Dukoral schedule reminder

December 14, 2010

The Public Health Agency of Canada updated its travel notice for the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Dec. 9. It advised Canadians planning to travel to those locations to consider a cholera vaccine beforehand. 

For which drugs do vets need to use TPP forms?

December 14, 2010

Since May 1, 2010, Alberta veterinarians have been required to adhere to all requirements of the Triplicate Prescription Program. Like physicians and dentists, veterinarians must use a triplicate prescription pad when writing prescriptions for all drugs on the current TPP medication list.


Resident prescribing rules

December 14, 2010

Postgraduate medical trainees (residents) are:

not required to record the name and registration number of the preceptor on prescriptions. 
permitted to write prescriptions for Triplicate Prescription medications.

Residents must register with the Triplicate Prescription Program to get their own TPP pads.


Targin on TPP list

December 14, 2010

Targin® (oral oxycodone/naloxone prolonged-release tablet) is a TPP drug.

While not specifically listed, it is automatically included because of the oxycodone. Any product containing a drug that is listed on TPP will be on TPP unless specifically exempted by the TPP steering committee. As another example, compounds with ketamine as an ingredient are included in TPP. ...

Regional meetings valuable

December 14, 2010

Thanks to everyone who participated at the recent town hall meetings in Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer,  [meeting] and Edmonton. We appreciate you taking the time to help us learn more about what your issues, concerns and hopes are. 

Congratulations to Brian Abernethy of Calgary, the winner of our draw for one free registration to this May’...

Happy Holidays

December 14, 2010

Best wishes from ACP staff to you for a happy, healthy holiday season and New Year.

Note: The ACP office will be closed between 1 p.m., Fri., Dec. 24, 2010 and 8 a.m., Tue., Jan. 4, 2011.

Originally published in the December 14, 2010, issue of The Link

ACP employment opportunity

November 30, 2010

ACP is looking for a full-time, permanent Pharmacy Practice Consultant.  For position and application details, see the full job posting.

Reporting to the Professional Practice Director, the Pharmacy Practice Consultant, a fu...

ACP council will meet on Dec. 9

November 30, 2010

The agenda for council’s Dec. 9th meeting is now available.

Please notify Leslie Ainslie, ACP Executive Assistant, if you plan to attend.

Originally published in the November 30, 2010, issue of The Link

Ever traded a chicken for penicillin?

November 30, 2010

We are getting ready to launch our centennial celebrations and need some pharmacy “human interest” stories to pique the public’s curiousity. We hear rumours about the “good old days” when bartering for services occurred in remote settings, but can’t track down the details for such tales.

If you have the details on this t...

Interested in international pharmacy?

November 30, 2010

The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) and the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI) invite you to host an international pharmacy student as part of their exchange program.

Most exchanges are one month, and IPSF recommends that students work for 4-8 hours/day for 4 days...

H1N1 communication and you: How did it work?

November 30, 2010

The H1N1 pandemic revealed many communication challenges. The Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) is now conducting research in hopes of improving processes for the future.

They would like you to fill out a short (10 minute) survey regarding the H1N1 pandemic. The questions ask abo...

Botox and saline – patients require both

November 30, 2010

Physicians administering Botox injections for migraines and myofascia pain syndrome in private offices have alerted ACP that pharmacies filling the Botox prescription are not also providing saline for reconstitution even though it too is included on the prescription.

Both elements a...

New needle, new syringe – every time!

November 30, 2010


  • Follow aseptic practices during the preparation and administration of injected medications. 
  • Use medications packaged as single-use vials for only one patient.


  • Administer medications from the same syringe t...

Methadone maintenance course – Dec. 4

November 30, 2010

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Sat., Dec. 04, 2010
Libin Theatre, Health Sciences Centre, U of C 

This introductory workshop will provide practical information in using methadone for opioid dependence and managing these patients in clinical practice. There are still a few spots left. To registe...

Call for APEX nominations – only 10 days left!

November 30, 2010

Jointly supported by ACP and RxA, the APEX Awards annually celebrate the many facets of pharmacy that contribute to the health of AlbertansTo view the categories and to nominate visit: 


Help your patients enjoy a healthier 2011

November 30, 2010

Give them a free health journal, on us!

We often hear from pharmacists how much easier their job would be if patients could provide more details about their symptoms and when health events occurred.

In response, ACP has designed a pocket-size patient health journal. These 30-page booklets he...

Regional meetings coming to Red Deer and Edmonton

November 30, 2010

Following excellent discussions in Calgary and Lethbridge last week, we are really looking forward to hearing your views at the next two town hall sessions. 

Dec. 7, 2010 – Red Deer, Red Deer Lodge (4311-49 Avenue)
Dec. 8, 2010 – Edmonton, Sandman Hotel (17635 Stony Plain...

IPG Mentor/Preceptor Training

December 22, 2009

With the growing prominence of International Pharmacy Graduates (IPGs) in the Canadian pharmacy workforce, the importance of mentors, preceptors and experieintail education has grown. Enhance your capacity, increase your confidence, and gather knowledge and skills necessary to enhance the experiential education of IPGs.

When: 9:30 a...

New classes for the New Year

December 22, 2009

Get 2010 off to a great start by signing up for one of the great professional development events available in this province. 

Consider enrolling in one of the Practice Development classes. Their leading edge programs provide you with more confidence using your skills. The courses are accessible and appealing to all learning styles, practice settings...