to be directed to Shirley Nowicki, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca

May 2016 Health Product InfoWatch now available
May 26, 2016

The goal of the Health Product InfoWatch is to raise awareness and to provide clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals concerning marketed health products and their safety. In some cases, information is intended to stimulate reporting of similar adverse reactions. Each publication includes a monthly recap of health product advisories and summary safety reviews, as well as a growing selection of new health product safety information.

In this issue:

- Monthly recap

- Vaccine Safety Review: Report for July 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015

- Product Monograph Updates: Holkira Pak (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir and dasabuvir), Technivie (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir)

Hearing notice: Moustafa Alrefaey
May 17, 2016
Hearing status Scheduled
Registrant Moustafa Alrefaey
Charge Unprofessional Conduct
Date September 13, 2017
Time 9:30 a.m.
Location

Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100 - 8215 112 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

 

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-registering 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.

Media inquiries are to be directed to Shirley Nowicki, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca

Naloxone moves to Schedule 2 - Guidance for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
May 11, 2016

Today, the Government of Alberta passed amendments to the Scheduled Drugs Regulation designating “Naloxone and its salts for use in emergency treatment of opioid overdose outside of hospital” as a Schedule 2 product (available without a prescription). This change takes effect as of May 13, 2016. This amendment is one more step to help address the rising number of opioid (including fentanyl) overdoses and deaths by increasing access to take-home naloxone (THN) kits for at-risk Albertans.

To support our professions, ACP is providing pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with guidance to comply with ACP’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for dispensing or selling Naloxone as a Schedule 2 drug. The guidance document can be accessed here: Guidance for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians - Dispensing or Selling Naloxone

Hearing notice: Robert Stadnyk
May 5, 2016
Status Decision pending
Registrant Robert Stadnyk
Charge Unprofessional Conduct
Date June 22, 2016
Time 9:30 a.m. 
Location

Varscona Hotel – Rutherford Room
8208 106 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

 

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 registering 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.

Media inquiries are to be directed to the Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca

Hearing notice: Evan King
May 5, 2016
Hearing status                Decision pending
Registrant Evan King
Charge Unprofessional Conduct
Date June 22, 2016
Time 9:30 a.m. 
Location

Varscona Hotel – Rutherford Room
8208 106 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

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 registering 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.

Media inquiries are to be directed to Shirley Nowicki, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca

Hearing notice: Kathryn Kieser
May 5, 2016
Hearing status         Decision pending
Registrant Kathryn Keiser
Charge Unprofessional conduct 
Date June 22, 2016
Time 9:30 a.m.
Location

Varscona Hotel – Rutherford Room
8208 106 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

 

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-registering 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.

Media inquiries are to be directed to Shirley Nowicki, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca

Pharmacy services for displaced Fort McMurray residents
May 4, 2016

Along with all Albertans, the Alberta College of Pharmacists extends its deepest sorrow to all residents of Fort McMurray for their great loss during this extremely devastating, difficult and emotional time.   Your bravery and courage under these formidable circumstances is beyond what most of us can ever understand.

In this stage of crises, many individuals may require pharmacy services to ensure their drug therapy is continued.  The college has provided guidance and direction to all community pharmacies across Alberta to assist in providing pharmacy services to displaced individuals requiring drug therapy.

If you require support or assistance from a pharmacist, please visit any local community pharmacy.

In the event that individuals may require narcotics, or controlled drugs containing opiates or benzodiazepines, the college urges you to consult with a physician.

Please know that your health and wellbeing is our top priority and that pharmacy teams across the province are concerned and ready to help you.  Contact us at: communications@pharmacists.ab.ca should you need assistance finding a pharmacist. 

We will continue to provide advice and direction to our pharmacists as events continue to unfold.

April 2016 Health Product InfoWatch now available
May 2, 2016

The goal of the Health Product InfoWatch is to raise awareness and to provide clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals concerning marketed health products and their safety. In some cases, information is intended to stimulate reporting of similar adverse reactions.

Each publication includes a monthly recap of health product advisories and summary safety reviews, as well as a growing selection of new health product safety information.

 

Pharmacist online renewal now open!
April 25, 2016

April 25, 2016

Online renewal is now open for pharmacists and associate pharmacists! Renewal is due by May 31, 2016.


How to renew

  1. Submit your CCP requirements. Before you can complete your online renewal, you must ensure you have submitted your Continuing Competence Program (CCP) requirements via the CCP portal. The option to submit all requirements was not available until the online renewal was turned on, and is now available. 
  2. Renew permit online. Online annual permit renewal is available on our website at https://acp.alinityapp.com/webclient.
    • Log on using your username and password.
    • Select the Renewal tab and follow the directions. 

