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									                              PEI PHARMACISTS ASSN

    NEWSLETTER                                                                                   February 2009

    For members, friends and supporters of the PEI Pharmacists Association

                                       Our Association is very pleased      our Annual Awards and CE
   AGM 2009
                                       to announce the coordinators for            Conference:
The Annual General Meeting of
                                       the 2008 Pharmacy Awareness
the PEI Pharmacists Association
                                       Week, taking place March 3rd -       Sunshine Award: The pharmacist
will take place on Saturday, May
                                       9th, 2008. Christie Smith, Crystal   who is friendly over and above
2nd at the Loyalist Country Inn in
                                       MacEachern and Kilby Rinco           the call of duty and is customer
Summerside, PEI, starting at
                                       have again agreed to take the        service focused.
                                       lead in planning this important      2009 Winner: Kelly Herget
           An exciting Continuing
                                       event. Please contact Christie,      Rookie of the Year: New grad
Education and Awards Banquet
                                       Crystal or Kilby with any            who has become involved in
Weekend is being planned,
                                       Pharmacy Awareness Week ideas        community and pharmacy
starting with a not-to-be-missed
                                       you may have. Pharmacy               activities.
welcome registration pub on
                                       Awareness Week is our chance         2009 Winner: Natalie Gaudet
Friday night. A full Continuing
                                       to inform the public and other       Community Service Award:
Education program follows the
                                       stakeholders of the important role   Pharmacist who is very involved
AGM on Saturday. The Awards
                                       of the Pharmacist in patient care    in community activities.
Banquet and Entertainment
                                       and education.                       Honorary Life Membership:
evening will top of the night.
                                                                            Pharmacist with long term
Registration packages and more
                                                                            involvement in the profession
information will follow this Spring.
                                                                            both nationally and provincially.
Looking forward to seeing YOU
                                       Award Nominations
                                                                            Longtime Service Award:
there!!!                               As in previous years, the
                                                                            Awarded to a Pharmacist who is
                                          Association is seeking
                                                                            a long standing practitioner.
                                            nominations for the following
     PAW - 2008:                          awards, to be presented at
                                                                            2009 Winner: Gordon White
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Meritorious Service Award:            charity of his or her choice       hours negotiating the Palliative
                                                                         Care, Diabetic Strip programs,
Pharmacist who is involved in         2008 Winner-Kendra Day             and DIS implementation.
provincial pharmacy activities plus                                      Discussions with government
                                                                         regarding the parent contract will
community activities that benefit     Please take a moment to            soon get going and I encourage
                                                                         those interested to voice their
the profession.                       nominate a worthy recipient for
                                                                         concerns and comments.
2009 Winner: Raymond Murphy           these awards. Our members          I would like to thank all those
                                                                         committed pharmacists for their
Certificate of Recognition:           deserve recognition for their
                                                                         contributions to our association
Pharmacist who has contributed        contributions to our Profession!   and profession. You input and
                                                                         advice gives invaluable direction
to provincial pharmacy activities
                                      Passing                            to the executive and its
over and above the call of duty.                                         executive director, Erin. To
                                      It was with regret that our        make a difference in your
2008 Winners: Kilby RInco &                                              profession requires your
                                      Pharmacy Community saw the
Crystal MacEachern                                                       dedication and commitment.
                                      passing of longtime pharmacist     In closing, I look forward to the
                                                                         AGM this May in Summerside.
                                      and Honorary Life member of the    Your attendance and
                                      PEI Pharmacists Association, Sid   participation is vital.
Whitehall Robins Bowl of Hygeia:                                         See you there!
Awarded annually to an Island         Stead. In Sid’s honor, we would    Terry Walsh

