After over 30 years at Apothecary Hall, 488 Water Street, the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board (NLPB) is relocating our office to 145 Kelsey Drive, St. John’s, Suite 201. With the expanding scope of pharmacy practice, and a strengthened mission, NLPB has developed office resources and hired additional staff to accommodate this shift. This move will allow NLPB to continue enabling pharmacy professionals to deliver the best possible care for the public. While we will provide continuous communications both up to the moving date, and post move, please remember to create individual reminders and update address records for NLPB.
As for our dear Apothecary Hall, a task force has been struck and Board members are busy investigating the best option for the building, and the James J. O’Mara Pharmacy Museum. Once a decision has been made, NLPB will release an announcement.
Any closures or delays in business operations due to the move will be communicated to you in advance. Please keep an eye on your email, our website and social media accounts for up to date information regarding the move.
Thanks for your patience and cooperation.
New duty to report notifiable communicable diseases
On July 1, 2019, the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act (PHPPA) and Public Health Protection and Promotion Regulations came into force. The PHPPA creates measures for the early detection and management of health risks to the population of Newfoundland & Labrador, including measures to help monitor and minimize the spread of communicable disease.
In order to help monitor and minimize the spread of communicable disease, the PHPPA mandates that pharmacists, and other health care professionals, report suspected or confirmed diagnosis of notifiable communicable diseases. A notifiable communicable disease is one found on the Notifiable Disease List (included below). As a front-line health care professional, you may be the first one to suspect the presence of a notifiable communicable disease in a patient.
The documents below are from the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Please review them to ensure that you are familiar with your new duty to report:
Are you covered? Upload your Professional Liability Insurance Coverage
In accordance with provincial legislation and the NLPB Policy – Professional Liability Insurance Requirements for Registration, all registrants are required to provide proof of continuous professional liability insurance coverage. Each year, when you renew your policy and have received a copy of the new certificate/policy, 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.
Emails to NLPB staff with copies of your documentation will not be accepted – all documentation must be updated and uploaded on your online registrant profile.
Pharmacy technicians wanted for Disciplinary Panel
In May, NLPB sent a notice looking for interested registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to serve as members of NLPB’s Disciplinary Panel. The Disciplinary Panel is a committee of registrants and public representatives who perform an important role in the Complaints and Discipline process. As a member of the panel, you will be one of a pool of individuals who may be called upon to make decisions about complaints filed against pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
Currently, pharmacy technicians are in demand for this role to ensure the perspective of their field is brought to any adjudication tribunal decisions concerning a pharmacy technician’s practice.
Become involved with the work of your regulatory body! Strong reasoning and conflict resolutions skills are an asset. Please put your name forward for consideration as a member of the Disciplinary Panel. Contact Gayle Johnson, Complaints and Quality Assurance Coordinator for more information.
FAQ are there for you!
We have several Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages online. These pages can be found quickly and easily by clicking on one of the main menu topic areas and then picking the relevant FAQ page from the list. They include a number of commonly asked questions related to areas like:
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 Registrant Login to update your file with your new contact information as soon as you can.
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 into your profile, you can change your password.
Receipts & Invoices – 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 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.