​Forgot your username and password? 

To log on to renew your permit online, you will need your username and password. Your username and password will be the same for all secure areas of the website including the CCP portal.

  1. Your username is your ACP registration number which is on your practice permit.
  2. ​If you have forgotten your password, use this link  to have a new password generated: https://acp.alinityapp.com/webclient/RequestCredentials.aspx?ScrollHeight=295&MPEID=MPERequestCredentials. Please note, passwords are case sensitive.
    • You will receive an email with your new password. As it is a computer-generated password, you may want to copy and paste your new password the first time you log on.
    • Once your new password has been issued, use this link (https://acp.alinityapp.com/webclient) and your newly-issued password to sign in.
    • Choose the "change password" button directly under your name to change your password. 

Fees

Clinical pharmacist: $842.10 ($802 plus $42.10 GST)

Associate register: $244.65 ($233 plus $11.65 GST)

Non-compliance fee: $86.10 ($82 plus $4.10 GST)
This fee will be assessed to any clinical pharmacist whose practice permit renewal remains outstanding after May 31 and up to June 30, 2016. This fee is in addition to the practice permit fee for clinical pharmacists. Clinical pharmacists whose renewals are outstanding as of June 30, 2016 will be suspended effective July 1, 2016 and will be required to pay a reinstatement fee of $280.35 ($267 plus $13.35 GST) in addition to the annual practice permit fee before regaining their statuses as clinical pharmacists.


Questions? Contact us

Reinstatement requests: 
statuschange@pharmacists.ab.ca

Questions/problems regarding renewal:
ACP Registration Department, registrationinfo@pharmacists.ab.ca

Questions/problems regarding CEUs, Implementation Records, audits, etc.:
ACP Competence Department, competence@pharmacists.ab.ca 

Telephone: 780-990-0321
Toll-free: 1-877-227-3838
Fax: 780-990-0328

March 2016 Health Product InfoWatch now available
April 1, 2016

The March 2016 issue of Health Product InfoWatch, published by the Marketed Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, is available. This newsletter is a monthly publication providing safety information on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and natural health products.

In this issue:

Hearing notice: Basel Alsaadi
March 22, 2016
Hearing status Adjourned
Registrant Basel Alsaadi
Charge Unprofessional conduct
Date July 18-20, 2017
Time TBD
Location

Varscona Hotel – Rutherford Room, 8208 106 Street NW, Edmonton, AB 

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 registering 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.

Media inquiries are to be directed to Shirley Nowicki, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca

Hearing notice: Saeed Sattari
March 22, 2016
Hearing status Scheduled
Registrant Saeed Sattari
Charge Unprofessional conduct
Date May 26, 2016
Time 9:30 AM
Location Alberta College of Pharmacists
1100-8215 112 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

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 registering 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.

Media inquiries are to be directed to Shirley Nowicki, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or communications@pharmacists.ab.ca

ACP office closed for Easter
March 16, 2016
Our office will be closed on Good Friday (March 25) and Easter Monday (March 28). We will reopen on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. 
Voting for council elections now open!
March 15, 2016

Voting officially opened on March 15 at 8:00 a.m. for a council position for a pharmacist in District 3 (Edmonton). All voting will be online at http://pharmacists.ab.ca/vote2016. Voting closes April 14 at 4:30 p.m. The elected member will serve a two year term, commencing July 1, 2016; ending June 30, 2018.

The candidates for District 3 (Edmonton) are:

  • Rick Hackman 
  • Mary Gunther

Congratulations to Stan Dyjur who was elected to council by acclamation in District 4 (Central Alberta).

 

February 2016 Health Product InfoWatch now available
March 4, 2016

The February 2016 issue of Health Product InfoWatch, published by the Marketed Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, is available. This newsletter is a monthly publication providing safety information on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and natural health products.

In this issue:

  • Monthly recap
  • New information:
    • Review article: Pseudoephedrine and ischemic colitis
    • Product confusion alert: Risk of eye injury with improper use of hydrogen peroxide-based contact lens solutions
    • Vaccine safety review: Report for April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015​
    • Product monograph updates: Piperacillin/Tazobactam for Injection and Piperacillin for Injection
Hearing Notice: Adel Agina
February 26, 2016

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 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

 

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 orhearings@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.
January 2016 Health Product InfoWatch now available
January 28, 2016

The January 2016 issue of Health Product InfoWatch, 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:

 
    Announcing the 2016 APEX Awards recipients
    January 21, 2016


    The Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA) and the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) are proud to announce this year’s APEX Awards recipients. These individuals champion excellence in their practice and provide exceptional patient care to Albertans. We applaud their efforts in advancing the pharmacy profession and are excited to celebrate them! 

