PEI PHARMACISTS ASSN NEWSLETTER February 2008 For members, friends and supporters of the PEI Pharmacists Association Introducing a New Award for AGM 2008 2008: The Annual General Meeting of Award The Wyeth Apothecary the PEI Pharmacists Association will be held at our Annual Nominations Award As in previous years, the The first award in Canada that Awards & CE Conference, May specifically recognizes 23rd to 25th at the Rodd Association is seeking nominations for the following pharmacists who have Charlottetown Hotel. completed advanced training Following our Joint awards, to be presented at our Annual Awards and CE or education (e.g., Certified conference with PANS in Diabetes Educator) and have September, members were Conference: successfully expanded their surveyed to find out their practice as a result. Wyeth will preference for timing and venue Sunshine Award: The pharmacist who is friendly over award to each winner a $1,000 for our 2008 conference. bursary to be donated to the Respondents favored a May and above the call of duty and is customer service focused. pharmacy school alma mater, conference at an Island venue. advanced training program, or As a result, an exciting Rookie of the Year: New grad who has become involved in disease-based charity of his or Continuing Education and her choice Awards Banquet Weekend community and pharmacy is being planned, with lots activities. Community Service Award: Please take a moment to of family functions, golf, nominate a worthy recipient for entertainment and awards. Pharmacist who is very involved in community activities. these awards. Our members Registration packages and deserve recognition for their more information will follow Honorary Life Membership: contributions to our Profession! this Spring. Looking forward Pharmacist with long term to seeing YOU there!!! involvement in the profession both nationally and provincially. PAW - 2007: Meritorious Service Award: President’s Note Our Association is very pleased Pharmacist who is involved in As my term as President draws to announce the coordinators for provincial pharmacy activities to a close, I would like to thank the 2008 Pharmacy Awareness plus community activities that the executive for their dedication Week, taking place March 3rd - benefit the profession. to our Professional Association. 9th, 2008. Crystal MacEachern Certificate of Recognition: This is an exciting time for and Kilby Rinco have agreed to Pharmacist who has contributed Pharmacy, as health professions take the lead in planning this to provincial pharmacy activities move toward collaborative important event. Please contact over and above the call of duty. practice. Without an active Crystal or Kilby with any Whitehall Robins Bowl of Hygeia: Association, Pharmacy would be Pharmacy Awareness Week Awarded annually to an Island left behind! Please consider ideas you may have. Pharmacy pharmacist for outstanding becoming an active member of Awareness Week is our chance professional and community the Association. We need all to inform the public and other service Island pharmacists to take an stakeholders of the important interest in promoting our role of the Pharmacist in patient profession to stakeholders! care and education. ~~Mary Ellen Rennie 2 PEI Pharmaceutical Assn Smoker’s Helpline Pharmacists, physicians, Dalhousie Pharmacy How the Smokers’ Helpline Endowment Fund dentists, nurses and others Fax Referral Program Works need only identify a patient Since 1988, the Dalhousie interested in quitting. A brief Pharmacy Endowment Fund has The Fax Referral Program is a fax referral form is completed supported the development of service for healthcare (including a signed consent) programs and research projects practitioners interested in which is then faxed directly to that benefit the profession of helping their patients stop the Smokers’ Helpline. Once Pharmacy in Atlantic Canada. smoking. In as little as three the referral is received, a Quit The Fund is always looking for minutes you, as a practitioner, Specialist will initiate a call innovative projects to support, can help your patient by based on the patient’s and would like to see more asking about his or her expressed availability. All calls applicants from the community tobacco use and readiness to follow Smokers’ Helpline setting. quit. Clients can be referred to protocols. Your patient will The deadline for application is the Smokers’ Helpline for receive evidence-based October 1st. assistance in quitting. tobacco use cessation A mentorship program is counselling along with available for those who have a The PEI Smokers’ Helpline is information and materials great idea for a project, but don’t a toll-free service that offers according to his or her needs. know how to get started, or for an immediate connection to a those who are unfamiliar with Quit Specialist. Counseling is For information, promotional the grant application process. free, readily available, non- materials and fax referral For more information, please judgmental and