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					                         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
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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                                    
consequences of tobacco use;
enjoy smoking and don’t want
to quit; or want to help
someone quit.
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                                 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
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:
appearing in all Island          Remember,                         website:
newspapers. Radio ads             $1 000 000 in malpractice
started airing in the second     insurance is included in your
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                                                                       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
                                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      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                                           Murphy’s Pharmacies
                                 Full Time Staff Pharmacist,
                                       Charlottetown PEI                Pharmacy Technician
Employment                                                                   Position
Corner                                Zellers Pharmacy
                                                                   Jeannine McQuaid Bsc.Pharm
                                                                   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
Maternity Leave(August 08)
Contact: Della Rix
        (902) 853-2808
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                                      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
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!