“Pharmacy Technician” – A Restricted Title

Registrants, pharmacists-in-charge, and pharmacy owners are reminded that, in accordance with the Pharmacy Act, 2012, the use of the “pharmacy technician” designation is restricted and protected. Only those registered with the NL Pharmacy Board as pharmacy technicians may be given this title or be referred to as pharmacy technicians. If you employ other unregulated support staff in your pharmacy, they may be called “pharmacy assistants” or be given another title.


Update to the Standards of Practice – Medical Assistance in Dying

The NLPB Medical Assistance in Dying Standards of Practice has been revised to reflect changes to the Federal Criminal Code that were assented to on March 17, 2021. Registrants are asked to review the document, which can be found on the NLPB website under Provincial Standards of Practice.


Tramadol – Amendments to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Legislation

Recent evidence has shown that tramadol, an opioid pain reliever, poses the same risks of potential dependency and problematic use as other opioids, such as morphine.  As such, the Government of Canada decided to pursue regulatory amendments that would provide additional safeguards around the use of tramadol to help prevent problematic substance use and other harms, while also protecting access to these medications for patients that need them.

These amendments to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Narcotic Control Regulations were published on March 31, 2021 and will come into force on March 31, 2022, to provide stakeholders time to implement any changes required to comply with the new regulatory requirements. At that time, products containing tramadol will be subject to the same restrictions and documentation expectations as other CDSA Schedule I medications, such as opioids.


CAPT National Professional Development Virtual Conference 2021

May 29-30, 2021

The Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians National Professional Development Conference is taking place May 29th and 30th virtually for all pharmacy technicians and assistants across Canada; with a great lineup of speakers and topics this year! (Accreditation pending)

Virtual Conference Program

Register Today – www.capt.ca

$50 CAPT Members | $75 Non-Members


SaferMedsNL: Improving Medication Use Across Newfoundland and Labrador

SaferMedsNL is a deprescribing project developed by the Department of Health and Community Services, Memorial University, and the Canadian Deprescribing Network that launched in January 2019. The goal of this initiative is to decrease the use of potentially inappropriate medications and improve the quality of life of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

The initiative’s three-year plan has been adapted to allow sufficient time to bring public awareness to the benefits and harms of sedative-hypnotics. As such, the year two focus of sedative-hypnotics will now extend for the remainder of 2021.

Through SaferMedsNL, both healthcare providers and patients can access evidence-based tools and resources to facilitate approaches to deprescribing, improve both patient and healthcare provider competency for reducing inappropriate medications, and provide the opportunity for deprescribing via meaningful discussions between healthcare providers and patients.

Visit their website for a list of resources.


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 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 Online 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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