NLPB Office Update

With the move to Level 2 of the provincial COVID-19 Alert Level System, NLPB staff have returned to working from the NLPB Office on Kelsey Drive. However, the office remains “closed” to non-staff members, except by appointment only, at this time. If you need to visit the NLPB Office, please call 753-5877 or email to make an appointment before visiting.

We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Sonya Doran to our team as Office Administrator (Leave Replacement). Sonya comes to us from the Powell Group of Companies and has experience in human resource management, as well as office and business administration. Sonya will replace Meghan Handrigan while she is on leave for the next 12 months. We also note that Communications Specialist, Amanda Martin, and Legal Counsel, Natalie Payne, are also on leave at this time.

2020 Board Elections–Cast your vote!

Voting is now open for NLPB Zone 5 (Hospital) and Zone 7 (At Large) Board Member Elections. The elections are held through our secure and confidential elections portal.

  • To access the election portal, visit and click on Registrant Login
  • Once logged in, click on the link called View Candidates and Cast Your Vote

The deadline for casting your vote is 11:59 pm on August 7, 2020. The successful candidate will be announced at the NLPB Annual General Meeting (date to be announced in the coming weeks).

Call for Interest: Pharmacy Practice Advisory Committee

NLPB is seeking interested registrants to serve as members of our Pharmacy Practice Advisory Committee. If you’d like to play a part in shaping the NL pharmacy scope of practice in the interest of patient safety, then this might be a role for you!

We currently have openings for:

  • One community pharmacist
  • One hospital pharmacist
  • One pharmacy technician
  • *all applicants must be currently registered with NLPB

Role of committee:

  • Develop, review and make recommendations regarding standards of practice related to the scope of practice of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
  • Develop, review and make recommendations regarding implementation plans and strategies to assist registrants with meeting standards of practice and the expectations of contemporary pharmacy practice.
  • Review and make recommendations regarding the Code of Ethics.
  • Consult, as it considers necessary or appropriate, with registrants or other individuals who have relevant expertise.

Meetings are normally held at a time and place suitable to the committee. Teleconference is often utilized but if in-person meetings are required, travel and other associated expenses are reimbursed.

If you have any questions about the committee’s roles and responsibilities, please contact Melanie Healey, Associate Registrar-Professional Practice, at

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please submit your name, contact information, a brief bio, and a few lines about why you’d like to be a member of the committee to

Thank you in advance for your interest in serving your profession.

Clarification Regarding Medication Labelling Requirements

Recently, NLPB has received questions from registrants regarding the requirement to label medication containers that are contained within an outer package – for example, inhalers or eye drops.

Generally speaking, products contained within an outside container/package are expected to be appropriately labelled with all of the required information outlined in Section 3.6 c) of the Standards of Pharmacy Operation – Community Pharmacy (SOPO-Community). Furthermore, section 3.6 d) states that in the case a drug container is too small to accommodate a full label, a trimmed prescription label may be affixed that contains the minimum information – including prescription number, dispensing date, patient name, and medication name. The smaller product container should then be placed in a larger container/package with the complete prescription label and the patient should be counselled to keep the small container inside the larger one.

This requirement is intended to support patients in getting the most benefit from their medication by ensuring that the instructions for use are readily available for reference, even if the outer packaging is discarded inadvertently.

Memo from College of Registered Nurses of NL

Please see the attached MEMO from the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador regarding prescriptions written by interim nurse practitioners.

Provincial Opioid Dependence Treatment (ODT) Centre of Excellence- Stay up-to-date!

The provincial ODT Centre of Excellence regularly distributes practice resources, newsletters, webinar invites, and other information pertinent to the treatment of opioid use disorder. If you would like to join their distribution list, contact Chelsea Hynes at 709-752-4298 or and she will add you to their list of over 600 contacts representing different stakeholder groups throughout the province.

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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