Pharmacists across British Columbia will have an important role to play in improving the care and safety of their patients as First Nations Health Authority patients become BC PharmaCare beneficiaries on October 1, 2017.
Each year, the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Agent of Change Award recognizes one outstanding member of the Pharm Sci alumni family for their remarkable achievements in a clinical, community, education, or research field.
The practice of pharmacy is in a constant state of flux. From changes in healthcare legislation, to new practices, knowledge and research, pharmacy practice is always advancing at a rapid pace. And as professionals, we have to keep up!
Are you a pharmacist or technician with cancer patients in your general practice? Are you a new practitioner or pharmacy student? Are you interested in foundational oncology education? If you answered yes to any of these questions, plan to attend the CAPhO Oncology Fundamentals Day (OFD17), taking place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 as a full day online learning event.
Providing a systematic approach to medication counselling along with providing clear, written instructions by way of a medication chart and using the teach-back method can help and prevent unnecessary re-admissions or preventable harm from medication errors.
Are you a pharmacist who wants to learn how to think critically about the scientific evidence behind what we should or should not be doing with prescription drugs for conditions like Type 2 Diabetes, COPD, common infections, and dementia? Do you want to enhance your medication reviews by synthesizing best evidence with the values and long term interests of patients?
In April 2017, the College Board approved a four-year recommended implementation plan to adopt the new model standards for pharmacy compounding recently released by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA): Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-hazardous Sterile Preparations, and Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Hazardous Sterile Preparations.
Clozapine is a used to treat severe schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. While it is an effective antipsychotic, patients using clozapine have a small but significant risk of developing agranulocytosis (severe lack of white-blood cells).
Pharmacy education in British Columbia and Canada continues to advance with the profession. Over the past several decades many pharmacists have earned the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree through UBC’s Graduate PharmD Program, or other full-time or part-time programs in the US or other provinces. Learn more about the most recent addition to pharmacy education in BC: UBC’s recently approved Flexible Doctor of Pharmacy (Flex PharmD) degree program
At its June 2017 meeting, the College Board approved the modification of the Pharmacy Professionals Review Focus Areas for Pharmacy Technicians in community practice to make them more applicable to their scope of practice.
The new focus areas are now aligned with those for pharmacy technicians in hospital practice.
Responding to an opioidoverdose emergency is a stressful experience. The individual overdosing may be a friend, colleague, or family member. We know in stressful circumstances, it’s hard to remember what you need to do and in what order. Strong, clear, and consistent training is essential to ensure that the person responding to an opioid overdose can provide the best care and get the best outcome.
On April 21, 2017, new minimum requirements to enhance the security of community pharmacies in BC were brought into effect. These measures are important to prevent pharmacy robberies and break and enters, and better protect personal health information.