In Flanders fields the poppies blow. Between the crosses, row on row. — Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, 1915
Opioid Agonist Treatment training workshops resume virtually
OAT Training Workshops, which were suspended by the Ministry of Health on March 14, 2020 due to COVID-19, are resuming virtually as of November 20, 2020.
The updated patient-centered Opioid Agonist Treatment Compliance and Management Program for Pharmacy course is based on the most current research focusing on opioid use disorder and the different types of pharmacological treatments. All the interactive workshops, which are each four hours in length, will be held on Zoom. (The course includes a six-hour, self-paced online component that must be completed before the live workshop.)
The College of Pharmacists of BC Professional Practice Policy-66 currently requires that all registrants who are employed in a pharmacy dispensing OAT, must have completed this training by March 31, 2021 (although it is anticipated this deadline will be extended). Currently, pharmacies without at least one pharmacist who has completed the training may be ineligible for methadone witness ingestion fees.
The following workshops are available* for registration:
- Nov. 20, 2020
- Nov. 25, 2020
- Dec. 5, 2020
- Dec. 8, 2020
- Dec. 14, 2020
- Jan. 9, 2021
- Jan. 14, 2021
- Jan. 24, 2021
- Jan. 30, 2021
For more information and registration, please visit the BCPhA website at OAT Workshop Registration
Stay tuned as we continue to update the list with more dates! If you would like to offer a suggestion for a future date or time contact firstname.lastname@example.org
* workshops have a limited capacity and may fill up at any time.
Changes or cancellations made within 10 days of the workshop and no shows will incur a $50 fee.
BCPhA Webinar: COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis
Health Authorities issue flu vaccine supply update
Several health authorities have issued updates on flu vaccine supplies and usage since the start of the flu season. Please see below for their updates.
Vancouver Coastal Health
As of Nov. 6, more than 500,000 doses of Vancouver Coastal Health's total flu vaccine allocation has been distributed to community vaccine providers and the health authority does "not have the supply to distribute any further vaccine" currently. More than 50,000 doses of unfilled order requests remain outstanding at VCH, but additional supply is not anticipated to come until late November or early December. That additional supply, however, is not expected to meet the demand of current unfilled orders. For assistance, please contact email@example.com instead of your local health unit.
Interior Health this year received a total of 350,000 doses, a 40% increase from last year. With regards to requests for additional supply, as of Nov. 9, IH is "assessing the stock of vaccine on hand across IH" for deployment to communities who are most in need. For those who have questions, please contact PandemicResponse@interiorhealth.ca.
As of Nov. 2, pharmacists have received more than 322,000 doses from Fraser Health, up from last year's totals of 264,000 doses delivered to pharmacists. Currently, 90% of Fraser Health's supply of flu vaccines has been distributed. The remaining 10% will be distributed in the "coming weeks' with equitable distribution in mind.
BCCDC surveys storage capacity in community pharmacies for potential COVID-19 vaccine
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is conducting a survey mainly on storage capacity in community pharmacies (as well as other providers) to assess Provincial readiness to receive COVID-19 vaccine(s).
In collecting provincial information from this survey, and continuing to learn from federal partners on the Canadian COVID immunization strategy, the BCCDC will be able to better prepare and support the province with an optimized vaccine distribution strategy.
The survey can be found here. Please complete the survey by Nov. 13.
College issues reminder on requirements to administer immunizations
The College has not made an exception to any requirements for maintaining drug administration certification during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pharmacists who administer injections are expected to have and maintain a Drug Administration Certificate, along with following the College's standards, limits and conditions for administration of medications.
To confirm whether you have a valid Drug Administration Certification, go to the registrant (pharmacist) directory on the College’s website, found at “Find a Pharmacy or Registrant” link on the top of the website (or click here for a complete list of registrants). Note the status under the column “Authorized for Drug Administration”.
To meet the necessary requirements for Drug Administration Certification, you must:
- Be registered as a Full Pharmacist, Limited Pharmacist, Temporary Pharmacist or Student (UBC) Pharmacist.
- Have successfully completed a CCCEP-accredited drug administration training program approved by the College as listed in Schedule C of the HPA Bylaws.
- You must apply for certification for drug administration within 1 year of completing the drug administration program.
- Have a valid (current) certification in first aid AND Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Find a job in pharmacy - New postings to BCPhA Job Board
Recent postings on the BCPhA job board include:
- Pharmacist - Maple Ridge
- Pharmacist - Mill Bay
- Pharmacy Assistant - Vernon
- Pharmacy Technician - Vernon
- Pharmacy Assistant/Technician - Delta
- Pharmacist - Williams Lake
- Pharmacy - Merritt
You must be a member of the BCPhA to view these listings. Click here and log in as a member to view the full job postings.
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