NLPB Symposium – Only a Few Days Left to Register!

  • Do you know how to respond to an online complaint?
  • Should you accept a friend request from a patient?
  • How can you best promote your pharmacy services online?

Learn more about the world of social media and how to handle these situations during our Social Media and Your Professional Reputation session at this year’s NLPB Symposium.

In addition to Professional Development session, the day will also include the 2018 Annual General Meeting, an Open Forum, and the NL Pharmacy Board Awards Luncheon.

For the full Schedule of Events, see the Symposium Program at: http://nlpb.ca/media/Symposium-Poster-2018-FINAL.pdf

To register for the symposium, click on “Registrant Login” on the main menu, log in using your username and password, and click the blue “Events” button located at the top of the Member Home screen. Once there, click on “View Upcoming Events” and then “NL Pharmacy Board Symposium” to complete the registration process.

We look forward to seeing you there!


New Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-Sterile Preparations

The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) has released new standards on non-sterile compounding. Model standards represent the minimum requirements that must be met regardless of practice site and against which performance can be measured. Note that the model standards are accompanied by a guidance document that has been developed to provide direction on and assistance with implementation.

The NL Pharmacy Board adopted the Standards and Guidance documents in principle at their meeting in February 2018 and committed to striking a committee to work towards establishing an appropriate implementation plan.

In advance of an implementation plan, all pharmacies and pharmacy professionals are encouraged to review the standards against their current practice to determine what may need to change in order to meet the standards. If you are unsure if you are performing non-sterile compounding, consider the following definition of compounding from Health Canada:

“The combining or mixing together of two or more ingredients (of which at least one is a drug or pharmacologically active component) to create a final product in an appropriate form for dosing. It can involve raw materials or the alteration of the form and strength of commercially available products. It can include reformulation to allow for a novel drug delivery. Compounding does not include mixing, reconstituting, or any other manipulation that is performed in accordance with the directions for use on an approved drug’s labelling material.”

Please watch The PostScript and other NLPB communications for more information regarding implementation in the coming months.


Health Canada Introduces New Rules for Pharmacies that Compound APIs for Veterinary Use

Do you provide pharmacy services for veterinarians or pet owners? If so, please note the following important information regarding federal regulation changes that may apply to you or your practice.

Regulatory changes to federal Food and Drug Regulations, meant to ensure the responsible use of antimicrobials in animals, may affect you if:

The increased oversight on APIs for veterinary use require:

  • manufacturing according to good manufacturing practices (GMPs);
  • persons who fabricate, import, package, label and test active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for veterinary use to hold a drug establishment license (DEL); and
  • pharmacists, veterinarians or those compounding a drug under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to hold a drug establishment license (DEL) when importing medically important antimicrobials that are on List A: List of Certain Antimicrobial Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.

Therefore, as of May, 17 2018, you may need to:

  • Be inspected by Health Canada,
  • Comply with GMP, and/or
  • Obtain a DEL (see below regarding transition period).

For more information on next steps and for resources provided by Health Canada on this subject, see the recent post on this subject, posted under Latest NLPB News.


Atlantic Mentorship Network-Pain & Addiction – Upcoming Continuing Education Events

The Atlantic Mentorship Network-Pain & Addiction will host the conference ‘Building a Community of Practice’ on Friday, June 15, 2018 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites St. John’s. To take advantage of the Early-Bird registration and for conference details and registration visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/atlantic-mentorship-network-pain-addiction-conference-june-15-2018-tickets-41752739568.

Topics Include:

  • Non-Pharmacological Approaches in Managing Chronic Pain
  • A Look at the Obstacles & Opportunities in Treating Pain & Addiction
  • Methadone in Palliative Care
  • Nutrition & Chronic Pain
  • Managing Pain & Addiction with Support: A Patient’s Perspective

In addition, The Atlantic Mentorship Network-Pain & Addiction will be offering The Prescribing Course-Safe Opioid Prescribing on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, St. John’s. The intended audience of the course is those who prescribe or dispense opioids in their practice. To learn more and register visit the event website.


Forgot Your Password?

From the main menu, 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.


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.

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