Memo to students & interns

School is back in session!

Memorial School of Pharmacy students are reminded that the deadline to register with the Newfoundland & Labrador Pharmacy Board (NLPB) is September 30, 2019. As the regulator for pharmacy practice in NL, all students and interns are required to be registered with NLPB. Proof of current liability coverage also must be uploaded to your online profile by Sept 30.

First year students – those graduating in 2024 – will receive a user name and password via email. It is mandatory for first year students to provide NLPB a valid criminal check and photo identification.

Graduates of class 2019, please keep in mind that if you have not yet registered as a pharmacist you must register as an intern if you plan on working in a pharmacy in NL. The intern registration form can be found here.

Happy studies and/or safe practicing!
 

Be overdose aware – every day!

August 31 was International Overdose Awareness Day

Pharmacy professionals can play a big part in harm reduction in our communities. NLPB supports prevention of opioid-related harms through Standards of Practice for Providing Naloxone & Opioid Agonist Maintenance Treatment Services.

Check out these other educational resources that can be used to raise awareness of overdose and to help reduce stigma:

 

Evaluating prescribing authority: Midwives

A component of regular pharmacy practice for a pharmacist is determining the eligibility of a prescriber as part of the process for assessing the validity of a prescription.

We recently heard from a pharmacist who inquired about whether or not midwives could prescribe, and secondly asked what a pharmacists’ role in assessing the eligibility of such prescribers was. Given that this is a situation that may arise regularly for registrants we want to share the answer in hopes it can help others in the future.

In this particular case, specific to midwives, pharmacists should be aware of the following:

  • Registered Midwives (RMs) are authorized to prescribe under an Act of the province so the definition of “prescription” in the Pharmacy Act, 2012 is met.
  • It must be certain that the particular RM writing the prescription is indeed an official RM. This can be verified by checking the public register available on the NL Council of Health Professionals website.
  • It must be determined what RMs are eligible to prescribe – what is their scope of practice? This can be achieved by referring to Midwives Regulations and the Standards of Practice for Midwifery Prescribing Medications.

While this case deals specifically with midwives, the prescriber evaluation process listed above will remain similar for determining eligibility of other health professionals.

If you have other practice questions, or have encountered a valuable learning situation that you feel other registrants can benefit from hearing about, email inforx@nlpb.ca with the details.
 

Professional Liability Insurance Audits in October

Attention all registrants: It’s that time of the year again!

Due to the public risk that exists if registrants are practicing without the required insurance, NLPB conducts a professional liability insurance audit each year. In 2018, 16 registrants were non-compliant with NLPB’s professional liability insurance requirements.

Reasons for non-compliance were:

  • Gaps in coverage due to failure to renew, or employment changes; or,
  • Coverage did not meet the specifications of NLPB’s policy for minimum 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, you must upload an electronic copy of your new insurance certificate once you receive it.

If you do not have your insurance information updated on your NLPB profile please do so ASAP. If you have any questions about how to upload documentation and/or the PLI audit process, please contact Gayle Johnson, Complaints and Quality Assurance Coordinator, at gjohnson@nlpb.ca.

 

Exploring the educational needs of Canadian pharmacists

Researchers at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are looking to explore pharmacists’ needs with respect to pharmacy education after completing a first professional degree in pharmacy. They are interested in knowing more about pharmacists’ preferences regarding type and format of educational programing that could be offered to meet the needs of Canadian pharmacists. To participate in the survey, please click here.
 

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:

 

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 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 NLPB that all registrants are aware of the matters contained therein.

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