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Media Inquiries

To connect with a BC Pharmacy Association spokesperson for comments on issues, news releases or for general media inquiries, please contact:

Angie Gaddy
Director of Communications
angie.gaddy@bcpharmacy.ca
(604) 269-2863

Media Releases

– Community Pharmacists Say No to Flu by providing frontline access to flu shots

Media Release October 26, 2017 -- 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, if not increase, in the number of flu shots for the 2017-2018 season. Kicking off...

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– BCPhA makes submission on cannabis regulation

The BC Pharmacy Association was invited to make a submission to B.C.’s Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General as part of the province's engagement process on the impending legalization of cannabis in July 2018. While the government of B.C. is currently looking at feedback on the regulation and sales of recreational marijuana, the Association felt it was important for the government to address two important issues: Limiting illegal retailers of cannabis calling their operations “dispensaries”, and Moving forward to address the issue of safe dispensing of medical cannabis in tandem with...

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– BCPhA Makes Submission On Cannabis Regulation

The BC Pharmacy Association was invited to make a submission to B.C.’s Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General as part of the province's engagement process on the impending legalization of cannabis in July 2018. While the government of B.C. is currently looking at feedback on the regulation and sales of recreational marijuana, the Association felt it was important for the government to address two important issues: Limiting illegal retailers of cannabis calling their operations “dispensaries”, and Moving forward to address the issue of safe dispensing of medical cannabis in tandem with...

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– BCPhA response to proposed guidelines for injectable opioid treatments

October 16, 2017 – The community pharmacists of British Columbia applaud the proposed guidelines for prescribing injectable opioid treatments released by the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) this week. The BC Pharmacy Association believes that efforts to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic and overdose deaths in the province need to be innovative, and dispensing medication to treat opioid addiction is an important step in dealing with the current crisis. The BCCSU proposes three models, one of which is a pharmacy-based model that would supervise injections of opioid agonist treatment in a...

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– Pharmacy services for displaced residents due to B.C. wildfires

Media Release July 12, 2017 – 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. Pharmacists there can access a patient’s PharmaNet profile, dispense emergency refills or provide an emergency medication without a patient...

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