Publication Type: Newsletters

Canadian Pharmacists Association – Tips sheet for pediatric vaccinations in pharmacies – December 16

The Canadian Pharmacists Association is highlighting a resource for pharmacists looking to improve the vaccination experience in pharmacy for their teams and the kids and parents heading in.

The tips sheet {LINK} outlines actions pharmacy teams can take in advance, how to best arrange the space allocated for vaccination and ideal behaviours to exhibit during the vaccination process itself.

For complete College Update from December 16, click here {LINK}

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Prescribers no longer practising – December 16

Managing patient needs when their prescriber is no longer available (because of retirement, suspension or other factors that prevent them from fulfilling their duties) raises concerns regarding the validity of prescriptions. In particular, are prescriptions written for narcotic and controlled substances. 

  • If a patient is left without any refills, pharmacists may assess and prescribe when appropriate, or refer the patient to an appropriate health-care professional when needed.  
  • Part-fills or refills remaining on prescriptions are valid. 
  • Prescriptions for narcotic and controlled substances should be reviewed and decisions made on a case-by-case basis. 

Pharmacists are authorized, under the Section 56 exemption, to prescribe controlled medications in certain circumstances. This is a tool pharmacists have available to meet the short-term needs of these patients, who will be required to eventually find a longer-term solution. 

Pharmacists should look to the Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and legislation, and use the tools at their disposal to best meet the needs of patients impacted by these situations.

For a complete College Update from December 16, click here {LINK

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