    Your 2016 APEX Awards recipients are...

    Award of Excellence

    Serena Rix
    Pharmacist, Grey Nuns Community Hospital, Edmonton

    Friend of Pharmacy

    Dr. Sadia Shakil
    Physician, Horizon Family Practice, Edmonton

    W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Team

    Melissa Dechaine, Tara Grimstead, Lisa Tate, Lindsay Torok-Both and Andrea Pickett
    St. Albert and Sturgeon Primary Care Network, St. Albert

    M.J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction

    Val Langevin
    Pharmacist, Shopper's Drug Mart, Sylvan Lake

    Future of Pharmacy

    • Taryn Heck, Clinical Pharmacist, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Edmonton
    • Ashten Langevin, Pharmacist, Foothills Medical Centre Inpatient Pharmacy, Calgary
    • Robert (Graham) Anderson, Owner/Pharmacist, Sherwood Dispensaries and Homecare, Sherwood Park

    Watch for full profiles of all recipients in upcoming editions of The CapsuleRxPress, and aφnews. 

    For more information on the awards and categories, please visit our APEX Awards section. 

    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:

    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 
    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. 
    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. 
    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 
    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
    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.
    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.

    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:

    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.
    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:

    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).

    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.

    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:

     

    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
    Holiday office closure
    December 23, 2014

    Our office will be closed December 24, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. on January 2, 2015. Happy Holidays!

    Regional meeting - Vermilion
    December 17, 2014

    Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
    Location: Vermilion, AB - venue TBA (please check back)
    Time: 7:00-9:30 p.m.

    The meeting is open to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. 

    There is no fee to attend the meeting. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Pharmacists can record their attendance as non-accredited learning.

    Pre-registration is appreciated. If you plan to attend, please email sheena.mcnally@pharmacists.ab.ca.

    Meeting topics

    College president Brad Willsey and ACP staff will be travelling the province to:

    • Hear your thoughts about how pharmacy practice should evolve, and
    • Answer your questions and provide tips about the new Continuing Competence Program.

    To prepare

    We strongly recommend that you complete the Continuing Competence Program tutorial before attending. Doing so will help you put the presentation information in context and help ensure you get any clarification you need at the meeting.

    To prepare for the future of pharmacy conversation, ponder the following questions:

    • Are there new models of care or new ways of delivering pharmacy services that existing regulations do not accommodate? What is your vision for the future? What alternatives should ACP consider?
    • What training will you need to meet the changing needs of your patients, your community, and the health system (e.g., genomics, proteomics, assessment and diagnostic skills, mental health and addictions training)?
    • Is it necessary for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to be collocated to fulfil their respective professional responsibilities? Is it necessary for pharmacists to actually see the patient? If not, what key requirements and indicators should be used to measure compliance, patient safety, and the quality of care?
    • Is there an appropriate balance of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the workforce? What policies and strategies should ACP consider to accommodate pharmacy workforce needs in the future?

    Please also come prepared to discuss the current challenges and barriers you face in practice and the solutions you propose to help the professions overcome them.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Regional meeting feedback
    December 11, 2014

    ACP recently hosted meetings to discuss the new Competence Program and hear your ideas about future pharmacy practice. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians engaged in discussions about the future of pharmacy and provided us with valuable feedback:

    Thank you to all who attended. We look forward to continuing the conversation in 2015.
    Hearing notice (continuance): Colin Porozni
    November 18, 2014
    Hearing status Scheduled
    Registrant Colin Porozni
    Charge Unprofessional Conduct - continuance
    Date December 2, 2014
    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 and will only be accepted until November 27, 2014.
     
    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 Karen Mills, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or karen.mills@pharmacists.ab.ca
    Mandatory flu immunization for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians?
    November 14, 2014

    Alberta Health is currently deliberating a provincial policy, and CARNA recently announced their support for "employer policies of mandatory choice of influenza vaccination or wearing protective clothing for anyone working in health care." 

    What do you think - should pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who are providing direct patient care be required to be immunized or wear protective clothing?

    Please send your comments to executiveassistant@pharmacists.ab.ca by January 30, 2015.

    Notice of veterinarian suspension
    November 14, 2014

    The Practice Review Board of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) has suspended Dr. James Irwin, licence #1835, from veterinary practice effective November 12, 2014 until further notice.

    If an animal received a prescription written by Dr. Irwin before the suspension, or if there are refill orders on file, you must use your professional judgment as to the appropriateness of filling these prescriptions so as to not disrupt care that may be necessary, but keeping in mind that Dr. Irwin is no longer monitoring the animal.

