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Be aware – new labelling of Novo-Ferrogluc

February 24, 2009

Thanks to Pam Nickel of Rexall Outpatient Pharmacy at the U of A Hospital, who notified us that the labelling of Novo-Ferrogluc has recently changed. Please note that each tablet contains 35 mg elemental iron, NOT 35 mg of ferrous gluconate. Pam states, "I believe this is a patient safety i...

Public awareness campaign: Wave 2 launching

February 24, 2009

The second wave of the ACP/RxA public awareness campaign is set to launch on March 2, 2009. 

The campaign will run through the month of March with radio, rural newspaper, and online ads across the province. Picking up on the spring season, this wave’s ads feature a young soccer player with a...

What should happen with narcotic count discrepancies?

February 11, 2009

Do you know the proper procedure when your narcotic count detects a discrepancy? You must report losses of narcotic and controlled drugs, including non-reportable narcotics and controlled drugs and targeted substances, to Health Canada no later than 10 days after its discovery....

Congratulations 2009 APEX Award recipients!

February 11, 2009

The APEX Awards recognize excellence in pharmacy practice in Alberta. Initiated in August 2007, the awards are jointly funded, promoted, and presented by the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA) and the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP). ACP and RxA are pleased to announce this year’s APEX Awar...

Name the newsletter winner

February 11, 2009

Congratulations to Brett Baumback! He is the creative mind behind the new name for this newsletter: The Link.

"I think the word link makes subtle reference to the fact that it is an online publication," Brett noted in his submission. We agree, and also liked the allusion to relationship and interconnection. Brett practice...

Lots of opinions, but little time?

January 27, 2009

If this describes you, then you’re exactly who we need!

For our public awareness campaign, we are creating a "go to" pharmacist group to bounce ideas off, check facts with, ask questions of, and make sure the campaign truly delivers the messages pharmacists want the public to hear. We would seek your opinions, via email, about once a...

Name this newsletter and WIN!

January 27, 2009

Enter your suggestion for this new electronic newsletter’s name. If your suggestion is chosen, you will win a $200 Future Shop gift card.

Email your suggestions to no later than Feb. 5, 2009.

In the event of more than one person suggesting the winning name, the first submission will be declared the winner.


FREE Hypertension Information

January 27, 2009

The Alberta Hypertension Initiative is a new provincial project designed to provide health care professionals the latest Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) educational materials. To provide you the latest blood pressure information, we are launching an innovative Alberta program to provide hypertension management tools for you...

Sign on to the Vision for Pharmacy!

January 27, 2009

You’ve probably heard of the Vision for Pharmacy– a historic document that describes a landscape where pharmacists practice to the full extent of their skills and knowledge to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes for Canadians through patient-centred care – and a major milestone in the Blueprint for Pharmacy initiative.

Now you can visibly de...

Looking for PEBC assessors

January 27, 2009

The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) invites interested pharmacists to consider participating as an assessor for the PEBC Qualifying Examination – Part II (OSCE). The national exam will be held on Sunday May 24, 2009 at sites in both Edmonton and Calgary.

To qualify you must have been licensed in Canada for at least three years and you mus...

Supervision of pharmacy technicians and other individuals

January 27, 2009

We’re getting closer to pharmacy technician regulation, but for now the status quo continues. Pharmacists are reminded that the supervision requirements for individuals who are not registered as pharmacy technicians are more stringent than those for pharmacist te...

Nominate your future leaders

January 27, 2009

ACP will be holding council elections Districts 1, 2, 3, and 5 this term. Nomination forms and lists of eligible candidates are now available on the ACP website under About ACP/Council or you can use the following links:

Methotrexate - Beware and be aware

January 27, 2009

Methotrexate (oral and injectable) is a "high alert medication"! In the past month, ACP has been made aware of two medication errors involving oral methotrexate. 

In both cases it appears that the medication was dispensed with instructions for daily dosing instead of weekly dosing. One incident is alleged to have occurre...

Ddrops and dosing – it may not be what you think

January 27, 2009

Janie Tyrrell, a Healthy Beginnings Consultant, wants to make pharmacists and parents aware of a potentially dangerous situation.

"There is a newer Vitamin D preparation available to purchase over the counter" says Janie. "It is called ‘Ddrops’ and is a ...

Call for nominations - council elections

January 14, 2009

Now is the time to step up for your profession. Consider taking your seat at the ACP council table.

ACP will be holding council elections in four districts this term:

  • District 1 (Grande Prairie and area)
  • District 2 (Lethbridge and area),
  • District 3 (Edmonton and area)...

Tri-profession conference - mark your calendar

January 14, 2009

May 21-23
Banff Springs Hotel

Additional conference events:
ACP AGM – 2:30 to 4:30, Thurs., May 21
APEX Awards – 4:30 to 6:30, Sat., May 23

Organized by physicians, registered nurses and pharmacists and held in beautiful Banff, this is one event you won’t want...

It's Okay to Ask

January 14, 2009

Fear, embarrassment and limited skills often keep patients from asking their health care providers important questions. Research tells us that more than half of the Canadian population cannot understand or evaluate basic health information. How can you help?

The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA), with ACP, are distributin It’s Okay to Ask, a simple, newspap...

Your thoughts on the proposed Code of Ethics?

January 14, 2009

ACP Council is proposing a revised Code of Ethics. Ethics are the foundational framework upon which pharmacists and pharmacy technicians base their day-to-day work. This new code anticipates practice scenarios and technologies not contemplated in the previous version.

APEX Pharmacist of the Year nomination deadline extended

January 14, 2009

The deadline for nominations for the 2009 for the M.J. Huston Pharmacist of the Year is being extended until January 23. The M.J. Huston Pharmacist of the Year honours a pharmacist who has demonstrated outstanding professional excellence in the practice of...