COVID-19 Vaccinations  – Recording Administration in the Electronic Health Record

Pharmacists are reminded that section 4.i) of the Standards for Administration of Drug Therapy by Injection or Inhalation specifically requires pharmacists to record administrations of vaccinations in the provincial electronic health record. This is done through the Pharmacy Network to help ensure the completeness of provincial vaccination records.  This documentation expectation is in addition to documentation recorded in accordance with section 4.h) and pharmacy dispensing records.

This requirement is also specifically mentioned in the documentation sent from the Department of Health and Community Services pertaining to the COVID-19 vaccination program.

If pharmacists are uncertain about how to properly record the administration of vaccinations, or other injections, in the Pharmacy Network, they should contact the NL Centre for Health Information Service Desk for direction.

Standards of Practice – Upcoming Implementation Deadlines

Pharmacists-in-charge are reminded of the following upcoming implementation deadlines for Standards of Practice:

Pharmaceutical Care to Long-Term Care Facilities

The Standards for the Provision of Pharmaceutical Care to Long-Term Care Facilities will be in effect as of July 1, 2021.  Pharmacists-in-charge at pharmacies where these services are provided should ensure that the pharmacy’s policies, procedures, and practices are in accordance with this standard of practice.
NOTE: This standard of practice is not a replacement for the Standards for the Provision of Pharmaceutical Care to Personal Care Homes; this standard of practice remains in effect as well.

Compounding Standards

The deadline for the next phase of the Implementation Schedule for the Non-Sterile Compounding Standards is December 31, 2021.  Pharmacists-in-charge must ensure that all the requirements of Phase 2 are met by that date, including:

  • Meeting all the requirements of Phase 1
  • Having all Compounding and Cleaning Personnel trained
  • Having a Quality Assurance (QA) Program developed and at least partially implemented
  • Meeting all Level A compounding requirements

 

The deadline for the next phase of the Implementation Schedule for the Sterile Compounding Standards is also December 31, 2021.  Pharmacists-in-charge who offer or intend to offer sterile compounding services must ensure that all the requirements of Phase 2 are met by that date, including:

  • Meeting all the requirements of Phase 1
  • Having all Compounding and Cleaning Personnel trained
  • Having a Quality Assurance (QA) Program developed and at least partially implemented
  • Having Policies and Procedures fully developed

 

Consultation on National Principles of Professionalism for Pharmacy

Professionalism is a fundamental component in the delivery of quality healthcare. Recognizing the importance of a strong culture of professionalism, the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), along with pharmacy professionals and pharmacy stakeholders, has developed eight principles of professionalism.

These principles, applicable to all who work and contribute to the profession of pharmacy, represent the first steps towards enhancing the culture of professionalism in pharmacy practice. A comprehensive paper on the topic of the culture of professionalism in pharmacy has been written and is available for background reading.

NAPRA invites all pharmacy professionals, pharmacy stakeholders, and members of the public to provide feedback on the draft Principles of Professionalism. We invite you to share these documents as widely as possible.

The consultation process will be open between June 4, 2021 and August 3, 2021.

We invite you to provide feedback using the following link: FEEDBACK FORM

Questions about the consultation process can be directed to professionalism@napra.ca.

We sincerely appreciate your input on this important topic.

 

Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine to Remain on the Provincial Drug Schedules Until 2024

In accordance with the NAPRA Policy on Natural Health Products (NHPs), and as previously communicated, all NHPs were to be removed from the Provincial Drug Schedules on January 2, 2022. The removal of the majority of NHPs from the Drug Schedules will proceed on that date with two exceptions: ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. In consideration of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the substance use crisis in Canada, the removal of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine will be delayed to January 2, 2024, to allow time for the federal government to determine the most appropriate risk mitigation measures for these ingredients.

 

 

 

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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