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March 7, 2018 – B.C. Pharmacists On The Frontline To Help In Opioid Crisis; March highlights work of everyday community pharmacists
While 2017 was marked as the worst year yet in B.C.’s overdose crisis, B.C.’s community pharmacists continue to step in to help patients tackle critical health issues including opioid addiction. Across the province, community pharmacists are on the frontline to help deliver health care for British Columbians. The month of March marks Pharmacist Awareness Month (PAM), in which the BC Pharmacy Association lets British Columbians know about the role pharmacists play in important health-care delivery - from managing opioid treatment to immunization to accessing primary care - by sharing stories about B.C.’s everyday community pharmacists. Read more.
March 7, 2018 – Derek Desrosiers retiring from BC Pharmacy Association
Derek Desrosiers will be retiring from his position as Director of Pharmacy Practice Support at the end of May 2018. Read more.
Dec. 20, 2017 – Life-Saving Naloxone Kits Available For Free In B.C. Community Pharmacies
As drug overdose deaths continue to rise, B.C.’s community pharmacies are taking a stand in being part of the solution in the province’s opioid crisis. A staggering 1,200 deaths were attributed to drug overdoses this year, according to a November B.C. Coroners Service report, up from 607 at this time in 2016. And the numbers continue to rise. Starting this month, community pharmacies across the province have begun to stock free naloxone kits to those in need. Read more.
November 27, 2017 -- BCPhA position on cannabis
The BC Pharmacy Association has had a long-standing concern about the many illegal cannabis retailers in B.C. positioning themselves as purveyors of medicinal products by using terms like dispensary and “farmacy” to market their products to consumers. Read more.
October 26, 2017 -- Community Pharmacists Say No to Flu by providing front-line access to flu shots
The 2017-2018 flu season is being described by health officials as one of the worst flu seasons to hit, especially to those in high-risk groups. In an effort to provide flu vaccines, community pharmacies across B.C. have been preparing for a significant number of flu shots required to meet patient demand. Over 550,000 people received a flu shot from their pharmacist in 2016-2017, an increase of 27 per cent over the previous year. The BC Pharmacy Association predicts a similar amount, if not increase, in the number of flu shots for the 2017-2018 season. Read more.
October 16, 2017 -- Response To Proposed Guidelines For Injectable Opioid Treatments
The community pharmacists of British Columbia applaud the proposed guidelines for prescribing injectable opioid treatments released by the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) on October 11, 2017. Read more.
July 12, 2017 -- Pharmacy services for displaced residents due to B.C. wildfires
On behalf of all pharmacists in British Columbia, the BC Pharmacy Association is concerned for the ongoing health, well-being and safety of all those affected by the wildfires. Last week, a provincial state of emergency was declared in response to the current wildfire situation. Displaced residents who are running low or need help filling prescriptions can go to any community pharmacy in any town across British Columbia. Read more.
February 15, 2017 -- Pharmacogenomics Testing Available to Canadian Community Pharmacies; BCPhA Joins Forces with Australian Company
The BC Pharmacy Association announces another step in the process toward making pharmacogenomic testing widely available to Canadians through community pharmacy. The BCPhA, through its commercial entity, RxOme Pharmacogenomics Canada Inc., has entered into a joint venture agreement with myDNA Life Australia. Read more.
July 18, 2016 -- Pharmacogenomics project expands, thanks to Green Shield Canada funding
The BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) will expand its pharmacogenomics project to cities across Canada this fall, thanks to significant funding from Green Shield Canada (GSC). The “Genomics for Precision Drug Therapy in the Community Pharmacy” project examines the potential for community pharmacies to provide DNA-specific medication advice in order to optimize drug therapy outcomes for patients. Read more.