    Hearing notice: Momtaz Ebied
    November 3, 2014
    Hearing status Scheduled
    Registrant Momtaz Ebied
    Charge Unprofessional Conduct
    Date December 11, 2014
    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 and will only be accepted until November 27, 2014.
     
    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 Karen Mills, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or karen.mills@pharmacists.ab.ca
    October 2014 Adverse Reaction newsletter now available
    October 30, 2014

    The October 2014 issue of the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter, published by the Marketed Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, is now available. This newsletter is a quarterly publication of adverse reaction information and provides regular feedback to health professionals on adverse reactions reported in Canada.

    In this issue:

    For a complete listing of previous issues, go to http://www.health.gc.ca/carn

    Online permit renewal now open for pharmacy technicians
    October 29, 2014

    How to renew

    1. Go to the ACP website (pharmacists.ab.ca). Select login (located at the top of the screen).
    2. Login using your username and password. Your username is your registration number. Your password is case sensitive.
    3. Once you have logged in, look to the top of the screen. You should see your name following the word “Welcome” and the text My Profile.
    4. Click on My Profile. You will need to login again, using the same username and password.
    5. Select the Renewal tab. Follow the tabs under Renewal for each step of the renewal process.

    Thinking of changing your status? Our online renewal includes a feature that allows pharmacy technicians to change their status to associate, retired, or cancelled technician.


    Application checklist

    Your application for status as Pharmacy Technician 2015 must include:

    • A valid email address
    • Declaration of compliance with professional liability insurance coverage
      • Minimum 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 from January 1 to December 31, 2015
    • The required fee payment

    CEUs are NOT required for renewal this year. Online logging of CEUs for technicians is not currently available.


    Fees

    Pharmacy technician: $491.40 ($468.00 plus $23.40 GST)

    Associate technician: $236.25 ($225.00 plus $11.25 GST)

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

    Non-compliance fee: $82.95 ($79.00 plus $3.95 GST)

    • The non-compliance fee will be assessed to any pharmacy technician whose practice permit renewal remains outstanding after November 30 and up to December 31, 2014. This fee is in addition to the practice permit fee for pharmacy technicians. 
    • Pharmacy technicians whose renewals are outstanding as of December 31, 2014 will be cancelled effective January 1, 2015 and will be required to pay a reinstatement fee of $270.90 ($258.00 plus $12.90 GST) in addition to the annual practice permit fee before regaining their statuses as pharmacy technicians.

    Questions? Contact us

    ACP registration department, registrationinfo@pharmacists.ab.ca
    Tel: 780-990-0321 TF: 1-877-227-3838 Fax: 780-990-0328
    ACP employment opportunities: professional practice administrator, registration administrator
    October 29, 2014

    Professional practice administrator

    Under the leadership of the professional practice director, the professional practice administrator supports and assists the director and the professional practice team. The administrator coordinates pharmacy assessments and assists the team to develop quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives.

    The administrator also supports and provides back up to the complaints resolution program.  In this role, the administrator is the first person of contact for incoming complaints or concerns. 

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


    Registration administrator (part-time)

    Under the leadership of the deputy registrar and the supervision of the registration manager, the registration administrator is responsible for supporting and assisting the college's registration and licensure program as well as the overall team. The registration administrator is the first person of contact for incoming questions/concerns from potential and existing registrants about the registration program, and from potential and existing proprietors and licensees about licensing pharmacies. The administrator communicates the college’s various registration and licensing policies and procedures and is responsible for resolving inquiries at first contact whenever possible.  

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

    Registration administrator (part-time)

    Invitation to comment on proposed bylaw amendment
    October 21, 2014

    ACP council is proposing amendments to its bylaws that:

    • Remove the requirement for an Annual General Meeting; and, instead
    • Invite alternate forms of engagement and more frequent opportunities to consider resolutions introduced by voting members.

    We are now seeking your review and comment on these changes. View the consultation document to review the proposed wording and to learn more about the rationale for these changes.

    All feedback is due at the ACP office by noon on Friday, January 30, 2015.

     

    To comment on the proposed amendments, please email, mail, or fax your comments to:

    Leslie Ainslie
    Executive Assistant to the Registrar
    Alberta College of Pharmacists
    1100-8215 112 Street NW
    Edmonton, AB   T6G 2C8
    leslie.ainslie@pharmacists.ab.ca (please use the subject “Bylaw amendments”)
    Fax: 780-990-0328

    ACP regional meeting information
    October 21, 2014

    We will be holding meetings in the following cities:

    Nov. 5 – Red Deer, Black Knight Inn (2929 50 Ave)
    Nov. 13 – Calgary, Hotel Blackfoot (5940 Blackfoot Trail SE)
    Nov. 27 – Lethbridge, Coast Lethbridge Hotel (526 Mayor Magrath Drive South)
    Dec. 2 –Edmonton, Chateau Nova Kingsway (159 Airport Rd NW)

    Meetings are open to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. 

