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:


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 ...

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.


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...

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....