NL Pharmacy Board Awards – Call for Nominations Deadline March 15, 2019

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. The deadline to submit nominations is March 15, 2019.

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 a reception held by the NL Pharmacy Board on May 3, 2019.

Please consider nominating a fellow pharmacist or pharmacy technician today!


Destruction of Narcotics, Controlled Drugs, and Targeted Substances

As communicated in the June 2018 issue of The Postscript, Health Canada has recently released guidance documents for handling and destruction of unserviceable stock and post-consumer returns:

As NLPB continues to receive questions about destruction of controlled substances, we would like to remind registrants to review the guidance documents above (which are also posted on the Pharmacy Practice Resources page of the website along with template destruction records).

In particular, there seems to be questions around the handling of post-consumer returns. A key change in the guidance for handling of post-consumer returns is that Health Canada no longer requires pharmacists to record specific information about each returned drug. Also, pharmacists do not have to separate controlled substances from other returned prescription or non-prescription medications. Instead, the guidance document requires that ALL post-consumer returns be handled as if they contain controlled substances, regardless of the actual content. Pharmacists should refer to the guidance document above for more information about the documentation, storage, and destruction of post-consumer returns.

Comments or questions about the guidance documents can be directed to hc.compliance-conformite.sc@canada.ca.


Questions and Answers: Prescription Opioids – Sticker and Handout Requirements for Pharmacists and Practitioners

Health Canada has recently updated its bilingual guidance document related to the changes to the Food and Drug Regulations requiring pharmacists and practitioners to affix warning stickers to opioid prescriptions and provide patients with an information handout.

The update provides additional clarity on questions most frequently asked by pharmacists and stakeholders since the warning sticker requirement took effect.

Further questions about the document can be directed to hc.bcansenquiries.sc@canada.ca


Spectrum Antimicrobial Stewardship App

The Eastern Health (EH) Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee is pleased to announce the launch of our first ever electronic antimicrobial therapy recommendations via the Spectrum app!

This app is free to download or use via desktop/web version and contains guideline, pathogen and drug information based on EH Formulary and local susceptibility data. Therapy recommendations are based on established EH guidelines wherever possible and published guidelines/expert opinion in other cases.

Drug monographs have been highly customized for use within EH and the province of NL and include:

  • IV and NG administration directions
  • dose adjustment for renal failure
  • NLPDP and Metro Community IV formulary status

Anyone who is interested in access to this information is encouraged to download the app via the app store (apple or android) or the following link: http://spectrum.md/eastern-health

Therapy recommendations based on local data are a cornerstone strategy of Antimicrobial Stewardship and represent a considerable step forward in promotion of the appropriate use of antimicrobials throughout Eastern Health. Our committee is very excited to make this product available and hope to expand to include more information including pediatric information in the future. Feedback is welcomed and encouraged as content is frequently reviewed and updated. Please contact your local Spectrum app administrators with questions or concerns:

Gerry McDonald (gerry.mcdonald@easternhealth.ca)

Dr. Peter Daley (peter.daley@easternhealth.ca)


Wellspring Leadership Awards for 2019

On behalf of the Board of the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy we are pleased to announce our ongoing commitment to advancing the profession of pharmacy, with a new grant of $10,000 for the Wellspring Pharmacy Leadership Awards.

While pharmacy revenues are being challenged, CFP sees the value in continuing to invest in the future of pharmacy through the development of our leaders.

These annual awards recognize both demonstrated and potential leadership in individuals in the pharmacy profession. Recipients receive up to $10,000 for initiatives that further develop personal leadership through study, experiential learning, or mentorship.

Candidates can nominate themselves or be nominated by others. Click here for the criteria and application form: https://cfpnet.ca/grants-awards/details/award/36

Please send submissions for the 2019 awards by April 12, 2019, to submissions@cfpnet.ca.


Professional Development Webinar

On March 20, 2019 the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador will be offering a webinar for health and helping professionals called “Understanding Hearing Loss”. Participants will learn more about hearing loss and specifically about working with clients/patients with hearing loss.

For more information and to register, visit: https://chhanl.salsalabs.org/helpingprofessionalswebinar2019/index.html Questions can be directed to chhanl@chha-nl.ca or 709-753-3224 ext.227.


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.

©2019 Newfoundland & Labrador Pharmacy Board