Proof of Continuous Professional Liability Insurance Coverage
Upload your documentation to your online registrant profile
In accordance with provincial legislation and the NLPB Policy – Professional Liability Insurance Requirements for Registration, all registrants are required to provide proof of continuous professional liability insurance coverage. Each year, when you renew your policy and receive a copy of the new certificate/policy, you must upload an electronic copy of this documentation to your registrant profile. If you are uncertain how to do so, please click on this link for instructions: How to Upload Documents.
Emails to NLPB staff with copies of your documentation will not be accepted – all documentation must be updated and uploaded on your online registrant profile.
First Aid/CPR Certification for Administering Injections
While earlier in the pandemic, first aid providers temporarily suspended in-person courses and extended existing certifications through September, NLPB has been informed by a number of the providers that they are back up and running and will not be offering any further extensions.
In accordance with the Standards for the Safe and Effective Administration of Drug Therapy by Inhalation or Injection, pharmacists must provide proof of current certification in CPR Level C or HCP, and Emergency or Standard First Aid from a recognized provider at the time of application to administer, and are also expected to maintain current certification at all times while administering inhalations or injections.
Extended Registration as an Intern
Pharmacy interns are reminded that in order to continue to practice in the capacity of an intern following completion of the NLPB Internship Period, you must apply to NLPB to extend your registration as an intern.
If this application is not received and approved, your registration will lapse following the completion of the approved internship period. This means that you would not be permitted to continue to practice as an intern and would be expected to restrict your duties to those associated with unregulated pharmacy personnel such as pharmacy assistants and clerks.
For access to the Application to Extend Registration as a Pharmacy Intern visit the Authorization and Registration Information for Registrants page of the website.
Pharmacy Interns Administering Injections
Pharmacy interns are reminded that if they intend to apply for authorization to administer injections once registered as a pharmacist, they should ensure that they are using the Pharmacy Intern Record of Injections form to document each injection administered during their internship. This document will be submitted, along with the rest of the required documentation, to demonstrate that the intern has remained competent in this scope despite the fact that it has been more than one year since the initial training was completed.
Pharmacy Interns are also reminded that, if administering an injection, they must:
- be registered as a pharmacy intern with the NLPB (including maintaining appropriate professional liability insurance);
- have successfully completed an education and training program on the administration of injections that has received CCCEP competency-based (stage 2) accreditation OR all education and training on the administration of injections are part of the pharmacy program core curriculum;
- have 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); and,
- be under the direct supervision of a pharmacist who has received authorization from the NLPB to administer drug therapy by inhalation or injection.
For more information about this or other elements of an intern’s scope of practice, see the “Questions about Pharmacy Intern Practice” section of the Frequently-Asked Questions about Pharmacy Practice page.
Prescription Monitoring Program Compliance
As recently communicated by the NL Centre for Health Information (NLCHI), it has been noted that pharmacist compliance with section 8.(2) of the Prescription Monitoring Act has been quite low. As a reminder, this section of the Act states that
Pharmacists are reminded that this is a legal requirement that cannot be delegated and is not replaced by the computerized drug utilization review (DUR).
A number of pharmacists have questioned whether or not the PMP requirements apply to the dispensing of medications related to opioid agonist maintenance treatment (OAMT) (daily and take-home doses) and the answer is – yes, it does. OAMT medications are not exempt from the PMP requirement noted above. In addition, the NLPB Standards for Safe and Effective Provision of Opioid Agonist Maintenance Treatment states that, prior to releasing each OAMT dose, pharmacists are expected to review the patient’s local profile, the Pharmacy Network profile, Administration Log, and any other applicable information necessary to determine that it is safe and appropriate to provide the patient with the prescribed dose.
Towards Recovery – Public Survey
The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information, in support of the Department of Health and Community Services, has launched a survey to monitor and evaluate the activities and results of Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador.
The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and the results will be used to improve mental health and addictions services in Newfoundland and Labrador. Responses are anonymous and will only be reported in the overall survey results, not individually. Responses will be kept confidential.
Click HERE to complete the survey or, to complete the survey over the phone, call 1-833-367-5168.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Karly MacLeod at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date!
- 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.