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What information must be posted within a pharmacy?

February 19, 2013
A pharmacy must display, in a conspicuous public part of the pharmacy:
  • its licence,
  • the Patient Concerns poster , and
  • the Code of Ethics poster.
  • Hard copies of the Code of Ethics and Concerns posters are available at no cost from ACP....

Offsite record storage—what are the rules again?

February 19, 2013

Pharmacy records must be maintained at the pharmacy unless the licensee has received permission from the registrar to store them at another location. (Reference: Section 12(3) of the Pharmacy and Drug Regulation)

What changes must registrants notify ACP about?

February 19, 2013

You must notify ACP when there is a change to your:

a) home address
b) email address
c) name(s)
d) degrees, certificates, diplomas and other qualifications (pharmacy-related)
e) employer name or place of business

(Reference: Section 41(1) of the Ph...

May a pharmacist fill a prescription from out of province?

February 19, 2013

If the prescriber is authorized to write the prescription in their province of employment, then a pharmacist may fill it. Which medications various health professionals are permitted to prescribe varies by province. To confirm prescription validity, check with the prescriber’s c...

When is an electronic signature acceptable?

February 19, 2013

Never, at the moment. ACP, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, and Alberta Health continue to work together to find secure e-prescribing solutions. However, until requirements for securing patient confidentiality, verifying authenticity, and preventing diversion are defined, e-prescribing is no...

Welcome Class of 2016

February 5, 2013

An excited buzz and smiles almost as bright as the students’ new dispensing jackets filled the Myer Horowitz Theatre on Jan. 17. See for yourself in the event photo gallery.

ACP was proud to welcome the students to the profession with our White Coat Ceremony co-hosts: the Faculty, RxA, and CSHP-AB.

Where can you look for PD opportunities?

February 5, 2013
Check the Events section of the ACP website for up-to-date listings of professional development courses and events. Are you hosting an event? Let us know so we can post it and help you get the word out.

Council meeting Feb. 13

February 5, 2013

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Westin Hotel, Edmonton
View the agenda

Council business meetings are open, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, please call Leslie Ainslie at 780-990-0321, 1-877-227-3838 or email Due to seating limitations, priority will be given to college regist...

Bugs & Drugs recommendations have changed. Have you?

February 5, 2013

Many physicians are changing their prescribing habits according to Bugs & Drugs 2012 recommendations (for example, new dosing for amoxicillin in treating acute otitis media and sinusitis). However, pharmacists not up to speed with the new recommendations have been questio...

If you deliver, you must record

February 5, 2013

Pharmacies that deliver drugs to patients must keep records of these deliveries.

Standard 8 of the Standards for the Operation of Licensed Pharmacies specifies that:

8.1 The licensee must ensure that there is an effective system for the creation, maintenance, secure storage and availability for retrieval of all requ...

Can staff in a doctor's office phone in prescriptions?

February 5, 2013

The document Ensuring Safe & Efficient Communication of Medication Prescriptions in Community and Ambulatory Settings has the answer to this question.

Here’s a summary: The use of an intermediary to communicate verbal prescriptions between a prescriber and a pharmacist...