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New registration procedure for international pharmacy graduates

August 22, 2014

As of August 20, 2014, all international pharmacy graduates (IPGs) who wish to obtain a licence to practice pharmacy in Alberta will follow a new procedure.* The term IPGs refers to pharmacists who have obtained their pharmacy education outside...

Vitamin B12: injectable or oral administration?

August 19, 2014
For many people with Vitamin B12 deficiency, treatment with high-dose oral administration of Vitamin B12 (1000 – 2000 mcg per day) is as effective as injectable administration. Learn what you should consider before dispensing Vitamin B12 in this AHS Drugs & Therapeutics Backgrounder...

Use restricted pharmacy titles with care

August 19, 2014

Restricted titles, set out in Section 15 of the Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Profession Regulation, indicate that individuals have specific levels of education, skill, and role definitions. Use of the titles by unqualified individuals misleads colleagues and the public, and diminishes the work done by those...

Influenza Immunization Policy 2014-2015 online

August 19, 2014

Alberta Health’s Influenza Immunization Policy 2014-2015 is now available. 

Participants must:

  • Read the full policy and AHS Agreement, and
  • Be familiar with the latest ...

Prescription required for mupirocin (Bactroban)

August 19, 2014

Mupirocin ointment and cream are Schedule 1 in Alberta and require a prescription.

Mupirocin ointment and cream were placed in Schedule 1 by NAPRA, based on a September 1999 recommendation of the National Drug Scheduling Advisory Committee.

Inducements decision in BC

August 5, 2014

On July 25, the BC Supreme Court ruled that the bylaws passed by the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia prohibiting incentives provided for prescriptions and pharmacy services be struck down. 

The hearing at which will ACP will defend its changes to our Standards and Code of Ethics which prohibit inducements is set for Jan. 15, 2015....

Audit trail a must when dispensing

August 5, 2014

A pharmacist or a pharmacy technician who engages in dispensing must ensure that their dispensing activities are recorded in a clear audit trail (Standard 7.16, Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians).

Creating an audit trail need not be an onerous process. Any method that allows...

Podiatric physicians added to TPP program

August 1, 2014

Podiatric physicians (also referred to as podiatrists) were added to Alberta’s TPP program in January 2013. [ACP was just notified on July 29; we apologize for not notifying pharmacists sooner.] 

Podiatric physicians may prescribe:

Notice of veterinarian suspension

August 1, 2014
As a result of a order hearing tribunal order dated July 29, 2014, Dr. Iliya Belosevic, licence #1666, is suspended from the practice of veterinary medicine for six months, beginning August 1, 2014. As part of the suspension, Dr. Belosevic is no longer authorized to purchase, sell or dispense pharmaceuticals.
 
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