pharmacist for outstanding            like to introduce
                                      The Sid Stead Memorial Award
professional and community                                                Dalhousie Pharmacy
service                               Pharmacist who is committed to
                                                                          Endowment Fund
2009 Winner: Erin MacKenzie           mentoring pharmacy students, as
                                                                          Since 1988, the Dalhousie
The Wyeth ApothecaryAward             Sid Stead did for many years.
                                                                          Pharmacy Endowment Fund has
The first award in Canada that
                                                                          supported the development of
specifically recognizes
                                                                          programs and research projects
pharmacists who have completed        President’s Note                    that benefit the profession of
advanced training or education
                                                                          Pharmacy in Atlantic Canada.
(e.g., Certified Diabetes             ~On behalf of my family and The     The Fund is always looking for
Educator) and have successfully       PEI Pharmacists' Association I
                                      wish all members a Safe,            innovative projects to support,
expanded their practice as a          Healthy, and Prosperous New         and would like to see more
result. Wyeth will award to each      Year!
                                      This, my first year as president    applicants from the community
winner a $1,000 bursary to be         is slipping by very quickly.
donated to the pharmacy school        However, much has been
                                      accomplished. Your association      The deadline for application is
alma mater, advanced training         had been actively involved with
                                      negotiating the best possible       October 1st.
program, or disease-based
                                      contracts with government. Erin,     A mentorship program is
                                      on your behalf, spent countless
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available for those who have a        membership fee.
great idea for a project, but don’t   The Association is always           PEI Pharmacists Assoc.
know how to get started, or for       looking for committee members.      Contact Information:
                                                                          Erin MacKenzie,
those who are unfamiliar with the     Your involvement will enrich        Executive Director
                                                                          PEI Pharmacists Association
grant application process.            your professional life and be a     PO Box 24042
For more information, please          great benefit to your Profession.   Stratford, PE C1B 2V5
                                                                          Phone / Fax 902 367 7080
contact Erin MacKenzie,               Interested parties can contact      e-mail:
Executive Director of the             the Association for more  

Dalhousie Pharmacy Endowment          information.
Fund at                               Current vacancies include:               Insurance Committee,
                                      Economics Committee, PAW
Your Association
Wants                                                Executive
YOU!                                                 President-Terry
                                                                          CHECK OUT OUR
                                                     President Elect-
                                                                          PEI PHARMACISTS
Involvement in
                                                     Grant Wyand
your professional
                                      Councilors: Jeannine McQuaid,
Association has many benefits.
                                      Angela Doucette, Greg Burton
You have the opportunity to                                               For the 2008 year, we had 12, 135
                                      & Betty Hutt, hospital rep.         requests on our pages, up from
have your voice heard in                                                  2,446 in 2007. We've had over 1,000
                                      Economics Committee:                requests this since the beginning of
decisions affecting your                                                  January!!!
                                      Rob MacLellan, Fred Martin,
profession. Have a say in the
                                      Paul Gallant,Jeannine McQuaid,      DIS UPDATE             The Drug
direction the Profession of
                                      Greg Burton                         Information System (DIS)
Pharmacy will take in PEI, by                                             has been fully operational
                                      Pharmacy Awareness Week:
joining the PEI Pharmacists                                               across the province for five
                                      Christie Smith, Crystal             months now.
Association today! Membership                                             Over a half of million
                                      MacEachern & Kilby Rinco
forms are included in this                                                prescriptions have been
                                      Insurance Committee:                captured in the DIS and
package. Remember,                                                        patient profiles are starting
                                      Shawn Callaghan,
$1 000 000 in malpractice                                                 to build. Many of you are
                                      Erin MacKenzie                      aware the Department of
insurance is included in your                                             Health recently conducted
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a benefit evaluation survey                evenings, no Sundays) and
for the DIS. We really           Kelly Drummond, PhIP                Stratford Locations (dispensary
