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Pharmacy Technician renewals due Nov. 30

November 17, 2009

Renewals for the pharmacy technician voluntary register are due by Nov. 30, 2009. The fee for a voluntary registered technician for Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2010 is $81.90. Technicians can complete their renewal online in less than 5 minutes.

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Cautionary tale: Septra Suspension

November 17, 2009

When dispensing Septra Suspension, which has now been genericized and contains sulfamethoxazole (SMX) 40 mg/mL and trimethoprim (TMP) 8 mg/mL, be careful when calculating volume based on a prescription written in mg of trimethoprim (TMP).  This will help you avoid the error recently brought to ACP’s attention.

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H1N1 decision-making algorithm revised

November 17, 2009

Alberta Health and Wellness made changes to their Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza Clinical Decision-Making Tool recently. The revised copy is now posted on the ACP website.

Significant change: Under Laboratory...

From your patients and for your patience…

November 3, 2009

We know the last weeks have been frustrating for you. Trying to make sense of the ever-increasing (and sometimes conflicting) information about influenza and immunizations has been challenging. We also recognize that you are often the recipients of the frustration felt by your patients and the public.

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Pharmacy Technician renewal

November 3, 2009

Information letters regarding pharmacy technician renewal were mailed late last week. The fee for a voluntary registered technician for Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2010 is $81.90. Renewals are due by Nov. 30, 2009. Technicians can complete their renewal online in less than 5 minutes.

Originally published in the November 3, 2009, issue of The Link...

New: Practice Development influenza course

November 3, 2009

Practice Development is pleased to offer you this timely and exciting learning opportunity!  If you are working in direct patient care settings and are interested in providing patient care services related to influenza, this course is ideal for you.

This distance learning course features an...

Maximum Tamiflu re-order quantities increased

November 3, 2009

The pharmacy re-order of Tamiflu maximum was increased, effective Oct. 29, to:

  • 40 boxes of 10 doses -- 75mg
  • 10 boxes of 10 doses -- 30mg
  • 10 boxes of 10 doses -- 45mg

Contact your local McKesson Canada distributor to re-order. Try to a...

Non-OraSweet recipes for Tamiflu suspension

November 3, 2009

The Edmonton Drug Information Centre has prepared the following recipes. These recipes can be used as alternatives for compounding Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) suspension should OraSweet SF and Methycellulose continue to remain on backorder.

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New antiviral treatment prescription form circulating

November 3, 2009

Alberta Health Services is circulating a new Tamiflu prescription form. This is a valid prescription form and should be accepted by pharmacies.

The form, available in a "registrants only" format, can be viewed on ACP's website. It is in the ...

Updated H1N1 FAQ

November 3, 2009

Will any Albertan be able to receive antivirals from NAS?

On Oct. 27, ACP received the following direction from AHW:

All prescriptions for antivirals should be filled out of the NAS unless the prescriber specifically and clearly indicates otherwise on the script.

Further clarification given by AHW on Oct. 30:

If...

Pharmacists’ tools to help prevent seniors’ falls

November 3, 2009

This week saw the province-wide launch of the second annual Seniors’ Falls Prevention Month campaign under the overall slogan "Finding Balance".  

An important component of the campaign is a website at ...

Which patients are eligible for NAS stock? New direction

October 27, 2009

Many pharmacists have phoned ACP to ask how to assess if a prescription should be filled from the NAS stock or their own retail stock. We referred callers to the Alberta Health and Wellness (AHW) decision-making algorithm. On Oct. 27, AHW provided ACP with the following...

Influvac only for clients 18+

October 27, 2009

It has come to ACP's attention that the seasonal influenza vaccine in stock at most community pharmacies is Influvac. Please note: 

INFLUVAC IS ONLY APPROVED FOR USE IN CLIENTS 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER.

Refer clients under the age of 18 years to a ...

Will pharmacists be asked to offer immunizations?

October 27, 2009

Although many messages are circulating in the media, pharmacists have not yet been officially invited to participate in the 2009-2010 provincial influenza immunization program (seasonal or H1N1).

Alberta Health and Wellness is continuing to work to finalize an influenza immunizati...

Mark your calendars!

October 27, 2009

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are invited to the following information sessions:

November calendarNov. 16 – The Sandm...

Call for APEX Award nominations

October 27, 2009

Safe, effective, and responsible health care has never been a hotter topic. And the outstanding care offered by pharmacists has never been more appreciated. 

Help us celebrate the pharmacists and pharmacies who elevate the reputation of the profession. Nominat...

Come hear what's happening with technician regulation

October 20, 2009

The Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) is hosting meetings in November to update technicians and pharmacists on technician regulation, ACP council priorities for 2010, and emerging issues.  

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are invited to the following meetings:...