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Mar  22

News Release – DNA testing at BC community pharmacies comes one step closer 

Imagine if before taking a medication, you could walk into your local pharmacy and take a test that could accurately predict whether the medication would work for you and the dosage best suited to you—all based on your DNA.... 

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Mar  7

Benefits Canada – Pharmacists play an essential role in Canada's health-care system: survey 

The majority (92 per cent) of Canadians believe pharmacists play an essential or important role in Canada’s health-care system, according to a new survey by Abacus Data.... 

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Mar  4

CTV News – There is no quick fix to fentanyl crisis 

BC Pharmacy Association vice-president Alex Dar Santos speaks to CTV News after attending round-table discussion on opioid crisis with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.... 

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Feb  15

Canadian Healthcare Network – BCPhA launching new health coaching programs with Green Shield 

After years of talking about the need to add more clinical services, the B.C. Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) decided it was time to do something about. So, building on a cardiovascular risk management program launched with Green Shield Canada (GSC) in 20... 

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Feb  10

Benefits Canada – Pharmacogenomic testing to be available in Canadian pharmacies 

Pharmacogenomic testing is coming to a pharmacy near you, following a joint venture between the British Columbia Pharmacy Association and myDNA, a genetic interpretation service based in Melbourne, Australia.... 

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Feb  10

Canadian Healthcare Network – BCPhA leads rollout of pharmacy DNA testing across Canada 

What if physicians, pharmacists and patients could be certain, when a drug is prescribed, that the patient is getting exactly the optimal dosage and form of the right medicine—the one that will work most effectively, with the fewest problems, based on t... 

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Jan  18

BC Government News – Quit smoking one step at a time 

Quitting smoking is easier than ever thanks to changes to the BC Smoking Cessation Program. Now a healthier lifestyle is just a pharmacy visit away.... 

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Dec  16

Canadian Healthcare Network – B.C. pharmacist Omar Alasaly honoured for commitment to charitable work 

Congratulations to BCPhA member Omar Alasaly, who was recently recognized with the 2016 Commitment to Care & Service Award for Charitable Work.... 

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Dec  14

Alaska Highway News – Work continues to save Hudson's Hope pharmacy 

Officials in Hudson’s Hope are working to stave off closure of the district’s only pharmacy after the death of one of its employees earlier this fall.... 

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Nov  19

Oak Bay News – Five-point mental health plan pushes standardized care 

The Canadian Mental Health Association BC calls for creation of a standardized, compassionate and evidence-based system of care for people living with addictions problems.... 

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Nov  12

Times Colonist – Editorial: Flu control is in our hands 

Flu season is here, and getting vaccinated is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself and others. The more of us who get the needle or the nasal spray, the better we can control the spread and the severity of the virus. Every year, the pu... 

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Nov  4

Canadian Healthcare Network – Improving rural healthcare a top priority for BCPhA 

Progress may seem slow, but the British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) continues to press for a greater role for pharmacists in health care. “There is so much pressure on the healthcare budget, we have do find a way to do things differently,” ... 

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Nov  2

Chain Drug Review – London Drugs program donates life-saving vaccines 

During its 2016-17 flu season vaccination drive, London Drugs also will be helping to protect children in developing countries from vaccine-preventable diseases. Through a partnership with I Boost Immunity (IBI), a Canada-based online immunization advoca... 

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Nov  2

Canadian Healthcare Network – B.C. pharmacist has rattling experience on front-line of fentanyl crisis 

When Greg Becotte joined Pier Health Resource Centre as a staff pharmacist last year, he saw it as an interesting opportunity to work with vulnerable people in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side (DTES). But “interesting” hardly describes his recent expe... 

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Oct  28

Global Okanagan – Flu season arrives in the Okanagan 

Health Officials say the flu season is off to an early start in the Okanagan. In Kelowna, there has been 17 flu cases reported so far this fall; a massive increase from the four and two cases that were reported in 2015 and 2014 respectively.... 

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Oct  26

The Indo-Canadian Voice – Get your flu shot! 

“Pharmacists are a convenient and accessible option for getting your flu shot this year,” said Geraldine Vance, CEO of the BC Pharmacy Association. “More than 95 per cent of pharmacies in communities across B.C. have pharmacists who are trained and ... 

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Oct  26

BC Government News – Take a shot at protecting yourself and others from the flu 

Arming yourself against the flu is as easy as getting the flu shot. All British Columbians are encouraged to get immunized and reduce the chance of getting the flu and passing it on to others.... 

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Oct  26

Times Colonist – A mother's brush with death prompts her to promote flu vaccine 

The fear Jacqueline Zweng felt when she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year was nothing compared to the time her six-month-old daughter almost died of a cold-like virus. On Wednesday, Zweng spoke at the unveiling of the province’s influenza va... 

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Oct  26

CHEK News – B.C. could be facing the deadliest flu season in years 

Jacqueline Zweng is battling breast cancer and that’s why getting a flu shot could literally save her life. “I’m a young person and I’m healthy otherwise,” Zweng says. “I’m fit and it doesn’t seem like I’d be the face of someone vulne... 

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Oct  26

CFAX Radio – The BC Pharmacy Assn. is kicking off the official start of the flu (vaccine) season in Victoria 

The BC Pharmacy Assn. is kicking off the official start of the flu (vaccine) season in Victoria... 

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