    All meetings will be held from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

    There is no fee to attend the meeting. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Pharmacists can record their attendance as non-accredited learning.

    Pre-registration is appreciated. If you plan to attend, please email sheena.mcnally@pharmacists.ab.ca.

    Meeting topics

    College president Brad Willsey and ACP staff will be travelling the province to:

    • Hear your thoughts about how pharmacy practice should evolve, and
    • Answer your questions and provide tips about the new Continuing Competence Program.

    To prepare

    We strongly recommend that you complete the Continuing Competence Program tutorial before attending. Doing so will help you put the presentation information in context and help ensure you get any clarification you need at the meeting.

    To prepare for the future of pharmacy conversation, ponder the following questions:

    • Are there new models of care or new ways of delivering pharmacy services that existing regulations do not accommodate? What is your vision for the future? What alternatives should ACP consider?
    • What training will you need to meet the changing needs of your patients, your community, and the health system (e.g., genomics, proteomics, assessment and diagnostic skills, mental health and addictions training)?
    • Is it necessary for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to be collocated to fulfil their respective professional responsibilities? Is it necessary for pharmacists to actually see the patient? If not, what key requirements and indicators should be used to measure compliance, patient safety, and the quality of care?
    • Is there an appropriate balance of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the workforce? What policies and strategies should ACP consider to accommodate pharmacy workforce needs in the future?

    Please also come prepared to discuss the current challenges and barriers you face in practice due to legislation or standards and the solutions you propose to help the professions overcome them.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    FluMist® is now available to order
    October 20, 2014

    To ensure that FluMist® was delivered in a timely fashion, Alberta Health accepted the FluMist® Quadrivalent product. The Quadrivalent product has been brought in from the United States and will not include the Canadian product monograph or the DIN with the packaging (the DIN is 02426544).

    Product notes

    • The Quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (QLAIV) intranasal spray vaccine Flumist® (distributed in Canada by AstraZeneca) is a thimerosal-free product.
    • QLAIV is recommended for healthy children 9 – 17 years of age without any contraindication to live vaccines or to QLAIV.
    • When QLAIV is contraindicated, inactivated trivalent influenza vaccines should be considered.
    • Ideally, FluMist® should only be administered to adults (18 – 59 years of age) who refuse injectable influenza vaccine (i.e., are needle-phobic). 

     

    Hearing notice: Karen Nevett
    September 26, 2014
    Hearing status Postponed
    Registrant Karen Nevett
    Charge Unprofessional Conduct
    Date TBD
    Time TBD
    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 Karen Mills, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or karen.mills@pharmacists.ab.ca
    Consultation on hazardous product compounding now open
    September 3, 2014

    ACP is circulating national draft Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Hazardous Sterile Products for review and comment, in conjunction with NAPRA's national consultation. Comments are due to ACP by November 5.

    Note that these standards are quite similar in many areas to the draft Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-hazardous Sterile Products which are also being circulated for review and comment. To facilitate easier review, standards specifically dealing with hazardous product compounding have been highlighted in yellow.

    Please see the consultation invitation letter for details on how to participate. Submit all comments using the comment template

    TYPE II DRUG RECALL: Chlorhexidine Gluconate Solution BP (20%), Lots: 56407/A, 56407/B and 56407/C
    August 27, 2014

    The supplier of Medisca’s Chlorhexidine Gluconate Solution BP (20%), Lots: 56407/A, 56407/B and 56407/C has issued a recall due to the product being contaminated with the bacteria Serratia Marcescens.

    To date, Medisca has not received any adverse event reaction notifications from customers; however, as a precaution Medisca has determined that the situation warrants a recall. Medisca has classified this recall as a Type II, defined in Health Canada policy POL-0160 as “a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a product may cause temporary adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”

    See the recall notice for details and product return procedures. 

    New registration procedure for international pharmacy graduates
    August 22, 2014

    As of August 20, 2014, all international pharmacy graduates (IPGs) who wish to obtain a licence to practice pharmacy in Alberta will follow a new procedure.* The term IPGs refers to pharmacists who have obtained their pharmacy education outside of Canada.

    As one of Canada’s pharmacy regulatory authorities (PRAs), we have entrusted our national association, the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), to develop a new, national approach to facilitate the licensure process for IPGs and to eliminate duplication.