appreciate the feedback                                              manager position, approx 30
                                 20 Fitzroy Street
you shared with us and           PO Box 2000 Charlottetown,          hours per week). If you are
the results should be made       PEI Canada,                         interested     in    developing
available early this spring.     C1A7N8                              specialty areas of practice,
In the late fall, Aaron          902-620-3762                        providing patient focused care,
Campbell moved on from                                               working     with     a   strong
his role as the PhIP                                                 technician-pharmacist team and
Director. The PhIP Director              Kelly Drummond,             collaborating with other health
role is currently being filled           PhIP Coordinator            professionals, please apply in
by Alan Toombs, former                                               confidence to:
Director of Pharmacy and                                             Jeannine McQuaid, BScPharm,
Dental Services,                                                     Director, Pharmacy Operations
Department of Social                                                 jmcquaid@murphyspharmacies.
Services and Seniors. Alan       Employment Corner                   com or
brings a great deal of                                               Lauralea Hourihan, BBA
experience to the PhIP           Murphy’s Pharmacies have a          Director, Human Resources
Director role.                                                       lhourihan@murphyspharmacies.
                                 long history of looking after the
There is still a great deal                                          com
of work to be completed          health needs of Islanders and             Murphy’s Pharmacies
and your continued               consist of eight convenient                41 St. Peters Road
feedback is essential to the                                           Charlottetown, PEI C1A 5N1
success of this program. I       pharmacy locations and our               Murphy’s Pharmacies is
welcome and encourage            Compounding Laboratory to                committed to building
your input, particularly on                                           healthier communities on PEI
quality improvements and         serve our customers health care
practical issues related to      needs. We are also proud to
the DIS. We will be
                                 offer supplementary health
                                                                     A note on fees…..
working with the Pharmacy
Board and the Pharmacy           services at Murphy’s Health         Members will notice a few changes
Association to formalize a                                           to the Association membership fee
communication strategy to        Education Centre, Murphy’s
                                                                     structure at renewal time. CPBA
ensure that information is       Home Health Care, and the
being shared and                                                     has waived the handling fee on
                                 Parkdale Travel Health Clinic.
responded to in a timely                                             insurance policies for 2009,
manner.                          To show our commitment to the
                                                                     resulting in a net DECREASE in
                                 community, we are also proud
All technical questions                                              your fees.
should be directed to our        to offer additional services and    GST must now be charged on the
help desk however please         programs at Murphy's                membership portion of your fees &
do not hesitate to contact
me to discuss anything           Community Centre.                   on the store levy.
pertaining to the DIS. I         We are currently growing our
would also be happy to           team and seeking dynamic,
visit any of your locations.     motivated individuals for the
                                 position of Pharmacy Manager.
My contact information is        We invite pharmacists to apply
as follows;                      for our Tyne Valley (no
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                                     will be located in Charlottetown &
                                     the eastern part of the province.
                                     Preparation has been underway for
                                     almost three years. Staff in
                                     Charlottetown & Summerside are         the first week & at the UPEI
                                     working diligently through 12          School of Nursing during the
                                     divisions getting ready to host        second week.
                                     4400 athletes, team officials &        For pharmacists & pharmacy
                                     artists.                               technicians, this is a unique
                                     A polyclinic/infirmary will be fully   opportunity to work in your field as
                                     operational for the 15 days that       part of a collaborative medical
                                     competition takes place. It will be    team. It will likely be 25 years
                                     staffed by volunteer physicians,       before we see the summer games
                                     physiotherapists, nurses and           on PEI again.
                                     pharmacists. The pharmacy              We plan on utilizing two shifts per
                                     located in the polyclinic will be      day from 8-5 and 5-9. However,
                                     open from 8:00am until 9:00pm          this may change from day to day
                                     daily. The polyclinic will be at the   based on accommodating
                                     Atlantic Police Academy during         volunteers’ schedules. We will
                                                                            require one pharmacist and one
                                                                            technician per shift. There will be

