COVID-19 Vaccine Regulations

As a follow-up to the email sent to registrants last week regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine Regulations filed October 22, 2021, under the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act, NLPB is providing additional clarification of the regulations as they pertain to pharmacies and registrants.  The regulations require that any individual who is employed by or provides services to a business that contains a pharmacy must be fully vaccinated by December 17, 2021. Businesses that contain a pharmacy include but are not limited to mass-market retailers, grocery stores, traditional pharmacies, and self-employed registrants. These regulations apply not only to registrants, as indicated in the previous email communication, but also to all staff of the business containing the pharmacy, such as pharmacy staff, front-store staff, inventory management staff, janitorial staff, and in fact, anyone who enters the premises to provide service to the business, such as cleaning or IT services.

NLPB is providing this information as a courtesy to registrants but is not involved in the development or administration of the legislation. As such, questions pertaining to the application of the regulations should be directed to the provincial government’s Business Response Team at: businessresponseteam@gov.nl.ca.

In addition, as of November 15, 2021, any person visiting the NLPB offices will be required to provide proof of vaccination or proof of an approved medical exemption upon entering the office.

NLPB Office – COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

Effective Monday, November 15, 2021, any person visiting the NLPB offices will be required to provide proof of vaccination or proof of an approved medical exemption upon entering the office.

 

Ivermectin – Not Authorized to Prevent or Treat COVID-19

Health Canada has advised that Canadians should not use either the veterinary or human drug versions of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19, as there is no evidence that it is safe or effective when used for those purposes.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board is advising registrants not to dispense any prescriptions for ivermectin prescribed to prevent or treat COVID-19 and to report the prescribing practitioner to the appropriate regulatory body.

NLPB would like to commend those registrants who have demonstrated appropriate professional judgment in these instances to ensure patients receive evidence-based care.

Preventing Medication errors – COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccines

With two important vaccine campaigns happening simultaneously this fall, immunizers should take special care to anticipate and prevent medication errors. Registrants participating in both vaccine campaigns are reminded to confirm which vaccine the patient is to receive and to perform a final check on the vial before administering the medication.

 

Project ECHO NL: Opioid Use Disorder – Upcoming Sessions

Project ECHO NL: Opioid Use Disorder, is a virtual community advancing care and treatment for opioid use disorder in Newfoundland and Labrador. The goal is to help primary care providers and their teams build capacity in the treatment and management of opioid use disorder.

This project offers free, virtual learning sessions using an interactive, web-based platform to link healthcare providers with an interdisciplinary team of mentors with expertise in managing substance use care.

ECHO sessions are designed around case-based learning and mentorship and support healthcare providers in gaining the knowledge and skills required to provide needed services in their regions.

The primary audience for Project ECHO NL: Opioid Use Disorder is prescribers (family physicians and nurse practitioners) and pharmacists. The secondary audience is other healthcare professionals providing care for individuals with opioid use disorder, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, social workers, and addictions counsellors.

Upcoming Sessions

Cycle 1 will include 11 sessions held every three weeks between October 2021 and May 2022.

Session 3: TBA
November 23, 2021 – 8:30–9:30AM (NDT)

Registration is free but required. Registration is completed on a per-session basis.
To register, please contact Chelsea Hynes at chelsea.hynes@easternhealth.ca

ECHO sessions are one hour, held every three weeks on a rotating schedule of Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. NDT.

Session 3 November 23, 2021 8:30 a.m.– 9:30 a.m. NDT
Session 4 December 14, 2021 12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m. NDT
Session 5 January 11, 2022 8:30 a.m.– 9:30 a.m. NDT
Session 6 February 1, 2022 12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m. NDT
Session 7 February 22, 2022 8:30 a.m.– 9:30 a.m. NDT
Session 8 March 15, 2022 12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m. NDT
Session 9 April 5, 2022 8:30 a.m.– 9:30 a.m. NDT
Session 10 April 26, 2022 12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m. NDT
Session 11 May 17, 2022 8:30 am – 9:30 am NDT

 

More information about Project ECHO NL: Opioid Use Disorder, including frequently asked questions, can be found online here.

 

Annual Registration and Licensing Renewal – FAQs

NLPB’s annual renewal period began last week, at which time all registrants were notified by email that the Member Portal is open for renewals. The deadline to renew both registrations and pharmacy licences is November 30, 2021. Below are common inquiries that we receive from registrants regarding the annual renewal period, which you may find helpful.

 

Q: How do I recover a forgotten password?

A: Click the “Forgot your password? Click here to restore it” link on the Registrant Login page: https://nlpb.in1touch.org/login.html. Type in the email address associated with your NLPB account on the Recover Password page and click the “Retrieve” button. You will receive an email with your secure login information.

 

Q: Why is the “Renew Now” button not appearing on my profile

A: In order for the “Renew Now” button to appear on your profile, your account must be active, you must have entered a minimum of 15 CEUs (7.5 of which must be accredited sources), and you must have paid any outstanding invoices. Please check that none of these issues are preventing you from renewing prior to contacting NLPB. If you have done so and the “Renew Now” button still does not appear on your profile, then please contact the Registration department at NLPB’s main office.

 

Q: Can I claim my PEBC Exam as my required 15 CEUs for the 2022 renewal?

A: In accordance with the Professional Development Requirements for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, if you received notice of successful completion of the PEBC examination in 2021, you may claim one of the following:

  • 10 CEUs for successful completion of Part I only.
  • 5 CEUs for successful completion of Part II only.
  • 15 CEUS for successful completion of both Part I and Part II ( please note that notification of successful completion of Part I and Part II must have both been received in 2021 to claim the full 15 CEUs).

 

Q: I am a Pharmacist-in-charge; how do I renew the pharmacy licence?

A: You must first renew your personal pharmacist registration before you are eligible to renew the pharmacy license, as a licence can only be issued to a registered pharmacist for the upcoming year. Once you have renewed your own registration, log in to your pharmacy profile account using the separate username and password that you received from NLPB by email.

 

Q: How do I pay my renewal fee?

A: The last screen in your online renewal is a payment page. You can enter a Visa or MasterCard number to pay by credit card or you can select “Invoice Me” if you will be paying later by cheque or money order. We do not accept e-transfer or debit payments. Registration is not complete until all fees are paid.

 

Newfoundland & Labrador Pharmacy Museum Board of Directors

The Newfoundland & Labrador Pharmacy Museum is currently seeking to fill Board member positions to establish the Board of Directors for the Newfoundland & Labrador Pharmacy Museum Inc. Volunteers interested in the preservation of the history of healthcare, building a sense of community, and enhancing tourism opportunities in the province are encouraged to apply.

The Board of Directors will work in a collaborative environment to provide the Museum Manager with oversite and direction for the daily operations of the Newfoundland & Labrador Pharmacy Museum. The museum is seeking a diverse group of professionals to fill the Board positions, comprised of arts/museum/tourism professionals, retired or active pharmacy professionals, and other professionals with experience in, but not limited to, fundraising, financial management, human resources, administration, event planning, technical expertise, and risk management. Board members will serve a 2- or 3-year term and be expected to meet once every 6-8 weeks for the first year of establishment.

For more details, please visit nlpharmacymuseum.com/board-of-directors. Interested persons can submit an expression of interest in the form of a cover letter or résumé to Deanna Walter, Museum Manager, at info@nlpharmacymuseum.com.

 

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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