    This new program – the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada – will now be the first point of access rather than the PRA.  To help IPGs navigate the licensure process and facilitate their preparation for licensure in Canada, the Gateway provides a website with key information online and through telephone support and features two self-assessment tools which assist IPGs to make an informed decision before starting the process to become licensed as a pharmacist in Canada.  For IPGs wishing to practise in Canada, the process of obtaining a licence begins with enrolment in the Gateway.

    *This does not apply to IPGs who initiated the licensure process with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada or a pharmacy regulatory authority before August 20, 2014.  See our Registration & Licensure section for more registration information. 

     

    Consultation on non-hazardous compounding standards now open
    August 5, 2014

    ACP is circulating national draft Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-hazardous Sterile Products for review and comment. Concurrent with ACP’s consultation, NAPRA is consulting nationally. ACP’s consultation period extends until October 5, 2014; comments received before September 5 will inform ACP’s submission to NAPRA’s national consultation.

    Please see the consultation invitation letter for details on how to participate. Submit all comments using the comment template

    Podiatric physicians added to TPP program
    August 1, 2014

    Podiatric physicians (also referred to as podiatrists) were added to Alberta’s TPP program in January 2013. [ACP was just notified on July 29; we apologize for not notifying pharmacists sooner.] 

    Podiatric physicians may prescribe:

    • Narcotic drugs within the practice of podiatry. However, according to the New Classes of Practitioners Regulations, podiatric physicians CANNOT prescribe methadone or buprenorphine.
    • Controlled substances within the practice of podiatry. However, according to the New Classes of Practitioners Regulations, podiatric physicians CANNOT prescribe anabolic steroids or “designated drugs” as defined in subsection G.04.001(1) of the Food and Drug Regulations (e.g., amphetamine, methamphetamine).
    • Benzodiazepines and targeted substances within the practice of podiatry.
    • Drugs on the Prescription Drug List within the practice of podiatry.

    All authorized TPP medications prescribed by podiatrists must be written on TPP pads in accordance with the program.

     

    Resources

    New Classes of Practitioners Regulations

    Podiatrists Profession Regulation

    TPP medication list

    Notice of veterinarian suspension
    August 1, 2014
    As a result of a order hearing tribunal order dated July 29, 2014, Dr. Iliya Belosevic, licence #1666, is suspended from the practice of veterinary medicine for six months, beginning August 1, 2014. As part of the suspension, Dr. Belosevic is no longer authorized to purchase, sell or dispense pharmaceuticals.
     
    If an animal received a prescription written by Dr. Belosevic before the suspension, or if there are refill orders on file, you must use your professional judgment as to the appropriateness of filling these prescriptions so as to not disrupt care that may be necessary, but keeping in mind that Dr. Belosevic is no longer monitoring the animal.
    July 2014 Adverse Reaction Newsletter now available
    July 31, 2014

    The July 2014 issue of the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter, published by the Marketed Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, is now available. This newsletter is a quarterly publication of adverse reaction information and provides regular feedback to health professionals on adverse reactions reported in Canada.

    In this issue:

    For a complete listing of previous issues, go to http://www.health.gc.ca/carn

    Hearing rescheduled: Serena Westad
    July 18, 2014
    Hearing status Scheduled
    Registrant Serena Westad
    Charge Unprofessional Conduct
    Date October 14, 2014
    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 and will only be accepted until September 30, 2014.
     
    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 Karen Mills, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or karen.mills@pharmacists.ab.ca
    ACP employment opportunity: accountant
    July 8, 2014

    Reporting to the Operation and Finance Director, the accountant is responsible for the college's accounting function and for assisting the records management area and the overall team.

    The accountant will maintain up- to-date knowledge of accounting principles and requirements and will incorporate those into policy and procedures to ensure fiscal responsibility and achieve a successful annual external audit.

    More information and application details

    Hearing notice: Serena Westad
    June 25, 2014
    Hearing status Scheduled
    Registrant Serena Westad
    Charge Unprofessional Conduct
    Date July 22 and 23, 2014
    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 and will only be accepted until July 8, 2014.
     
    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 Karen Mills, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or karen.mills@pharmacists.ab.ca
    Hearing notice: Colin Porozni
    June 12, 2014
    Hearing status Scheduled
    Registrant Colin Porozni
    Charge Unprofessional Conduct and Misconduct
    Date September 10 and 11, 2014
    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 and will only be accepted until August 27, 2014.
     
    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 Karen Mills, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or karen.mills@pharmacists.ab.ca
    Council meeting June 12
    June 9, 2014

    June 12, 2014
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Jasper Room, Hotel MacDonald
    Edmonton, 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.