PHARMACY VOLUNTEERS                                                         out-patient & in-patient dispensing
                                                                            & prescriptions will be free of
                                                                            charge. Pharmacy software will be
The 2009 Canada Games will be
                                                                            Kroll & we will try to have at least
held on PEI from August 15 to 29.
                                                                            one volunteer on duty with Kroll
These Games will be particularly
unique in that the entire province
                                                                            We will require a number of
will act as host. There will be 18
                                                                            bilingual volunteers. Also, the
sports at 40 different venues from
                                                                            Host Society requires a minimum
Alberton to Souris. The Athletes’
                                                                            of 16 hours for a volunteer to
Village will be at Slemon Park
                                                                            receive Canada Games clothing.
during the first week & UPEI
                                                                            The 2009 Canada Games will be
during the second week. Week
                                                                            THE EVENT of next summer on
one competition will be located in
                                                                            PEI. Come Play With Us!
Summerside & the western part of
                                                                            Rob MacLellan, Pharmacy Chair
the province;week two competition
                                                                            2009 Canada Games:
6 PEI Pharmaceutical Assn               gaps exist, and what your own                  disciplinary matters
                                      individual needs are. By taking                which is superior to other                the time to fully analyze these                policies.
                                      details and make an informed                  Failure to render
                                      decision you can hopefully avoid               proper advice- less
                                      unwelcome surprises in the                     common, accounting for
                                      future.                                        14% of all claims.
                                                                                     Examples may include
                                      What makes the CPBA                            failure to advise of side
                                      professional liability coverage                effects and/or adverse
                                      your best coverage option?                     reactions.
                                           Claims Made Policy-
                                              provides coverage if the      Given anticipated changes to the
                                              policy is in place at the     scope of practice for Island
                                              time a claim is made          pharmacists and upon advice
                                              unlike an occurrence          from CPBA we would recommend
                                              based policy which would      a minimum of PERSONAL
                                              only cover you if the         malpractice insurance of $2
                                              policy was in place at the    million dollars. With pharmacist
                                              time the incident             prescribing being a reality shortly,
                                              occurred. A Claims Made       the requirement for mandatory
                                              Policy like the one           personal malpractice insurance
                                              through CPBA is               may be implemented in PEI, as it
                                              especially useful for         is in other provinces.
                                              anyone just starting their
                                              policy.                       I welcome any feedback or
                                           Tail coverage- provides         questions related to your liability
                                              coverage after the policy     insurance or other malpractice
                                              is stopped (retirement,       issues. Feel free to contact
                                              maternity leave, etc).        myself or Erin at any time at:
                                           “A Rated” insurance   
                                              company- classified as        Regards,
                                              secure and ensures the        ShawnCallaghan,BSc.PharmPhC
                                              fundamental financial
                                              strength and reliability of
                                              the company.                  Economics
Malpractice Insurance and You              No deductible- unlike
(a message from your CPBA                     other policies the CPBA
                                              policy has $0 deductible.     Committee Update
Together with your executive                                                The current contract with
director, Erin Farrell-MacKenzie, I   What types of claims are most
am pleased to be your PEI             common?                               government for PHIP programs is
                                          Dispensing error- most
representative on the Canadian                                              due to expire in 2010.
Pharmacists Benefits                          frequent type of claim,
Association. The past few months              accounting for 46% of all     Consequently, the economics
                                              claims. Also tend to be
have been a great learning
                                              the most significant and      committee has begun regular
experience for me and have
offered a chance to more fully                can result in sometimes       meetings, to prepare for the next
understand the issues                         lengthy and costly
                                              lawsuits.                     phase of government negotiations.
surrounding pharmacist’s liability
and malpractice insurance.                Disciplinary matter-             In an effort to offset the increased
                                              accounts for 35% of all
                                              claims. Our policy            costs associated with the increased
I can’t emphasize enough the
importance of each pharmacist                 provides for up to            number of meetings, a slight
taking the time to fully understand           $50,000 limit to cover
                                              legal expenses on all         increase in store levy was
how their coverage works, what
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proposed and passed at the             and health promotion. To this      health care team. The “Partners
January meeting of the executive.      end, the PEI Pharmacists           for Life” campaign provides us
It is hoped that this will be seen     Association has been asked by      with the opportunity to ‘give
as a fair way to share the costs
                                       Canadian Blood Services to         back’.
among all stores, as we continue
                                       consider joining their “Partners
to work diligently on your behalf to
                                       for Life” campaign.                Expect more information on this
secure an acceptable
                                                                          initiative at our 2009 AGM,
reimbursement model for our
Island pharmacy businesses.            If the PEI Pharmacists             May 1st&2nd, in Summerside!!!
                                       Association were to become a
Store owners are encouraged to         ‘Partner for Life’, pharmacists,
become engaged as this process         pharmacy staff, family
moves forward. Please contact the      members, patients and friends
executive director if you would like   can roll up their sleeves to
to become involved on the
                                       donate blood, on behalf of the
economics committee.
                                       pharmacists of PEI. The
                                       number of units donated per
Alternatively, your input is most
                                       year will be tracked by
welcome, and can be shared with
any of our economic committee
                                       Canadian Blood Services, and

members: Fred Martin, Chair, Rob       the Association will keep
MacLellan, Jeannine McQuaid,           members updated though
Paul Gallant, & Greg Burton.           newsletter communications and
                                       on our website.

Canadian Blood
                                       This is a great way to build
Services Challenge                     relationships with our patients
The PEI Pharmacists                    &/or create unity in our
Association is committed to            workplaces. Most of all, it is a
increasing the profile of our          wonderful way for Pharmacists
profession. Collaborating with         to come together to contribute
other health industry partners is      to the health of our community.
an excellent way to remind the         As pharmacists, we are
public of the important role           fortunate to be seen as highly
pharmacists play in health care        respected members of the

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