The Tablet

The Tablet, our member magazine, features pharmacy and industry news, profiles on B.C. pharmacists, information on research developments and new products, as well as career and business opportunity listings.  

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In the face of a public health crisis, B.C.’s community pharmacists are exploring new ways to help curb the rising tide of overdose deaths. Last year was the worst year yet, with more than 1,400 British Columbians who died from suspected illicit drug overdoses.From discussions on daily…

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Pharmacists identify opportunities to conduct prescription adaptations to optimize safe and effective drug therapy outcomes for patients
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Today, we have a different crisis affecting our province and our country – opioids. I think many pharmacists look at this epidemic and wonder how can they help. How do pharmacists add their expertise to help stem the tide of needless overdose deaths in B.C.? This is a question the Association…

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Case: A young woman is prescribed metoclopramide for hyperemesis gravidarum. She is concerned about the boxed warning of tardive dyskinesia.

Pharmacists are often asked about the adverse effects of medications. Fear of side effects can be…

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Marshall Moleschi joins a distinguished list of Canadian pharmacy leaders recognized for their life-long commitment to the profession with the Pillar of Pharmacy Award.

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On Oct. 1, 2017, First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) clients in B.C. joined PharmaCare to receive drug benefits services through a tailored program designed specifically for First Nations called Plan Wellness (Plan W). Formerly, these patients received drug coverage from Health Canada’s Non-…

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The 2017-2018 flu season is being described by health officials as one of the worst flu seasons to hit in many years, especially affecting those in high-risk groups, such as the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. More than 550,000 people…

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While the BCPhA broadly supports pharmacist prescribing in principle, the BCPhA does not support the current framework put forth by the College. Within the framework, there are reasons given to allow pharmacist prescribing including: the need for timely access to primary care due to an expanding…

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Emigrating from the densely populated Quezon City in the Philippines, Maricor Del Rosario chose an unlikely place to build her pharmacy career 13 years ago – the small town of Williams Lake, B.C. But while the Save-On-Foods pharmacy manager traded the urban jungle for the great outdoors, Del…

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B.C. media campaign highlights importance of pharmacogenomics
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In November, I attended the B.C. College of Pharmacists' board meeting to talk about pharmacist prescribing. As a stakeholder I appreciated the invitation. It was important to convey the views of the BC Pharmacy Association and our membership, as well as my personal views as a community…

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Association urges B.C. to address cannabis concerns before legalization

As Canada faces the impending legalization of non-medicinal cannabis in July 2018, the BC Pharmacy Association urged the B.C. government to address two…

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More than 600 BCPhA members responded to the 2017 recent wage and benefit survey. The Association conducts this survey every two years to give members a guide or point of reference in terms of what colleagues in different regions, roles and pharmacy types are earning or receiving in benefits…

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BC Pharmacy Association President Alex Dar Santos addresses the media for the announcement of free Take Home Naloxone kits at community pharmacies. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy (left) looks on.…