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...

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...

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.


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...

Mark your calendars!

October 27, 2009

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

November calendarNov. 16 – The Sandm...

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...

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: 


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

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...

Pharmacy Batch close to normal processing

October 20, 2009

Sent from Alberta Netcare on Oct. 14, 2009:

Pharmacy Batch (PB) file processing has improved to close to normal processing.

This is a follow-up to the September 21 notice that Pharmacy Batch (PB) file processing was experiencing delays. Pharmacies may have noticed that their daily PB dispenses...

2009 Canadian dyslipidemia guidelines

October 20, 2009

The Canadian Cardiovascular Society has issued updated guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of dyslipidemia and prevention of cardiovascular disease (CV) in adults. The new guidelines place more emphasis on data obtained from clinic...

Dancing pharmacists win award

October 20, 2009

If you happen to visit the Safeway Pharmacy #0281 in Airdrie, you may catch the team there doing the "Dispensary Dance," where they attempt not to trip over one another or step on feet as they work in a very busy and rather small dispensary. They can now also do a dance of joy to celebrate their recent award.

The pharmacy team rece...

Reminder: OTC cough/cold medicines not for children under 6

October 20, 2009

A reminder as we head into cold and flu season:

On Dec. 18, 2008, Health Canada released its decision that orally administered over-the-counter cough and cold products with certain active ingredients should not be used in children under 6 years of age....

Call for APEX Award nominations

October 20, 2009

The W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Award recognizes a pharmacy licensed in Alberta, whose health professionals, by virtue of their practice, have positively impacted the health of their community.

If this sounds like your pharmacy or a pharmacy that you know, 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:...

Increasing number of seniors' falls

October 6, 2009

The fact is that falls cause more than 90% of hip fractures among seniors – and between 15 – 20% of those patients will die due to complications. Also, 40% of all nursing home admissions are the result of falls. These statistics alone are extremely significant, and justification for the Finding Balance campaign.