On November 1, 2018, new reporting requirements for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) came into effect. The new federal regulations and provincial standards identified the reporting requirements for pharmacists, physicians, and nurse practitioners.
The College would like to remind pharmacies and pharmacy professionals involved in sterile compounding that the second phase of the Model Standards for Pharmacy Sterile Compounding should be completed by May 2019.
Compliance packs, more commonly known as “Blister Packs”, are a useful tool to increase medication adherence in patients experiencing difficulties with medication management.
However, due to the often-complex nature of the medication regimens; the potential for frequent therapy changes; and the multi-step process required for dispensing in compliance packs, they also introduce increased risks for errors to occur. Registrants need to be aware of these increased risks, and how to prevent errors from occurring for medications dispensed in this manner.
Since the introduction of the new ownership requirements under the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act (PODSA), the College has been collecting information about Direct Owners and Indirect Owners (directors, officers and shareholders) as part of the annual pharmacy license renewal process.
Up until this point, information about trustees has not been collected, as trustees were not initially considered to be indirect owners and, as such, were not subject to the ownership requirements under PODSA.
With the holidays approaching and many pharmacies adopting shortened holiday hours, it is important for pharmacists to ensure that they are able to accommodate the dosing schedules of patients receiving Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT).
There is currently a limited supply of Metadol-D®. At this time only patients that have already been approved through the special authority request process are able to continue on this medication due to limited supply.
At the November 2018 meeting, the College Board directed the Registrar to explore implementation of mandatory medication error reporting to an independent third party. Learn more about this valuable process and how it fits into the College's Continuous Quality Improvement Program.
Many pharmacy employers will employ UBC pharmacy graduates shortly after completing their pharmacy program, but before they have become Full Pharmacists. The College would like to remind students and employers that pursuant to section 46(1)(a) and Schedule C of the HPA Bylaws, a person must be enrolled as a student in a recognized pharmacy education program in order to be eligible for Student Pharmacist registration.