Fall 2017 Issue — Explore Articles

With dedicated volunteers from BC Pharmacy Association and Living Positive, over 127 naloxone kits were handed out from this tent.

September marks the start of the BC Pharmacy Association’s fiscal year, and I am honored to be the president of the Board of Directors for 2017-2018.

I have been on the BCPhA board for four years, and we have accomplished a lot under some…

In October, the BC Pharmacy Association is proud to introduce both our new website and eTraining portal.

While our old site was effective when it was launched back in 2011, it was time for an update. The new site is faster, easier to…

The BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) has been advocating for pharmacies to be added as distribution points for the free Take Home Naloxone (THN) program. The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), BC Harm Reduction Strategies and Services and Toward…

We are inundated with social media — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, podcasts, blog posts — our days are filled with so many messages coming at us. Mostly, the sea of images and information washes over me and it is only the rare post that sticks.…

Pharmacies are an integral part of BC’s health-care system – and being ready for anything means preparing for emergencies. In fact, Professional Practice Policy-25: Pharmacy Disaster Preparedness, says each pharmacy manager should approach regional…

In-depth consultations for all patients and a focus on deprescribing sets BioPro Biologics Pharmacy apart.

“BioPro Pharmacy is a new concept. In my mind, it’s really what pharmacies should be doing,” says Alan Low, Pharmacy Lead at BioPro…

FNHA transitions to Plan W

On Oct. 1, 2017, all First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) patients became beneficiaries of the BC PharmaCare program. Medications and therapies prescribed by healthcare providers to FNHA patients will be…

Cannabis is an antiemetic — but paradoxically, chronic use can cause intermittent debilitating vomiting known as cannabis (or cannabinoid) hyperemesis syndrome (CHS). Since the legalization of cannabis in several states in the U.S., hospital visits…

As we wind down summer and slide into fall, we see an increase in questions from BCPhA members related to preparing for the upcoming influenza season. The nature of the questions ranges from specific clinical questions about the vaccines that will…

BC Pharmacy Student Ambassador Jerry Mejia is grateful for the opportunities and mentoring he’s had over his past four years as a pharmacy student.

Pharmacists across the province took notice when a province-wide state of emergency was declared July 8, 2017. As key health-care providers, they knew that the people being evacuated would need a pharmacist’s expertise. Many patients turned up in…

What you need to know about changes Changes come into effect on March 1, 2018 Applies to all pharmacy owners, both direct and indirect If one of the owners does not pass criminal record check, the College's Application…

Across North America, British Columbia and in your hometown, the flu is getting ready to cause trouble. Missed days of work will increase, hospital admissions for flu-related symptoms will also go up. Fever, coughs and sore throats, aches and pains…

An increasing number of seniors are visiting their community pharmacies. Individuals over 65 make up between 15 per cent and 23 per cent of the population of BC’s Lower Mainland and the number of seniors over 80 continues to rise.

Far from…