Registration and Licensing Renewal Now Open!
Annual renewals for the 2019 registration year have begun. An email has been sent to all registrants and pharmacists-in-charge with instructions on how to renew.
- The deadline for renewals (including payment) is November 30, 2018. PLEASE NOTE that a late fee will be automatically applied after November 30.
- Registrants are advised to have all necessary information handy before beginning the online renewal process. Once the renewal is started it cannot be saved and resumed. Additionally, after two hours, the system will automatically log you out.
- Pharmacists-in-Charge should be prepared to provide ownership information for the pharmacy.
- Registrants will be asked to upload proof of professional liability insurance, in the form of a certificate of insurance obtained from their insurance provider. This document should bear the carrier name, policy number and expiry date for their policy. A user guide on how to upload the certificate can be found in the Library Section of your Member Home page.
- Registrants with Authorization to Administer Injections will be asked to upload proof of their current CPR/First Aid certification. This document should bear the registrant’s name, the level of certification and the expiry date of the certification.
- Once the renewal is completed and paid, to print your receipt, please click View/Print Invoices and select the paid invoice as proof of payment.
- 2019 pharmacy licences will be mailed to each pharmacy and a certificate of registration will be emailed to each registrant who has renewed for 2019 in December, after the renewal period has ended.
- If you forget your username and/or password, click Registrant Login. Under “Forgot your username/password”, enter the email address associated with your profile. Your login information will be emailed to you shortly. Once logged in, you can change your username and password to something easier for you to remember.
New Reporting Requirements for Medical Assistance in Dying Now in Effect
All registered pharmacists are advised that new federal reporting requirements for medical assistance in dying (MAiD) came into effect on November 1, 2018.
In accordance with Health Canada legislation, pharmacists who have dispensed a substance in connection with the provision of MAiD are required to report to Health Canada within 30 days after the day of dispensing. Pharmacists must report:
- Patient’s date of birth, health insurance number and province of issuance
- Your name, province or territory of practice, licence or registration number, mailing address and e-mail
- Name and licence or registration number for the practitioner who prescribed or obtained the substance
- The date that the substance was dispensed and where it was dispensed (hospital or community pharmacy)
Pharmacists in NL will report this information directly to the Federal Minister of Health through the Canadian MAID Data Collection Portal developed jointly by Health Canada and Statistics Canada. Screening questions on the site will guide you to the relevant questions for your scenario.
The link to this portal as well as additional information regarding this change will be available on the “Reporting requirements for medical assistance in dying” page on the Government of Canada website.
Changes to NLPB Prescribing Standards to Reflect Revisions to TRPP Program
Registrants are advised that the NLPB Standards of Practice – Prescribing by Pharmacists has been updated to include an additional statement in section 3 – Limitations, which states: “A pharmacist may not prescribe a drug included on the list of drugs referenced in section 4.(1) of the Pharmaceutical Services Regulations – i.e. the ‘Drugs Required to be Written on Tamper Resistant Pads'”.
This change was necessitated by the recent addition of tramadol to this list of drugs.
In practicality, this change means that pharmacists MAY NO LONGER perform prescribing activities for tramadol, including providing an interim supply, extending a prescription or adapting a prescription.
The full Standards document, including the change can be found on the Standards, Guidelines, Policies and Positions page of the website, under “Provincial Standards of Practice”. If you have any questions about the revised Standards, please contact the NLPB office for guidance.
NLPB Practice Policy – Registrant Use of Social Media
Registrants are reminded that in May of 2018, the NL Pharmacy Board approved a new Practice Policy regarding Registrants’ Use of Social Media. This policy was implemented in recognition of the expanding use of social media use among pharmacy professionals and the many opportunities for information-sharing in a registrant’s personal and professional life.
In the policy, registrants are reminded that the expectation of professional and ethical conduct is the same whether they are interacting with others in person or through social media, and whether they are interacting in a personal or professional context. Additionally, when using social media, registrants are expected to:
- Apply all practice and ethical standards in the same manner while using social media as required for direct person-to-person interactions.
- Keep all personal health information and any other information that identifies, or could potentially identify, a patient strictly confidential. This includes any information that could allow a patient to recognize him or herself.
- Maintain clear and appropriate boundaries with patients, and consider the appropriateness of establishing personal connections with them.
- Avoid offering personal health-related advice via social media.
- Avoid posting any content, including personal information, images, and opinions that could be viewed as unprofessional or detrimental to the profession.
- Refrain from engaging in any interaction that is, or could be considered, harassing in nature towards any individual or group.
- Keep in mind that tone and context can be easily misinterpreted in social media contexts.
- Recognize that inappropriate use of social media may result in disciplinary action from the NLPB, disciplinary action from the registrant’s employer, civil liability, or prosecution. Posting content anonymously, under a pseudonym, or from a personal account does not protect the registrant from the potential consequences of inappropriate activity.
- Abide by the duty to report outlined in the Pharmacy Act, 2012 and report any knowledge of a breach of this policy on the part of any registrant.
The policy can be found on the Standards, Guidelines, Policies and Positions page of the NLPB website, under “Pharmacy Practice Policies”.
“Pharmacy Technician” – A Restricted Title
Registrants, pharmacists-in-charge and pharmacy owners are reminded that, in accordance with the Pharmacy Act, 2012, use of the “pharmacy technician” designation is restricted and protected. Only those registered with the NL Pharmacy Board as pharmacy technicians may use this title or be referred to pharmacy technicians. If you employ other unregulated support staff in your pharmacy, they may be called “pharmacy assistants” or be given another title.
NLPB’s registration portal maintains all receipts created by the system. If for any reason you need a copy of your paid invoice, you can log in anytime by visiting www.nlpb.ca and clicking on “Registrant Login”. Once logged in, click on the link called “Renewal Other/Invoices” and then select either “view” or “print”.