In BC, pharmacists are able to provide therapeutic substitutions to help ensure patients receive safe and effective care (following the requirements under Professional Practice Policy-58: Medication Management (Adapting a Prescription).
Submitting your pharmacy licence renewal requirements under the new pharmacy ownership requirements is not a challenging process. However, it is crucial that you submit the correct documents so as to avoid significant delays in the processing of your renewal application.
Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that typically affects the lungs and is spread from person to person through the air by droplets expelled when coughing or sneezing. This disease poses a global public health threat.1 In 2016, about 10 million people fell ill with TB and about 1.7 million died worldwide from the disease.2 Despite efforts to eliminate this disease, TB is now the leading infectious disease killer globally and the leading killer of people living with HIV.3
Approximately 96% of community pharmacies in BC are owned by corporations. To bring these pharmacies into compliance with the new pharmacy ownership requirements, pharmacies whose direct owners are corporations will need to submit additional information as part of the pharmacy licence renewal process during the transition period.
As part of the Government of Canada’s response to the opioid crisis, Health Canada removed the requirement for an exemption under section 56(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to prescribe or administer methadone.
The change came into effect on May 19, 2018 and is intended to increase access to opioid agonist treatment.
June is almost over, which means that the What Matters To You Campaign put on by the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council is almost over. But that doesn’t mean that health care professionals should stop working with the patients they serve to improve the standard level of care provided in BC and Canada as a whole.
Like any business, physical or operational changes to a pharmacy may be needed from time to time in order to meet the needs of the patients it serves. These changes must be reported to the College in accordance with the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act (PODSA), the Pharmacy Operations General Regulation, and the College’s bylaws.
I read Bob Nakagawa’s recent post commenting on change in our profession and how our job description has changed over the years. As one of the pharmacy graduates from the class of ‘86, I also remember making powders in the dispensing lab.