COVID-19 Pharmacists in the Media

BCPhA board members Annette Robinson and Derek Desrosiers joins Conversations That Matter to talk about the role of pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Are pharmacists an underutilized health care resource in the fight against the Coronavirus? Annette Robinson and Derek Desrosiers from the BC Pharmacy Association joins a Conversation That Matter about a health care resource that may be overlooked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Conversations That Matter

BCPhA Vice-President Annette Robinson interviewed by Global BC on emergency supplies of medications

BC Pharmacy Association Vice-President Annette Robinson was interviewed by Global BC host Jennifer Palma on the topic of medication supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic on March 21, 2020.

Global asked a few questions, including on the following topics:

  • The types of emergency provisions pharmacists have to provide emergency medications
  • Whether patients have to go to their existing, regular pharmacy
  • Whether pharmacists are challenged by COVID-19 to attend work
  • Drug supply impact due to COVID-19
  • Patients stockpiling medications
  • Social distancing in pharmacies

To see the full interview, visit Globalnews.ca.

BCPhA President Keith Shaw interviewed by Kamloops Radio NL

BC Pharmacy Association President was interviewed by Kamloops Radio NL host Jeff Andreas on what has been happening in pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic, on topics including:

  • the pharmacists' role in ensuring the drug supply remains available to British Columbians
  • the differences between 30-day supplies of emergency refills for self-isolation and regular refills for those on chronic medications
  • how the BCPhA is calling for a 30-day supply for all prescriptions in B.C.
  • patients' concerns about dispensing fees during COVID-19

Listen to the interview through the link below:

Radio NL Interview

B.C. pharmacies ask to be on priority list for personal protective equipment

BC Pharmacy Association Past President Chris Waller was interviewed by CTV News Vancouver on April 1, 2020, which reported on how the BCPhA has requested Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix to consider pharmacists in the allocation of personal protective equipment supplies for health-care workers.

The BCPhA's position is that pharmacists are also essential front-line health-care workers and would benefit from receiving PPE supplies in order to protect their staff's health and safety while serving the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can read the story, or watch the broadcast, using the link below.

CTV Vancouver - April 1, 2020

Clarification to media and the public on emergency medication refills

After a press conference on March 16 by Minister Adrian Dix and Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, media reported that patients could get their prescriptions “without a doctor’s note” to help relieve the burden on doctors’ offices.

Unfortunately some patients have misinterpreted this information. The BCPhA has issued a news release to provide some clarification, which has resulted in media coverage.

Last updated on March 18, 2020

In the News: B.C. pharmacies ask to be on priority list for personal protective equipment

BC Pharmacy Association Past President Chris Waller was interviewed by CTV News Vancouver on April 1, 2020, which reported on how the BCPhA has requested Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix to consider pharmacists in the allocation of personal protective equipment supplies for health-care workers.

The BCPhA's position is that pharmacists are also essential front-line health-care workers and would benefit from receiving PPE supplies in order to protect their staff's health and safety while serving the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can read the story, or watch the broadcast, using the link below.

CTV Vancouver - April 1, 2020

In the News: Pharmacies cautioned about possible scams as protective equipment remains scarce

Full story on CTV Vancouver.

Finding protective equipment such as masks and eye protection is still a big challenge for B.C. pharmacies operating during the pandemic, and now they’re also being cautioned about avoiding possible scammers who could try and take advantage of the situation.

The BC Pharmacy Association’s director of pharmacy practice support and special projects Bryce Wong told CTV News Vancouver they are now working to screen potential providers and compile a list of reputable sources of available safety gear, which remains in short supply.

"We have heard from members who have been asked to put down pretty significant deposits to purchase some PPE (personal protective equipment) and we’ve heard from others who haven’t received what they ordered a month ago," Wong said, and gave an example where a pharmacy was ready to buy a large amount of equipment and distribute it to others, when the association looked at the company’s credentials and "none of them checked out."