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By Keith Shaw President, BC Pharmacy Association Since I last connected with members, several months of ‘pandemic practice’ have taken place. PPE is now a common acronym to us all and physical distancing is a new normal in workplaces and among…

Mainstream media is often disregarded by many, and social media platforms have become a more luring and enticing place to find critical information. This begs the question: Do pharmacists have a role to play here?

Be safe and thank you for all that you do each day. 

Former pharmacist and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ron Gracan has spent his career championing independent pharmacies.   

A naturally inquisitive person, Collaborative Care Award winner Cameron Bonell has spent his career seeking out ways to expand the scope of his pharmacy practice. 

For Pharmasave owner/pharmacist Clancy O’Malley, his pharmacy is about more than prescriptions and medical advice. It’s a safe haven for members of Kamloops’ marginalized and vulnerable community to rest, enjoy a cup of hot coffee, and be shown warmth and respect.

By Cameron Bonell, BSc(Pharm), ACPR, Rph

 

Vaccine History

The most recent survey of adult immunizations in Canada was  done in 2016.1 This survey found that 88% of adults “believed that they…

Recognized by his classmates as a natural born leader, third year pharmacy student Apotex Inc. Future B.C. Pharmacy Leader Award winner John Lee has been a source of inspiration in the University of British Columbia’s PharmD program.

Growing up on idyllic Malcolm Island, offshore from Port McNeill on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, pharmacist and Bowl of Hygeia Award winner Brittany Swanson learned the meaning of community from an early age.

Chances are, if you are a newly practicing pharmacist who was trained in B.C., you have been mentored by Safeway pharmacy manager and Murray Dykeman Mentorship Award winner Joanne Hui.

Fourth year pharmacy student and Apotex Inc. Future B.C. Pharmacy Leader Award winner Sean Cardwell can thank his mom and a BuzzFeed quiz for his future career in pharmacy.

As a pharmacy district manager with Sobeys National Pharmacy Group for nearly 20 years, Pharmacy Leadership Award winner Stephanie Hahn has directly impacted the careers and lives of countless pharmacy employees across B.C.

This year, pharmacists will have the opportunity to offer FluMist Quadrivalent, a publicly funded nasal spray influenza vaccine.

Post-pandemic pharmacy will look very different than pre-pandemic pharmacy as many of the changes in policy and procedures will be made permanent. You will need to constantly reassure your patients that you are concerned for their safety and well-being.

This is a call to action for all B.C. pharmacists to practice to their full scope by integrating immunization assessments and administration as routine care in their practices.