B.C. government has instructed that one pharmacist from every pharmacy enrolled in the Methadone Maintenance Provider program will be required to complete Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) training by fall of 2019.
This training program for community pharmacy on OAT is now available. This accredited course is the first of its kind in Canada in that it focuses solely on the needs of community pharmacists and technicians in delivering care to patients with opioid use disorder.
Based on the most up-to-date research, the course focuses on opioid use disorder, the different types of pharmacological treatments, College and federal requirements that pharmacists should know as well as PharmaCare requirements for dispensing and providing OAT.
This course also takes a patient-centred approach, discussing lived experiences of patients and effective communication for pharmacists that can reduce stigma and increase patient engagement.
This course will be required for all registrants (pharmacists and pharmacy technicians) who are employed in a pharmacy dispensing OAT according to the College's updated Professional Practice Policy-66: Opioid Agonist Treatment (effective on January 1, 2019). The College’s deadline to complete this training program will be March 31, 2021. For more details, please see the College Board Highlights.
With support from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, and Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program, and working closely with the First Nations Health Authority, the BCPhA has developed a robust OAT training program consistent with the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) guidelines, the updated professional practice policies of the College, and the requirements of the Ministry of Health.
For pharmacists, the course includes an online self-study component that must be completed before attending an in-person workshop. Pharmacy technicians only need to complete the online component.
At the end of the course, learners will be able to:
- Understand the roles and responsibilities of community pharmacists with regard to dispensing opioid agonist treatment (OAT).
- Apply the provincial guidelines for the clinical management of opioid use disorder (OUD) when dispensing OAT.
- Reflect and address self-biases that lead to stigma and discrimination of patients with OUD.
- Adhere to the regulatory requirements when dispensing OAT.
- Comply with PharmaCare requirements when submitting claims for OAT.
Program Name: BCPhA Opioid Agonist Treatment Compliance and Management Program for Pharmacy
Course author: BC Pharmacy Association
This program is CCCEP accredited for 12.0 CEUs.
CCCEP Number: 1092-2018-2572-B-P, expires December 5, 2019.
Please note: this is accredited as a blended program consisting of an online component and a live component. One combined statement of completion for the online modules and the live workshop will be provided at the end of the workshop.
Registration Information for Pharmacists
The online component is a prerequisite for the in-person workshop. By registering in the live workshops below, you will gain access to the online component.
Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive an email with instructions on accessing the online modules.
Member price: $300 plus GST
Non-member price: $550 plus GST
Changes or cancellations made within 10 days of the workshop and no shows will incur a $75 fee.
Please stay tuned as we continue to update the list of locations and dates! Other tentative sites include Courtenay, Quesnel, and Squamish. If you would like to offer a suggestion for a future location, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BC Pharmacy Association is looking at hosting more workshops across B.C. If you would like to see a training session in your community, please register your location preferences here.
Registration for Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacy technicians will only be required to complete the online component of the training.
Program Name: BCPhA Opioid Agonist Treatment Compliance and Management Program for Pharmacy (Online)
Course author: BC Pharmacy Association
This program is CCCEP accredited for 6.0 CEUs.
CCCEP Number: 1092-2018-2623-I-P, expires December 5, 2019.
Pricing for pharmacy technicians: $150 plus GST
If you already have a BCPhA pharmacy technician account, please click here to register for the pharmacy technician course.
If you do not have a BCPhA pharmacy technician account, please click here to create an account. After your account is approved, you will receive information with your account information and how to purchase the course.