    ACP employment opportunity: Administrator
    June 6, 2014

    Reporting to the deputy registrar, the administrator is responsible for supporting and assisting the quality practice team and the complaints director as well as other members of the team as required.

    The administrator will support various programs during periods of high work volume or employee absences. This includes but is not limited to the complaints resolution, registration, competence, professional practice, practice development, and records management programs.

    A significant portion of the administrator’s time will be dedicated to supporting the complaints resolution program. In this role, the administrator is the first person of contact for incoming complaints or concerns and is responsible for educating the complainant about the college's complaint resolution process and for resolving information requests at first contact whenever possible.

    More information and application details

    Inducement prohibition stay granted
    June 4, 2014

    Sobeys, operating as Safeway and Sobeys in Alberta, applied to the Court of Queen’s Bench for a judicial review of the prohibition on inducements. The judicial review is currently scheduled to be heard by the Court in January 2015.

    The prohibition on inducements was to come into effect on June 10, 2014. Sobeys applied to the Court for a stay on the prohibition on inducements until the judicial review can be heard by the Court. The application for the stay was heard on May 23, 2014. On June 4, 2014, the judge made his ruling and has granted the stay until Sobeys’ application for judicial review can be heard.

    Therefore, in accordance with the direction of the court, the amendments prohibiting inducements on the condition that a patient obtain a drug product or professional service will not go into effect on June 10, 2014. Those amendments are stayed until the Court hears arguments about and decides Sobeys’ application for judicial review.

    When amending our Standards and Code of Ethics, our council made a carefully considered decision acting within its authority and responsibilities. When Sobeys’ application for judicial review comes before Court, the college will defend the amendments to the Code of Ethics and Standards that prohibit inducements conditional on a patient obtaining a drug product or professional service from a regulated member or licensed pharmacy.

    To learn more about the prohibition and the reasons for it, please see the FAQs, amended standards, and background paper on our website.

    We will keep registrants informed of developments concerning this matter.

    2014 annual general meeting registration information
    May 22, 2014

    Attending the meeting in person

    ACP has reserved space at the Hotel MacDonald to accommodate a limited number of individuals, based on previous attendance numbers. Voting members will be given priority for the limited number of seats available at the event. To register, please contact Leslie Ainslie at executiveassistant@pharmacists.ab.ca or call 780-990-0321.


    Attending the meeting online

    ACP will offer a webcast of the annual general meeting, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11. You must register in advance to view the webcast. Register online now for the AGM.

    Registration will be open until noon on Friday, June 6.


    Hearing notice: Sonia Chahal
    May 21, 2014
    Hearing status Scheduled
    Registrant Sonia Chahal
    Charge Unprofessional Conduct
    Date June 19, 2014
    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 and will only be accepted until June 5, 2014.
     
    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 Karen Mills, Communications Director, at 780-990-0321 or karen.mills@pharmacists.ab.ca
    April 2014 Adverse Reaction newsletter now online
    April 26, 2014
    The April 2014 issue of the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter published by the Marketed Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch is now available. This newsletter provides regular feedback to health professionals on adverse reactions reported in Canada.
     

    In this issue:

    For a complete listing, please go to http://www.health.gc.ca/carn.

    Pharmacist online renewal now open
    April 17, 2014

    It’s renewal time for pharmacists and pharmacies!

    Pharmacist practice permit renewals are due by May 31, 2014.

    ACP emailed renewal notices to all pharmacists on April 17, 2014. If you have misplaced that message, here are the instructions for renewal: 

    1. Go to the ACP website (pharmacists.ab.ca)
    2. Click on Registrant profile login.
    3. Log on and select the Renewal tab. Follow the tabs under Renewal for each step of the renewal process.

    See the tip sheet for helpful hints.

    If your employer is paying your fees, you are still responsible for ensuring ACP receives payment before May 31. Your practice permit will not be issued until ACP receives payment and you cannot practice without a valid permit.


    Questions? Contact us

    Pharmacist reinstatement requests: statuschange@pharmacists.ab.ca
    Pharmacist renewal questions: registrationinfo@pharmacists.ab.ca
    CEU, CPD log, audit questions: competenceinfo@pharmacists.ab.ca
    Tel: 780-990-0321
    Toll-free: 1-877-227-3838
    Fax: 780-990-0328
    ACP employment opportunity: records management coordinator
    April 15, 2014
    Reporting to the Operations and Finance Director, the Records Management Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the college’s records and information management systems as well as developing and implementing records management policies and procedures. This includes both physical and electronic records.
     

    The Records Management Coordinator is a resource to employees of the college and will educate, guide and empower them to adhere to corporately approved records and information management policies and procedures.

