March is Pharmacy Awareness Month!

There will be many opportunities to celebrate the profession during Pharmacy Awareness Month (PAM). Check out PANL and the School of Pharmacy Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates throughout the month. This year, NLPB is pleased to be hosting the concluding celebrations with a public open house at the James J. O’Mara Pharmacy Museum in Apothecary Hall. On March 26, members of the pharmacy community and the public can drop by the museum to see how the profession has evolved over the years. A visit to this restored heritage site, preserved by Newfoundland and Labrador pharmacists, is the perfect way to celebrate the history and the future of the profession.


The 2017 Safe Use and Handling of Oral Anti-Cancer Drugs (OACDs) in Community Pharmacy: A Pan-Canadian Consensus Guideline

In February, the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies (CAPCA) released the Safe Use and Handling of Oral Anti-Cancer Drugs (OACDs) in Community Pharmacy: A Pan-Canadian Consensus Guideline. This guideline builds on the Oral Cancer Drug Therapy Safe Use and Handling Guideline that was provided by CAPCA in 2015. The latest recommendations were developed to address the safe handling of oral anti-cancer drugs in community pharmacies across the medication lifecycle, from manufacturer packaging to waste management and incident reporting.

Both the 2017 Safe Use and Handling of Oral Anti-Cancer Drugs (OACDs) in Community Pharmacy: A Pan-Canadian Consensus Guideline and the 2015 Oral Cancer Drug Therapy Safe Use and Handling Guideline can be accessed from http://www.capca.ca/current-issues/oral-cancer-drug-therapy.


Naloxone Nasal Spray Now Schedule II

At their most recent meeting, the Board approved a change to the Provincial Drug Schedules, adding Naloxone Nasal Spray to the list of Schedule II drugs. The Guidelines Regarding the Sale of Naloxone in Community Pharmacies has also been updated to reflect this addition. For more information on this addition to the drugs schedules, see “Drug Schedule Changes – approved February 18, 2017″ on the Provincial Drug Schedules page of the website.

The Board encourages all pharmacies to carry and dispense Naloxone kits to provide as many people as possible access to the drug.


Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding – Hazardous Sterile Preparations

The Board has adopted national Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding – Hazardous Sterile Preparations which can be found on the website at http://www.nlpb.ca/media/SOPP-Compounding-Sterile-Hazardous-Feb2017.pdf


NL Pharmacy Board Awards – Nominations Now Open!

Nominations are now open for the NLPB Certificate of Recognition and Patient Safety Award. Details on the awards and a copy of the Nomination Form can be found at: http://www.nlpb.ca/media/NLPB-Awards-and-Honours-Jan2017.pdf.

These awards, along with the Emerald Achievement Award which recognizes NLPB registrants who have practiced pharmacy for at least 35 years, will be presented at the NL Pharmacy Board Awards Luncheon, taking place on May 6, 2017 during the NLPB Symposium.

The deadline to send in your nominations is March 17, 2017. Please consider nominating a fellow pharmacist or pharmacy technician today!


2017 NLPB Board Elections – Call for Nominations in Zones 5, 6 and 7

The Call for Nominations for Zones 5 (Hospital Pharmacists), 6 (Pharmacy Technicians) and 7 (At Large) was circulated to all registrants practicing in those zones on February 5, 2017. The deadline to submit nominations is March 7, 2017

The Nomnation Form can be found at: http://www.nlpb.ca/nlpb-board-elections-call-nominations/. Please consider putting your name forward or nominating a fellow pharmacist or pharmacy technician today!


Mark your Calendars – 2017 NLPB Symposium!

Registration is now open for the 2017 NLPB Symposium, to be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, St. John’s Airport on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

We are finalizing the last pieces of the agenda for the day, which will include a Professional Development Program, an open forum, the 2017 Annual General Meeting, and the NL Pharmacy Board 2017 Awards Luncheon. A detailed email regarding the event will be sent to all registrants within the next week.

To register for the symposium, visit www.nlpb.ca, log in using your username and password and click the blue “Events” button located at the top of the Member Home screen. Once there, click on “View Upcoming Events” and then “NL Pharmacy Board Symposium” to complete the registration process.

Hope to see you there!

This e-newsletter contains information on a wide variety of topics intended to enhance the practice of pharmacy in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As it is published and circulated to all registrants on a monthly basis, it is the expectation of the NLPB that all registrants are aware of the matters contained therein.

©2017 Newfoundland & Labrador Pharmacy Board