SaferMedsNL: Improving Medication Use Across Newfoundland and Labrador

The Department of Health and Community Services, Memorial University, and the Canadian Deprescribing Network are currently developing a deprescribing project entitled SaferMedsNL. The goal of this initiative is to decrease the use of potentially inappropriate medications and improve the quality of life of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

SaferMedsNL is a three-year initiative that will focus on reducing the inappropriate use of proton pump inhibitors in year one, sedative-hypnotics in year two and opioids in year three. Through SaferMedsNL, both healthcare providers and patients will have access to evidence-based tools and resources to facilitate approaches to deprescribing, improve both patient and healthcare provider competency for reducing inappropriate medications, and provide opportunity for deprescribing via meaningful discussions between healthcare providers and patients.

SaferMedsNL will officially launch this month. The SaferMedsNL website will soon be available for healthcare providers to explore the inventory of resources and tools available to mobilize knowledge and promote deprescribing across Newfoundland and Labrador.


NAPRA is Recruiting for its Board of Directors

The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) is a not-for-profit association that serves an alliance of provincial and territorial pharmacy regulatory bodies as well as the Canadian Forces Pharmacy Services. NAPRA’s members regulate the practice of pharmacy and operation of pharmacies in their respective jurisdictions in Canada and their primary mandate is to serve and protect the public.

A Board of Directors – consisting of a representative from each pharmacy regulatory authority in Canada, as well as several additional members – governs NAPRA. The Board supports the work of NAPRA by providing oversight, leadership and strategic advice. Day-to-day operations are led by NAPRA’s Executive Director. The Board is accountable to the organization’s members. The NAPRA Board is currently looking to recruit two or three members to its Board.

The Role

  • Serve as a member of a collegial, consensus-based governing body that is committed to the effective regulation of pharmacy and the protection of the public.
  • Bring and apply your skills, expertise and perspectives to the collective decision making of the Board.
  • Actively prepare for and participate in meetings of the Board, including reviewing documentation, asking questions, providing strategic guidance and advice, and following through on commitments.

Qualifications

The NAPRA Board is looking for candidates who are analytical and critical thinkers, and who have strong interpersonal communication skills, an ability to think strategically and have previous experience serving on a governing board. An ability to read and understand financial statements and/or business experience is required, as is an interest in, understanding of, and commitment to NAPRA’s mandate.

NAPRA is particularly interested in receiving applications from those who bring particular business expertise (e.g. finance or accounting, public relations or communications, human resources, policy development, professional ethics etc.) and a patient-perspective. In addition, NAPRA is interested in receiving applications from pharmacy technicians.

For more information or to apply, visit: https://napra.ca/news-notices/napra-recruitment-posting-board-directors.


The Pharmacy Network Newsletter

Did you know that the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information produces a regular newsletter specific to The Pharmacy Network? These newsletters include many helpful hints and tips that can help a pharmacy professional’s day run more smoothly. Pharmacy Network users are informed via broadcast message when a new newsletter is published. You can also find back issues on the Pharmacy Network website at: https://www.nlchi.nl.ca/index.php/ehealth-systems/healthe-nl/pharmacy-network.


The Prescribing Course – Safe Opioid Prescribing

The Atlantic Mentorship Network-Pain & Addiction will be hosting The Prescribing Course – Safe Opioid Prescribing on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Josiah Squibb Memorial Pavilion at the Carbonear Long Term Care Centre. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-prescribing-course-safe-opioid-prescribing-tickets-53807266984.


Professional Development Week (PDW) 2019

The Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Pharmacy is proud to be hosting Professional Development Week (PDW) 2019. Delegates will gather in St. John’s from January 9th to 12th, 2019 at the newly renovated Delta St. John’s Hotel and the St. John’s Convention Centre.

The theme of the 31st conference is “Exploring New Depths,” as we further explore the rapidly changing pharmacy profession. As young professionals, we are just skimming the surface of our careers, and there is still much to discover below the surface.

For the first time, PDW is opening conference registration to pharmacists and technicians! With a wide variety of sessions, social events, and networking activities, there is something for everyone at PDW 2019. For more information and to register, visit: www.pdw2019.com or contact Sarah at educationpdw2019@capsi.ca, with any questions.


Regular Reminders

Registrant Contact Information – Registrants are responsible for ensuring that the contact information on their registrant profile, including email address and practice site, is accurate at all times. The NLPB primarily uses email communication to send newsletters, renewal reminders, practice site assessment information, professional development audit information, calls for interest for committees, and other alerts. 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, please log into the NLPB Online Registrant Portal to update your file with your new contact information as soon as possible.

Proof of Continuous Professional Liability Insurance Coverage – In accordance with provincial legislation and the NLPB Policy – Professional Liability Insurance Requirements for Registration, all NLPB registrants are required to provide proof of continuous professional liability insurance coverage. Each year, when you renew your policy, once a copy of the new certificate/policy is received, you must upload an electronic copy of this documentation to your registrant profile. If you are uncertain how to do so, please click on this link for instructions: How to Upload Documents.

Forgot Your Password? – You can retrieve your NLPB Online Registrant Portal password at any time. 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 your email address. Click “Retrieve”. In a few minutes, you will receive an email with your username and password. Once you are logged in to your profile, you can change your password, if desired.

Receipts & Invoices – Did you know that NLPB’s Registrant Portal maintains all receipts created by the system. If, for any reason, you need a receipt or to view an invoice, you can do so at any time from your registrant profile. Once logged in, click on “Renewal Other/Invoices” and then select either “view invoice” or “print invoice” next to the one you are interested in.


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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