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Pharmacists are ready. Canadians urge expanding COVID-19 asymptomatic testing across Canada

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As the new school year begins, and increased rates of COVID-19 are being reported across the country, expanding asymptomatic testing could strengthen much needed capacity in provincial public health testing and provide additional peace of mind for anxious Canadians. Read more

News: Canadian Pharmacists’ Harmonization Scope 2020 to focus efforts on pharmacist opioid stewardship

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Canadian Pharmacists Association launches Pharmacists’ Opioid Stewardship Initiative as first focus area for CPHS 2020.

 

The Canadian Pharmacists’ Harmonization Scope (CPHS) 2020, the CPhA initiative that aspires to define, describe and develop a national, forward-looking harmonized scope of practice for pharmacists, is focusing its efforts on a specific, and very timely, therapeutic area with the launch of the Pharmacists’ Opioid Stewardship Initiative (POSI).

 

 

This multi-year initiative will gather evidence to demonstrate the value of pharmacists’ services and benefits to patients in opioid stewardship in 4 domains of scope of practice authority identified in the initial work of CPHS 2020: prescribing, dispensing, health testing and administrative authority. The profession will use the information in its efforts to  advocate with governments for harmonized scope of practice for pharmacist services in opioid therapy management for their patients. 

The opioid epidemic is one of the most challenging and complex health crises in Canada today. More than 14,000 Canadians have been killed by opioids over the last 4 years, and close to 20,000 people have been hospitalized for opioid-related poisoning.

 

“Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare providers and could fill a critical system gap. They are often the first health care provider to observe signs of opioid use disorder,” said Shelita Dattani, director of practice development and knowledge translation at CPhA, in a news release. “Many are already helping by optimizing patients’ opioid therapy through pain assessment, medication reviews, monitoring for interactions, medication administration, exemptions for prescribing suboxone and methadone, ensuring appropriate dosing and consulting on switching or tapering of opioids.”

 

CPhA has been a strong advocate for more opportunities and supports for pharmacists in the management of opioid therapy. This includes listing pharmacists as practitioners within the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), which would expand pharmacists’ scope for prescribing and adapting opioids for their patients.

 

“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, temporary exemptions have been made under the CDSA, creating an opportunity to provide continuity of care to some of the most vulnerable Canadians and helping us ensure that their care is not interrupted, especially in times where they may be experiencing more stress, anxiety and isolation,” added Dattani.

 
These exemptions permit pharmacists to care for their patients by extending prescriptions, transferring prescriptions to other pharmacists, receiving verbal orders and allowing other pharmacy employees to deliver prescriptions of controlled substances to patients’ homes or other locations where they may be. In some provinces, pharmacists are also now permitted to adapt (i.e., modify the dosage, formulation or regimen) prescription-controlled drugs and substances to help in the care of their patients.

 

“To achieve success for this initiative we have a plan focusing on solid communication and strong engagement from our pharmacy community and beyond so that we can all be ambassadors for full harmonized scope of practice to improve the health of Canadians,” said Dattani.

 

This work involves engaging the pharmacy community, other healthcare providers, patients, the public and governments about how the work of the POSI can meet their needs.  The initiative will support and enable national and provincial efforts to extend, expand and harmonize scope of practice across the country with respect to the exemptions under the CDSA, including the ability to adapt prescriptions.  The work of CPHS POSI will also identify other areas where pharmacists can make an impact in patient care.

 

“Our goal is to use the Pharmacists’ Opioid Stewardship Initiative as a model for future phases of CPHS 2020 work — taking a patient and health system needs approach to identify subsequent areas of focus,” said Dattani.


Infographic: New CPhA survey points to continued drug shortages

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Community pharmacists across Canada continue to be faced with drug supply challenges two months after the COVID-19 pandemic began, and they remain very concerned about their ability to access the medications their patients need. Read more

CPhA – it’s time to take stock of our workforce

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Data collection and analysis must improve in order to respond to the demands of a changing pharmacy practice. Read more

News: BC pharmacist named 2017 Canadian Pharmacist of the Year

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A Vancouver pharmacist who has come from behind the counter to being on the frontline of that city’s opioid addiction crisis has been named the 2017 Canadian Pharmacist of the Year. Read more

News release: Critical health issues discussed by more than 700 pharmacists and stakeholders at Canadian Pharmacists Conference 2017

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More than 700 pharmacists and pharmacy stakeholders will be in Quebec City from June 2-5 to discuss key issues facing Canada’s health care system and discover the latest in pharmacy practice research. Read more

New report: Expanding role of community pharmacists could save Canada’s healthcare system up to $25.7 billion

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Canada-wide implementation of three pharmacy services could yield cumulative cost savings between $2.5 billion and $25.7 billion over the next 20 years, depending on the level of uptake of these services. Read more

New study: Pharmacist care for patients with hypertension would save Canada’s healthcare system more than $15.7 billion

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A new study shows that comprehensive long-term pharmacist care for Canadians with hypertension, including patient education and prescribing, improves health outcomes and will save money for Canada’s cash-strapped health care system. Read more

4 top tips to become an antimocrobial steward

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a threat at a global level, currently claiming the lives of an estimated 700,000 people each year. Read more

CPhA calls for input from pharmacist community to create Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations

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The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is calling on the pharmacist community to provide input into the development of its Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations to help reduce unnecessary tests and treatments. Read more