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Providing pharmacy services for displaced Slave Lake residents

May 17, 2011

Due to the fires and resulting evacuations, many individuals will be seeking temporary pharmacy services from other Alberta pharmacies. 

ACP understands that this may significantly increase your workload, and we appreciate all your efforts to help your colleagues and their patients during this difficult time.


What you need to know:

When providing care for a temporarily displaced patient, please:

1. Check Netcare to confirm the patient’s health history and determine appropriateness.

  • ACP has confirmed that Slave Lake pharmacists have been diligent in uploading dispensing records, so patient information should be very current.

2. Follow the standards for adapting and prescribing in an emergency (Standards 12 and 13). Specifically, the pharmacist must:

  • personally see and assess the patient,
  • obtain sufficient information about the patient’s health status and disease or condition to make the decision to prescribe,
  • assess whether the prescription will cause a drug-related problem,
  • be satisfied that the prescription will not place the patient at increased risk, and
  • follow up and appropriately monitor the response to the drug prescribed.

3. As the duration of this emergency situation is unknown, consider providing patients an amount of medication up to the amount of their last dispensed event. This, of course, must be based on your assessment of the patient.

4. Communicate your actions back to the patient’s other health care providers as soon as possible.