    Visit our careers section to learn more about this position

    Council meeting April 9 and 10
    April 1, 2014
    Centennial Room, Westin Hotel
    Edmonton, 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.
    Congratulations APEX Award winners!
    March 19, 2014

    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).


    M.J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction –
    Rita Bowron
    Safeway Pharmacy #285, Calgary

    W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Team Award –
    Safeway Pharmacy, Airdrie
    Chris Borys, manager

    Award of Excellence –
    Jeff Schlotter
    Rexall Specialty Pharmacy, Edmonton

    Friend of Pharmacy –
    Dr. Andrew Cave
    Family physician and professor, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, U of A; Edmonton

    Future of Pharmacy –
    Ashley Davidson
    Associate Owner/Pharmacist, Shoppers Drug Mart #323; St. Albert

    Tim Leung
    Pharmacist, University of Alberta Hospital; Edmonton

    Ashley Young
    Pharmacist, Pharmacare Specialty Pharmacy; Edmonton

    Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia –
    Don Makowichuk
    LifeMed Pharmacies, Edmonton


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

    Resolutions for AGM due April 11
    March 19, 2014

    Registrants may propose resolutions for consideration at ACP’s annual general meeting (June 11 this year). All resolutions carried at the AGM are then considered by council. Resolutions are a way ACP registrants can contribute to the discussions of council.

    Resolutions should relate to ACP’s mandated responsibilities: public safety, effective pharmacy practice, and health policy. See the resolution guidelines and examples of past resolutions.

    Resolutions proposed for this year’s AGM must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on April 11, 2014.

    Submit your resolution in writing, accompanied by the signatures of 10 voting registrants 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

    Call for committee members
    March 19, 2014
    ACP is compiling a roster of candidates interested in participating on ACP committees and working groups. We are looking for individuals wanting to be involved with one of the following areas:
    • Registration and entry to practice
    • Competence and Continuing Education
    • Quality pharmacist practice, including standards of practice and pharmacist performance
    • Complaints Resolution, including Hearing Tribunals

    Interested?

    Please submit the ACP Committee Candidate Biographical Sketch Form by April 30, 2014 to:

    executiveassistant@pharmacists.ab.ca
    Fax: 780-990-0328

    On your submission, please indicate which area you are interested in participating in. If you select more than one area, please identify your choices in order of preference.

    Time commitment will depend on the type and purpose of the group.

    Voting instructions - council election opens March 14
    March 13, 2014
    Voting opens at 8 a.m. on March 14 for council positions in District 4 (central Alberta), District 5 (Calgary), and for an elected pharmacy technician in southern Alberta.

    All voting is online, at http://pharmacists.ab.ca/vote2014.

    Voting will close April 10 at 4:30 p.m.
     
    A biographical sketch of each candidate is posted on the election site. All candidates will also have the opportunity to have ACP send two emails on their behalf to voters in their district. Watch your inbox for those messages. 
     
    Eligible members in election districts will receive voting instructions by email at the email address they have registered with ACP.
     
    Congratulations to Clayton Braun who was awarded his second term in District 2 (southern Alberta) by acclamation.
    Summer student employment opportunity: program research assistant
    February 14, 2014
    The Alberta College of Pharmacists is seeking a program research assistant for a full-time (37.5 hr/week) temporary position during the summer of 2014.
     
    Reporting to the Professional Practice Director, the student will help review, update and develop documents and programs to assist pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in learning and working with the legislation, Code of Ethics and standards that apply to their practices.
     
    For more information and to apply, please see the complete employment posting.
    Call for nominations - council elections
    January 30, 2014

    ACP will be holding council elections for four positions this spring:

    • District 2 (Southern Alberta)  
    • District 4 (Central Alberta)
    • District 5 (Calgary)
    • Pharmacy Technician (District B, Southern 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 practice;
    • have demonstrated leadership skills; and
    • are able to commit 12 to 15 days per year over a three-year term.

    Nominations must arrive at the college office by 4:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 28, 2014.

    Resources

     

    Schedule change for bisacodyl 5 mg tablets and 10 mg suppositories
    January 24, 2014

    Effective January 21, 2014:

    • Bisacodyl - when sold in concentrations of 5 mg or less per oral dosage unit or 10 mg or less per rectal dosage unit/suppository, in package sizes containing no more than 50 mg of bisacodyl -  Unscheduled status (from Schedule III)
       
    • Bisacodyl and its salts [except when sold in concentrations of 5 mg or less per oral dosage unit or 10 mg or less per rectal dosage unit/suppository in package sizes containing no more than 50 mg of bisacodyl]  - remains in Schedule III