Registration renewal rundown

Registration renewal 2020 began on October 24 – therefore we’re over 20 days into renewals!

Here’s a rundown of the percentages of registered pharmacy professionals and licensed pharmacies for 2020 as of November 15*:

  • Pharmacists: 18%
  • Pharmacy Technicians: 30%
  • Pharmacies: 42%

Deadline for registration and licensing renewal is November 30, 2019 at midnight. To avoid unnecessary late fees, please log into your online profile and complete the renewal process before the deadline. Completing registration renewal includes entering your continuing professional development and paying the annual fee. Pharmacists-in-charge must renew their own registration before renewing the pharmacy licence.

 

Upload CURRENT proof of professional liability insurance

Deadline to update your current professional liability insurance is November 30, 2019

Registrants are required to have continuous professional liability insurance coverage in a form and amount satisfactory to NLPB, as outlined in the registration and renewal sections of the Pharmacy Act, 2012 and the Pharmacy Regulations, 2014. During renewal, registrants certify that professional liability insurance has been obtained in accordance with the NLPB Professional Liability Insurance Requirements for Registration and declare that coverage will be maintained throughout the year.

This is a reminder to ensure that proof of current professional liability insurance is uploaded to your online profile before November 30, 2019.

If you have any questions, contact Gayle Johnson at gjohnson@nlpb.ca or (709)753-5877 ext. 104.

 

Is CPR & First Aid required for all pharmacists?

Recently, NLPB was asked if pharmacists who do not provide injection services are required to maintain First Aid/CPR certification.

NLPB standards, for the Safe and Effective Administration of Drug Therapy by Inhalation or Injection, state that current certification in CPR Level C or HCP and Emergency or Standard First Aid from a recognized provider (e.g. St. John Ambulance, the Canadian Red Cross) must be maintained at all times while administering injections or inhalations. Pharmacists are required to submit proof of completion when applying for authorization to provide injections and inhalations. Pharmacists who receive such authorization are required to declare continuance of certification and upload a copy of their current First Aid/CPR certificate, which may be subject to audit. However, NLPB does not require this if a pharmacist does not have authorization to provide injections and inhalations.

Pharmacists should note that the NAPRA Model Standards of Practice for Canadian Pharmacists (adopted by NLPB, see p. 15) states that “pharmacists, when providing patient care, maintain certifications in CPR and emergency First Aid, at the equivalent of the Red Cross Workplace Standard First Aid & CPR Course level.” As self-regulated health professionals, pharmacists are expected to determine the applicability of this standard to the patient care they provide. Pharmacists should apply professional judgment to make this determination with the best interest and safety of their patients in mind.

 

Patient safety tips for purchasing over the counter medications

A pharmacy in St. John’s recently had an incident involving over the counter product tampering. Given this public safety issue, it is a great time to remind your patients of safety tips to use when purchasing over the counter medications (click the link). Do you follow @nlpharmacyboard on Facebook or Twitter? You can share the most recent posts regarding patient safety tips with your followers.

If and when a situation involving public safety like this occurs, please remember to notify NLPB of any information that you have available as soon as possible.

 

Survey of user experience on medication incident reporting

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) is interested in the continuous improvement and evolution of its Community Pharmacy Incident Reporting (CPhIR) system and the National Incident Data Repository for Community Pharmacies. As such, it is undertaking third-party research – broadly, to gather perspectives on pharmacy reporting practice in various settings and more specifically, CPhIR user experiences (both past and present) as applicable.

The primary objective of the CPhIR program and the National Incident Data Repository for Community Pharmacies is to facilitate sharing and learning so that community pharmacies can implement system-based quality improvement strategies to reduce and prevent harmful medication incidents in Canada from occurring.

As part of this research, a survey is being conducted with pharmacy professionals set to launch Friday, November 22, 2019. You will have until 11:00pm (EDT) December 13, 2019 to complete the survey. Click the image below to take part:


 

The first Newfoundland & Labrador Pharmacy Practice Executive Exchange

Coming up in early December is the first ever Newfoundland & Labrador Pharmacy Practice Executive Exchange for NLPB, PANL, CAPT and CSHP. This is an opportunity for the executives, or key representatives, of these groups to come together during an afternoon to network, engage and discuss strategic outlook for the coming year. NLPB will be hosting the event in 2019 and will provide a recap of the discussion and activities taking place once it concludes.

Attendees include representatives from:

  • Newfoundland & Labrador Pharmacy Board (NLPB)
  • Pharmacists Association of Newfoundland & Labrador (PANL)
  • Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians NL (CAPT)
  • Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists NL (CSHP)

 

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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