supportive. forms, contact Aileen Petrie, contact Erin MacKenzie, Support is available to those coordinator of the PEI Executive Director of the who are ready to quit; are Smokers’ Helpline at 902 566- Dalhousie Pharmacy thinking about quitting; want 4007 or toll-free at 1 866-566-40 Endowment Fund at information on the health email@example.com consequences of tobacco use; enjoy smoking and don’t want to quit; or want to help someone quit. 3 PEI Pharmaceutical Assn week of January and will membership fee. Drug Information continue for the remainder The Association is always System of the transition period. An looking for committee members. Your involvement initial supply of brochures (DIS) and hand-outs for the public will enrich your professional life and be a great benefit to have been provided to each your Profession. Interested On January 1, 2008, the store with more to come as parties can contact the Pharmaceutical Information implementations Association for more Act and Regulations commence. information. officially came into force on In December, confidentiality Current vacancies include: PEI. The Act requires forms required under the Insurance Committee, Act were sent to pharmacy Economics Committee, PAW pharmacists to submit all owners and managers. Committee. dispenses to PEI residents to the Drug Information Please note that Form 4 Executive Committee; System (DIS). January 1 (signed by all staff) should President-Mary Ellen Rennie through to March 31, 2008 be kept in your store files President Elect- Terry Walsh has been established as a and only the completed Councilors: Jeannine transition period towards full Form 5 (signed by McQuaid, Anne Cairns, implementation of the DIS. owner/manager) is to be Angela Doucette, Grant faxed to Kelly Drummond, Wyand & Betty Hutt, hospital All Drugs All rep. The DIS People (ADAP) Economics Committee: Project Team Rob MacLellan, Fred Martin, continues to Coordinator. Terry Walsh, Jeannine work with the for DIS go-live. McQuaid, Kerry Murphy, Ken pharmacy Ramsay software vendors to Drug information System support their Advisory Committee: implementation. Our Your Association Laura Bowness, Jeannine current focus is on McQuaid & Patti Taylor obtaining specific schedules Wants YOU! Pharmacy Awareness Week; from your vendor for Crystal MacEachern & Kilby connecting each of their Involvement in your Rinco, Co-chairs PEI stores to the DIS. This professional Association has Insurance Committee: is necessary to ensure the many benefits. You have the Erin MacKenzie availability of technical opportunity to have your voice support from the DIS heard in decisions affecting PEI Pharmacists Assoc. Project Team for each your profession. Have a say in Contact Information: the direction the Profession of Erin MacKenzie, store’s go-live. Executive Director Pharmacy will take in PEI, by PEI Pharmacists Association joining the PEI Pharmacists Our public education PO Box 24042 Association today! Stratford, PE C1B 2V5 campaign kicked into high Membership forms are Phone / Fax 902 367 7080 gear in December with ads included in this package. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org appearing in all Island Remember, website: newspapers. Radio ads $1 000 000 in malpractice www.peipharm.info started airing in the second insurance is included in your 4 PEI Pharmaceutical Assn Montague Pharmacy Murphy’s Pharmacies Pharmachoice Part & Full-Time Pharmacist Now hiring full and part-time Positions pharmacists Murphy’s Pharmacies, an Island owned and operated Contact: Paula Williams independent pharmacy chain, (902)838-5444 invites pharmacists to apply for Medicine Shoppe both part-time and full-time Summerside positions. We offer opportunities to develop Are you interested in specialty areas of practice, practicing pharmacy in a CHECK OUT OUR provide patient focused care, professional environment? Are work with a strong technician- you tired of working nights, PEI PHARMACISTS pharmacist team and Sundays and holidays? ASSOCIATION collaborate with other health WEBSITE! professionals. Please apply in The Medicine Shoppe in Hits to our confidence to: Summerside is looking for a PEI Pharmacists permanent full or part time Mr. Ray Murphy pharmacist. Association President Website have been Murphy’s Pharmacies Hours would be 9:30 to astounding, with over 2,679 41 St. Peters Road 5:30 Monday to Friday, 2 Charlottetown, PEI C1A 5N1 hits in just 6 months!! This (902) 566-1130 Saturdays per month (10AM- service to our members has email@example.com 4PM ), no nights, Sundays or enhanced communications Holidays and provided easy access to Shoppers Drug Mart #104 employment opportunities, A competitive benefit newsletters, updates and Montague, PEI package would be included. more! Membership forms are Interested parties can contact This would also require travel ready to download from the Trent Jay at (902) 838-2561 to our O'Leary location 2 days site so, if you are not yet a per week. member JOIN TODAY! Sobeys Pharmacy Employment postings can be Interest