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New edition of Flu Monitor

July 28, 2009

Rx Canada has contracted with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to provide an emergency data monitoring and reporting system to identify viral outbreaks, track their progression, and monitor national drug supplies.

Flu Mon...

Veterinary update

July 28, 2009

Dr. William Lindeman is no longer registered with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association as an Active Member. Therefore, he is not licensed to practice in Alberta and is not entitled to purchase pharmaceuticals.

The Devon Veterinary Clinic closed, effective June 30, 2009.

Originally published in the July 28, 2009, issue of The Link


Electronic smoking products not authorized for sale in Canada

July 28, 2009

Electronic smoking products fall within the scope of the Food and Drugs Act. All of these products require market authorization prior to being imported, advertised or sold in Canada. To date, no electronic smoking product has been authorized for sale by...

Registration deadline looming for Lab Values course

July 28, 2009

Practice Development’s new course, Practice Skills: Monitoring drug therapy using laboratory values, is ideal for pharmacists who wish to integrate laboratory values in the management of patients’ medication therapy. The registration deadline is Aug. 14, 2009.


Pharmacists request authority to order lab tests

July 28, 2009

Although pharmacists are trained to use lab data to monitor and determine appropriate drug therapy, their timely access to lab data has been limited. Netcare PORTAL allows pharmacists to read existing lab data, but still does not adequately support them actively managing drug therapy.


Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

July 28, 2009

That’s what the TV show audience wants to know. And so does ACP!

The college is looking for volunteers to help develop two new competence assessment tools – a knowledge assessment and a professional portfolio.


At this time we are looking for volunteers to write the pilot version of the knowledge as...

She renewed online and won!

July 14, 2009

Congratulations to Orsolya Moldovan, the winner of ACP’s 2009 online registration contest. Orsolya, manager of Safeway Pharmacy #2730 in Calgary, renewed online and won the value of her 2009-10 registration fee.

Originally published in the July 14, 2009, issue of The Link

New course on Lab Values - Practice Development

July 14, 2009

A new course called Practice Skills: Monitoring drug therapy using laboratory values is ideal for pharmacists who wish to integrate laboratory values in the management of their patients’ medication therapy. It is based on a previous course, Interpreting Laboratory Values, offered fr...

Discovered double-doctoring? What's your next step?

July 14, 2009

Recently, the college has received a number of phone calls from pharmacists who have discovered patients who are double-doctoring and visiting multiple pharmacies for prescriptions such as zopiclone 7.5mg.

As a reminder, the HPA Standards for Pharmacist Practice state:...

Change to injection authorization requirements

July 14, 2009

Pharmacists seeking authorization to administer drugs by injection must apply to the Alberta College of Pharmacists within one year of successful completion of an approved training program.

If more than one year elapses between completion of the training program and applica...

Approval needed if storing records off-site

July 14, 2009

Amendments to the Pharmacy and Drug Regulation brought about a new record keeping requirement for all pharmacies.

Section 12(3):

Required records must be maintained at the pharmacy unless the licensee has applied to the registrar in writing to store them at a location other than the p...

Scheduling of naproxen sodium products

July 14, 2009

The National Drug Scheduling Advisory Committee (NDSAC) made the following decision on the scheduling of naproxen sodium products.

Naproxen sodium 220 mg  Schedule