Pharmacists request authority to order lab tests

July 28, 2009

Although pharmacists are trained to use lab data to monitor and determine appropriate drug therapy, their timely access to lab data has been limited. Netcare PORTAL allows pharmacists to read existing lab data, but still does not adequately support them actively managing drug therapy.


Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

July 28, 2009

That’s what the TV show audience wants to know. And so does ACP!

The college is looking for volunteers to help develop two new competence assessment tools – a knowledge assessment and a professional portfolio.


At this time we are looking for volunteers to write the pilot version of the knowledge as...

She renewed online and won!

July 14, 2009

Congratulations to Orsolya Moldovan, the winner of ACP’s 2009 online registration contest. Orsolya, manager of Safeway Pharmacy #2730 in Calgary, renewed online and won the value of her 2009-10 registration fee.

Originally published in the July 14, 2009, issue of The Link

New course on Lab Values - Practice Development

July 14, 2009

A new course called Practice Skills: Monitoring drug therapy using laboratory values is ideal for pharmacists who wish to integrate laboratory values in the management of their patients’ medication therapy. It is based on a previous course, Interpreting Laboratory Values, offered fr...

Discovered double-doctoring? What's your next step?

July 14, 2009

Recently, the college has received a number of phone calls from pharmacists who have discovered patients who are double-doctoring and visiting multiple pharmacies for prescriptions such as zopiclone 7.5mg.

As a reminder, the HPA Standards for Pharmacist Practice state:...

Change to injection authorization requirements

July 14, 2009

Pharmacists seeking authorization to administer drugs by injection must apply to the Alberta College of Pharmacists within one year of successful completion of an approved training program.

If more than one year elapses between completion of the training program and applica...

Approval needed if storing records off-site

July 14, 2009

Amendments to the Pharmacy and Drug Regulation brought about a new record keeping requirement for all pharmacies.

Section 12(3):

Required records must be maintained at the pharmacy unless the licensee has applied to the registrar in writing to store them at a location other than the p...

Scheduling of naproxen sodium products

July 14, 2009

The National Drug Scheduling Advisory Committee (NDSAC) made the following decision on the scheduling of naproxen sodium products.

Naproxen sodium 220 mg  Schedule

Universal prenatal syphilis re-screening

June 30, 2009

In response to the ongoing provincial syphilis outbreak, Alberta Health and Wellness and Alberta Health Services have enhanced the provincial Prenatal Screening Program for Selected Communicable Diseases. This will ensure that pregnant women with infectious syphilis and their babies are identified and treated...

More to Calgary than Stampede

June 30, 2009

There’s the Dean’s Golf Tournament too! Register now for a great day on the Lynx.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at Lynx Ridge (Calgary)

Registration:  7 a.m.

Registration forms at

Originally published in the June 30, 2009, issue...

Collaborating for success

June 30, 2009

Amidst Banff’s lush mountain backdrop, over 500 pharmacists, physicians, and registered nurses from across Alberta gathered at the Strengthening the Bond tri-profession conference to learn how culture, collaboration, and change affect health care.

ACP email accounts gone on June 30

June 16, 2009

The email account previously supplied to you by the college (e.g., will no longer be available after June 30, 2009. Therefore, you must provide the college with a different preferred email address.  

Scheduling status for Naproxen sodium 220 mg

June 16, 2009

The initial recommendations made by the National Drug Scheduling Advisory Committee (NDSAC) for the scheduling of Naproxen were finalized effective June 11, 2009 to read as follows:

  • Naproxen sodium 220 mg tablet (when sold in products labeled with a recommended maximum daily dose of 440 mg, an...

APEX Award videos now online

June 16, 2009

Video clips of the 2009 APEX Award winners are now on the ACP website. The APEX Awards are jointly sponsored by ACP and RxA to celebrate excellence in pharmacy practice in Alberta.

You’ll be inspired by the work of these individuals and moved by their sto...

How's ACP doing?

June 16, 2009

We have commissioned Banister Research to conduct a survey of all practising pharmacists in Alberta.

We want to know what you think about: