New DUE Quarterly available

April 7, 2009

The April 2009 edition of DUE Quarterly is now available on the ACP website. This month’s theme is Understanding causes, complications and treatments of anemias in seniors.

Originally published in the April 7, 2009, issue of The Link

A physiotherapy-pharmacy partnership to move clients

April 7, 2009

Ambulatory assistive devices (AADs) include canes, crutches, and walkers. These products are often sold at pharmacies. However, it was unknown how competent pharmacists in Alberta were in providing education on fitting, safety, and use of AADs.

In fall 2007, researchers at the...

Reducing the risk: How secure are your pharmacy's narcotics?

April 7, 2009

Recent media reports describing the diversion of large quantities of narcotics from Alberta pharmacies should serve as a reminder to all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians of the need for the security of drugs under their care. The following best practices a...

New APEX Award! Nominate by April 15

April 7, 2009

The Wyeth Apothecary Award is a new annual award under the APEX Award umbrella. This award is presented to a pharmacist in recognition of his/her professional achievement in pharmaceutical care through advanced learning. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2009.

View the award details ...

Jurisprudence exam goes online April 20, 2009

March 10, 2009

The process for writing the ACP jurisprudence exam is changing. The exam will be in electronic form only and candidates will choose a location, date and time convenient to them to challenge the exam. The Alberta College of Pharmacists will no longer administer monthly paper exams.


Call for resolutions

March 10, 2009

Registrants may propose resolutions for consideration at the annual general meeting (May 21, 2009 in Banff). Greg Eberhart, ACP Registrar, must receive your resolution in writing, accompanied by the signatures of 10 voting members in good standing, by 4:30 p.m. on March 20, 2009.

Late-breaking call for abstracts

March 10, 2009
Strengthening the Bond Conference – Banff, May 21 to 23, 2009

Submit your abstract by March 18, 2009. Click here for the abstract submission form. 

Come to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and learn...

Pharmacists needed for mock OSCE

March 10, 2009

Dear Pharmacists:

My name is Jen Chen and I am the 4thyear pharmacy class rep at the University of Alberta.

I am currently recruiting pharmacist volunteers for the 4th year Mock OSCE that will take place on Wednesday, April 1st from 3-5 p.m.

The 4th year Mo...

Council election update

March 10, 2009

The following candidates have been elected by acclamation to the Alberta College of Pharmacists council for three-year terms commencing May 22, 2009 (the day following our annual general meeting):

  • District #1 (Northern Alberta):  Wilson Gemmill
  • District #3 (Edmonton):  Chelsey Cabaj
  • District #5 (Calgary):  Anjli Acharya
  • ...

ACP seeking summer student

February 24, 2009

The Alberta College of Pharmacists is seeking a research assistant for a full-time temporary position (37.5 hours per week) during the summer of 2009.

Click here to see job description. 

Originally published in the February 24, 2009, issue of The Lin...

Late-breaking call for abstracts

February 24, 2009
Strengthening the Bond Conference – Banff, May 21 to 23

Submit your abstract by March 18, 2009

Click here for the abstract submission form. 

Come to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and learn about how the culture...

Code of Ethics forum discoveries

February 24, 2009

There is little "black and white" and a lot of "grey" when it comes to the world of ethics. That was one of the main discoveries of pharmacists at two live forums in Calgary and Edmonton this past week. Forum participants heard an overview of the proposed Code o...

Prevent drug diversions

February 24, 2009

A recent rash of forgery reports reminded us of a Health Canada suggestion that bears repeating.

The forgery reports disclosed that large quantities of narcotics had been dispensed. In a Health Canada lecture on preventing drug diversion, one point covered in some detail was to determine the authenticity of the prescription, regardless of how well...

Alert: multiple-doctoring with Adderall prescription

February 24, 2009

ACP would like to alert you to a drug-seeking operation we have just learned of. A ten-year-old girl in Edmonton is being treated with Adderall for ADHD. Her physician has become aware that the girl’s father is using her medication and also taking her to other physicians to obtain p...

Be aware – new labelling of Novo-Ferrogluc

February 24, 2009

Thanks to Pam Nickel of Rexall Outpatient Pharmacy at the U of A Hospital, who notified us that the labelling of Novo-Ferrogluc has recently changed. Please note that each tablet contains 35 mg elemental iron, NOT 35 mg of ferrous gluconate. Pam states, "I believe this is a patient safety i...

Public awareness campaign: Wave 2 launching

February 24, 2009

The second wave of the ACP/RxA public awareness campaign is set to launch on March 2, 2009. 

The campaign will run through the month of March with radio, rural newspaper, and online ads across the province. Picking up on the spring season, this wave’s ads feature a young soccer player with a...

What should happen with narcotic count discrepancies?

February 11, 2009

Do you know the proper procedure when your narcotic count detects a discrepancy? You must report losses of narcotic and controlled drugs, including non-reportable narcotics and controlled drugs and targeted substances, to Health Canada no later than 10 days after its discovery....

Congratulations 2009 APEX Award recipients!

February 11, 2009

The APEX Awards recognize excellence in pharmacy practice in Alberta. Initiated in August 2007, the awards are jointly funded, promoted, and presented by the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA) and the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP). ACP and RxA are pleased to announce this year’s APEX Awar...

Name the newsletter winner

February 11, 2009

Congratulations to Brett Baumback! He is the creative mind behind the new name for this newsletter: The Link.

"I think the word link makes subtle reference to the fact that it is an online publication," Brett noted in his submission. We agree, and also liked the allusion to relationship and interconnection. Brett practice...