may be directed Opportunities with Sobeys to Greg Burton made by contacting the Pharmacy Group (902) 436-4436 Association office. Check us Full Time Pharmacy Manager, out now at www.peipharm.info Murphy’s Pharmacies Charlottetown Full Time Staff Pharmacist, Charlottetown PEI Pharmacy Technician Employment Position Corner Zellers Pharmacy Jeannine McQuaid Bsc.Pharm Charlottetown Director of Pharmacy Operations Alberton Pharmacy ~Full or part-time pharmacist Murphy's Pharmacies Temporary Pharmacist 13 Stratford Rd. Contact Wally Kowalchuk Stratford, Prince Edward Island Positions: (894-7804) PE C1B 1T4 ~ February 22nd - March 1st (902) 569-3006 ~ March 31st - April 12th firstname.lastname@example.org Maternity Leave(August 08) Contact: Della Rix (902) 853-2808 5 PEI Pharmaceutical Assn information will remain with the Questions and pharmacy you currently use Might as well laugh as… Answers during and after the A pharmacist is going over the The Association makes every implementation of the DIS.” directions on a prescription bottle effort to respond to inquiries with an elderly patient. "Be sure received by members and This message is meant to be a “Common Message” that not to take this more often than supports of the Association. every 4 hours," the pharmacist Often, if one person asks, several pharmacists can provide to their patients. It can be posted in the says. "Don't worry," replies the others are wondering the same. Dispensary area to proactively patient. "It takes me 4 hours to Here are some frequently asked address patient queries, should get the lid off". Q & A’s. Feel free to send yours along for future newsletters! your pharmacy be so inclined. ************************* #2 I am hearing a lot about A man goes in for an interview for #1 My patients are hearing a a job as a TV news broadcaster. lot of media coverage Mandatory Malpractice The interview went quite well but regarding the Insurance. Am I adequately the trouble was he kept winking implementation of the Drug covered? and stammering. The interviewer Information System. My said, "Although you have a lot of The Association has always the qualities we're looking for, the store is not yet live. How advocated that pharmacists fact that you keep winking and should I respond? require individual malpractice stammering disqualifies you." insurance, to protect both The Association and pharmacist themselves, and their patients. "No problem," said the man. "If I representatives of the DIS Mandatory malpractice insurance take two aspirin I stop winking Advisory group have sent a for Pharmacists is becoming the and stammering for an hour." “ strong message to Government norm in Canada, with Ontario regarding the communications most recently implementing this in “Show me," said the interviewer. involved with the roll out of the Jan 2008. DIS. Pharmacists should not be Many practitioners have So the man reached into his put in the position of explaining questions regarding coverage. pocket. Embarrassed, he pulled the Act to the public. As a result, out loads of condoms of every an extensive communication The most common question variety - ribbed, flavored, colored campaign has been underway, received by this office has been, and everything before he found involving radio ads, print “Is the coverage provided by my the packet of aspirin. He took the materials and poster signage. Pharmacy Chain Sufficient?” aspirin and soon talked perfectly The Department of Health has Provinces such as Nova Scotia and stopped winking. implemented a toll-free number to and Ontario stipulate that you answer any questions (1-877-577- must have PERSONAL The interviewer said, "That's 3737, Monday through Friday, 8:30 professional insurance issued in amazing, but I don't think we a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), and have your name, for reasons including: could employ someone who'd be suggested the following response ~Coverage is mobile and is with womanizing all over the country." to patients wondering about the you wherever you should practice status of the DIS in your store: within the Province "Excuse me!" exclaimed the man, You want to be sure that you "I'm a happily married man, not a “From January 1 to March 31, coverage stays with you, even if womanizer!" 2008, the Drug Information you leave the company "Well how do you explain all the System (DIS) will be phased in to ~Covers you for advice given condoms, then?" asked the all pharmacies. The full benefits outside your workplace (to a interviewer. of the Pharmaceutical Information neighbour, at a cocktail party, on Program will the soccer field, etc) The man replied, "Have you ever not be realized until all gone into a pharmacy, pharmacies are connected to the All pharmacists should be stammering and winking, and DIS. A complete picture of a covered by personal malpractice asked for a packet of aspirin? patient's profile in the DIS may insurance. It is for your own take up to a year however protection and the protection of historical medication your patients!