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.
Patients benefit when pharmacists work together. Increased pharmacist collaboration results in improved patient health outcomes, patient satisfaction and patient trust in their healthcare team. Lack of collaboration results in patient frustration, confusion and sub-optimal outcomes.
The scope of nurse practitioners (NP) was recently expanded to include prescribing opioid agonist treatment (OAT) drugs. This change is part of province-wide efforts to address the opioid overdose crisis and builds on NPs’ existing authority to prescribe controlled drugs and substances.
One of the key changes in the amendments to the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act involves shifting responsibilities from the pharmacy manager to the direct owner for renewing a pharmacy licence.
In British Columbia, the Employment Standards Act (the Act) sets minimum standards for wages and working conditions in most workplaces. The Act applies to all non-union employees under provincial jurisdiction except those who are excluded by regulation.
PharmaNet, which is administered by the Ministry of Health, is a secure province-wide network that links all British Columbia pharmacies to a central data system. All prescriptions dispensed at community pharmacies in BC are entered into PharmaNet.
Key changes in the amendments to the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act include shifting the responsibilities of applying for a new pharmacy licence, renewing a pharmacy licence, and submitting changes of pharmacy licensure information from the manager to the direct owner.
Under the amendments to the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act, Authorized Representatives are individuals who are permitted to represent the pharmacy’s direct owner in the collection and submission of any and all information required to complete both the pharmacy licence application and renewal processes through the College’s eServices site.
Health Canada and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada are seeking input from healthcare providers, consumers, and other interested and affected stakeholders on different approaches to the naming of biologic drugs, including biosimilars, in Canada.
Annually, our students recognize and nominate exemplary practice educators for the Pharmacy Practice Educator of the Year Award. Students are able to voluntarily submit their nominations for those practice educators they feel have gone above and beyond for them, inspiring those around them with their engagement and passion for the pharmacy profession.