Do not reuse methadone carry bottles

January 11, 2011

It has come to ACP’s attention that several pharmacies are reusing bottles for methadone carries. This is not an acceptable practice. Pharmacists are required by Standard 6.2 of the Standards for Pharmacist Practice to ensure that the dispensing procedure is hygienic and prevents cross contamination.

ACP Practi...

Bowl of Hygeia nomination deadline extended

January 11, 2011

The deadline for nominations is being extended until January 31, 2011 for the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia.

The Bowl of Hygeia is awarded annually to a pharmacist who has compiled an outstanding record of community service which reflects well on the profession. If this sounds like yo...

ACP bylaw amendments consultation now open

January 4, 2011

ACP is proposing amendments to its bylaws to accommodate:

  • changes to the council election process (including the election of pharmacy technicians),
  • the publication of names in disciplinary reports, and
  • cancellation of the voluntary pharmacy technician regist...

Deadline for APEX Bowl of Hygeia nominations extended

January 4, 2011

The deadline for nominations is being extended until January 31, 2011 for the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia.

The Bowl of Hygeia is awarded annually to a pharmacist who has compiled an outstanding record of community service which, apart from his/her specific ident...

Centennial conference registration now open!

January 4, 2011

Celebrating Pharmacy: A Century of Excellence
May 20 and 21, 2011 (with ACP AGM on May 22)
Jasper Park Lodge

View the advance program.

Register at

For complete centennial information, see the centennial website at


Order your free health journals now

December 14, 2010

Help your patients have a healthier 2011. Give them a free health journal, on us!

ACP’s 30-page booklets help patients track symptoms, moods, and health issues and note their questions and concerns.

Email or call 1-877-227-3838 to order your...

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...