Rami Hanania’s eyes light up, his voice soft but urgent, encouraging his customers to feel welcome at the Owl Pharmacy on the corner of Main and East Hastings in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. "On a typical day, I see patients on a daily basis and I know what they are going through, many of them undergoing addiction and withdrawal symptoms," he says. "I see they are isolated, many of them homeless. They just want to talk, to be understood, to get help."
Michael Ortynsky remembers the day when he made the decision to follow in the footsteps of his father and headed north to begin his career in pharmacy. Based in the “energetic city” of Fort St. John, Michael learned to love rural life. So much so that over the past 35 years, he opened pharmacies throughout rural parts of the province – Keremeos, Tumbler Ridge and West Kelowna.
Pindy entered a life in pharmacy almost by accident. While sitting with friends at the UBC undergraduate library, she realized that she may not get into med school. Knowing that she wanted to be in the healthcare sector, she applied to pharmacy and got accepted. That acceptance became the start of a rewarding career.
– BC Pharmacy Association announces new head of finance and administration
Gary Mui, CPA, CA, joins Association Gary Mui, CPA, CA, joins the BC Pharmacy Association as head of finance and administration. Beginning April 16, Mui will oversee the finance department and human resources for the Association, which represents more than 3,200 community pharmacists and more than 900 community pharmacies in B.C. Mui comes from Loewen Kruse Chartered Professional Accountants, where he is a senior accountant. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.
– BCPhA Response to B.C. Government Retail Framework for Non-Medical Cannabis
The BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) applauds the B.C. Government’s decision to make a clear distinction between non-medical cannabis and medical cannabis by ensuring retailers selling recreational products can’t label their businesses pharmacies.