As stated in the PharmaCare Newsletter on August 27, 2019, one pharmacist from every pharmacy enrolled as an Opioid Agonist Treatment Provider (formerly Methadone Maintenance Provider) should have now completed the Opioid Agonist Treatment Compliance and Management Program for Pharmacy. Pharmacies not meeting this requirement may be ineligible for methadone witness ingestion fees. Furthermore, the College of Pharmacists of BC Professional Practice Policy-66 requires that all registrants who are employed in a pharmacy dispensing OAT, must have completed this training by March 31, 2021.
This accredited course is the first of its kind in Canada focusing solely on the needs of community pharmacists and technicians in delivering care to patients with opioid use disorder. It is based around the most up-to-date research on the disorder and the various types of pharmacological treatments. The course takes a patient-centred approach, discussing the lived experiences of patients and how effective communication from pharmacists can reduce stigma and increase patient engagement.
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 this robust OAT training program. It is 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 online modules.
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, 2020.
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 after 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 with more locations and dates! If you would like to offer a suggestion for a future location, please register your preferences here or contact email@example.com.
|Saturday, March 21, 2020||Civic Hotel||13475 Central Ave
|Sunday, March 22, 2020||Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe||100 Harbour Rd
|Sunday, March 29, 2020||Delta Grand Okanagan Resort||1310 Water St
|Saturday, April 4, 2020||Sandman Signature||2990 Recplace Dr
Prince George BC
|Sunday, April 5, 2020||Inn at the Quay||900 Quayside Dr
New Westminster BC
|Saturday, April 18, 2020||Coast Chilliwack Hotel||45920 First Ave
|Sunday, April 19, 2020||Coast Bastion Hotel||11 Bastion St
|Saturday, April 25, 2020||Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre||711 West Broadway
|Wednesday, May 20, 2020||Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre||711 West Broadway
|Saturday, May 30, 2020||Civic Hotel||13475 Central Ave
|Sunday, June 7, 2020||Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe||100 Harbour Rd
|Saturday, June 13, 2020||Holiday Inn North Vancouver||700 Old Lillooet Rd
North Vancouver BC
|Saturday, July 11, 2020||Delta Grand Okanagan Resort||1310 Water St
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, 2020.
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.