Final Reminder for Pharmacy Technician Bridging Program Appeal Applications

This is a final reminder that applications for appeal to the Pharmacy Technician Bridging Program deadline must be received in the NLPB office no later than Friday, January 12, 2018.

To apply for the appeal, download and complete the Pharmacy Technician Registration Appeal form, posted on the Authorization & Registration Information For Registrants page of the NLPB website.

The Pharmacy Technician Appeals Committee will meet on January 15 to review the applications and make their recommendations to the Board at their meeting on February 2. Applicants will be notified individually of the decision after that date. Consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate that they were acting in good faith to meet the registration deadline.


Questions Related to Physician Suspension / Withdrawal From Practice / Retirement

We are regularly asked by pharmacists whether or not they are able to continue to fill prescriptions from physicians who are no longer or not currently practicing. Of course, this question comes up even more frequently shortly after a physician passes away or retires, as it has recently. The following FAQ is posted along with many others on the Frequently-Asked Questions About Pharmacy Practice page of the website and is re-printed below for your convenience.

  • How should I handle new prescriptions or requests for refills when a prescriber passes away, retires or otherwise ceases practice?

    Historically, it was felt that since the prescriber-patient relationship no longer exists and the patient is no longer under the practitioner’s care, the prescription should be no longer considered valid. However, this is not always practical in today’s world, since it can often take an extended period of time for a patient to obtain the services of another primary health care provider. In many cases, a prescriber will intentionally write prescriptions for a period of time that extends beyond his or her retirement to specifically cover off such situations.

    Technically, as long as the prescriber was licensed at the time the prescription was written, it can be assumed that the prescription was written in good faith. As such, as long as the prescription is not more than a year old, it would still be considered a legal prescription. The real question in this instance is whether filling or re-filling the prescription is appropriate – which needs to be assessed on case-by-case basis.

    Therefore, the Board advises pharmacists who receive such requests that it is their professional responsibility to evaluate the appropriateness of the prescription in each individual situation, considering questions related to patient assessment and the patient’s best interests. Questions to consider include, but are not limited to:

    • How long ago was the prescription written? Was it intended to be a short-term therapy?
    • Is the medication for a condition that is considered to be chronic or long-term? If so, does the patient have an established stable, compliant history with the medication?
    • Is the patient unable to visit a new primary health care provider in a timely manner?
    • Is the patient at an increased risk of harm by filling or refilling the medication? (Or conversely, is the patient at an increased risk of harm if the medication is not provided?)
    • If the prescriber was still practicing, would I have consulted with the prescriber for any reason before filling or refilling the medication?
    • Is there another option? Would providing an interim supply or prescription extension, be appropriate, if indicated?

    Regardless of the pharmacist’s decision, the patient should be advised to find a new or interim prescriber as soon as possible.


Save the Date – NLPB Symposium

Registration will soon be open for the 2018 NLPB Symposium, to be held at the Comfort Inn Airport in St. John’s on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The day will include the 2018 Annual General Meeting, a Professional Development Program and the NL Pharmacy Board Awards Luncheon. Registrants will be notified via email with direction on how to register for the symposium along with more details on the agenda for the day.


NL Pharmacy Board Awards – Call for Nominations

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://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 12, 2018 during the NLPB Symposium.

Please consider nominating a fellow pharmacist or pharmacy technician today!


2018 Registration Statistics

As of January 2018, there are 719 registered pharmacists in the province. This includes 479 community pharmacists, 126 hospital pharmacists, 80 relief pharmacists, and 34 pharmacists who are classified as “other” which includes academia, government, consultancy, etc.

There are currently 212 licensed pharmacies in the province, of which 195 are community pharmacies and 17 are hospital pharmacies.

In 2015, NLPB registered three pharmacy technicians, followed by seven pharmacy technicians registered in 2016. In 2017, 135 pharmacy technicians were registered, with approximately 50 applications currently pending appeals.


Please Double-Check Your Contact information

Registrants are asked to ensure that the contact information they provide for themselves and the pharmacy is accurate at all times. The NLPB primarily uses email communication to send newsletters, renewal reminders, practice site assessment notifications and related paperwork, professional development audit information, calls for interest for committees, and other alerts (e.g. reports of lost or stolen TRPP pads). If the email address on file is incorrect, important information may be missed and/or disclosed to the wrong person.

If your contact information changes at any time, please be sure to update your file with your new contact information at that time bu looking in to the Registrant Portal – you do not need to wait until the next renewal cycle.

Registrants are also reminded that they are obligated to check their email on a regular basis so that important notices do not go unread.


Forgot Your Password?

From nlpb.ca, click Registrant Login. Under the Login box, click the message that says, “Forgot your password? Click here to restore it.”

On the next screen, enter your NLPB username if you know it, or the email address on your file. Click Retrieve. In a few minutes you will receive an email with your username and password. Once you’re logged in to your profile you are able to change your password if desired.


NLPB Receipts

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.


Atlantic Mentorship Network

Registration for the 2018 Atlantic Mentorship Network – Pain & Addiction St. John’s Conference is now available. The conference, titled ‘Building a Community of Practice’, will take place on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the ALT Hotel St. John’s. There is a great line-up of speakers this year. Further details can be found in the conference brochure or by visiting the conference website.

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.

©2018 Newfoundland & Labrador Pharmacy Board