As the COVID-19 global health pandemic continues to impact nearly every aspect of peoples’ professional and personal lives, health professionals are likely aware of online and social media-driven conversations about the use of anti-malarial, antibiotic and antiviral therapies to treat COVID-19 patients.
There has been various conflicting reports and information about ibuprofen and its effect on people suffering from COVID-19 symptoms. Early reports indicated NSAID drugs could worsen the effects of the virus.
Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry has issued an order providing criteria and guidance for exempting essential workers from the self-isolation requirements for people who have travelled outside of Canada and returned on or after March 12, 2020.
The order provides self-isolation guidance for essential workers who provide services that are considered critical to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal functioning and who have been determined by the leadership of their organization to be critical for delivery these essential services.
On March 16, 2020, in a joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, Minister of Health, Adrian Dix and B.C. Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that patients will be able to obtain refills of their regular prescriptions at pharmacies in an effort to avoid non-essential physician visits and free doctors to treat COVID-19 cases.
Amendments to Professional Practice Policy 68 – Cold Chain Management of Biologicals (PPP-68), including broadening its scope and renaming it PPP-68 – Cold Chain Management, were approved by the College Board at its February 2020 meeting, and are now in effect
On November 27, 2019, the Honourable Adrian Dix, minister of health, announced proposed changes to the regulation of BC’s health professions, with a focus on increasing transparency and patient safety.
Once their pharmacy has been confirmed for a review, one of the pharmacy managers’ key functions is to schedule their registrant staff for their individual Pharmacy Professionals Reviews. In order to help pharmacy managers streamline the scheduling process, we’ve compiled the following list of frequently asked questions and answers.
Far too many patients carry an inaccurate label of beta-lactam allergy. These individual consequently receive alternative antibiotics, often with too broad a spectrum, a higher risk of adverse events, an increased chance of selecting for resistance, and greater cost.
The population of Canadians who openly identify as part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community is on the rise. According to the Province of British Columbia, 1 in 5 BC teenagers identify as something other than heterosexual. However, 2SLGBTQ+ peoples still experience significant barriers with regards to health care access. In light of this, the health care community has been seeking to standardize inclusive policies and practices.
This year UBC’s Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development (CPPD) celebrates its 31st annual Update Conference.
This CPPD Conference will allow pharmacy professionals and all health care providers to enhance and update their knowledge and skills. In doing so, attendees will be able to improve patient care, medication management, and public safety.
During hospital Pharmacy Practice Reviews, Compliance Officers have observed registrants processing medication orders prior to ensuring that the patient profile was up-to-date. As pharmacists rely on the information in the patient record to assess the appropriateness and safety of medications, maintaining an up-to-date and accurate patient profile is critical for the safe delivery of drug therapy.