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November 3, 2016 Printable Version

New Code of Ethics e-Learning Module and Video Practice Example

non-maleficence video practice example

The College recently launched the latest in the series of resources being developed to assist you in understanding and applying the new Code of Ethics in everyday practice.

The third in the series of six e-Learning modules addresses the fundamental principle of non-maleficence (do no harm) and the first in the series of three video practice examples deals with the important topic of patient confidentiality.

The e-Learning module on non-maleficence uses practical examples to help you understand your obligation to not only be diligent in your efforts to protect patients and society from harm, but wherever possible prevent harm from occurring. Like the other modules in the series, a variety of learning techniques including whiteboard video and true and false questions are used to keep you engaged throughout the module.

The video practice example focuses on a common ethical dilemma – in this case relating to the topic of confidentiality – that you may encounter in everyday practice. Using actors to role play the scenario, you are presented with a number of options and asked to select what you believe is the appropriate way to address the issue presented. These short modules conclude with a reflection section that provides guidance and rationale, supported by standards outlined in the Code, for the appropriate resolution to the ethical dilemma.

In approving the new Code of Ethics at their December 2015 meeting, Council established a requirement for all current (and new) pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to declare that they have read and understood the Code in 2017. The College's e-Learning modules and video practice examples are intended to support practitioners in making this commitment.

Watch the e-Learning module (non-maleficence) and practice example (confidentiality) now!


Sterile Compounding Standards

As reported in the Fall 2016 issue of Pharmacy Connection, OCP council has approved both the Model Standards of Practice for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-hazardous Sterile Preparations and the Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Hazardous Sterile Preparations for implementation by January 1, 2019.

The standards will apply in all pharmacies where sterile compounding is done, including drug preparation premises, community and hospital pharmacies. It is recommended that pharmacies begin the process of conducting a gap analysis against the standards, including building an action plan leading to compliance.

College community and hospital practice advisers are in the process of developing a joint plan to align expectations for implementation, building on the baseline reviews of hospital pharmacies completed over the last year and the identification of community pharmacies whose practice includes sterile preparations.

Over the next two years, the College will work with pharmacies and pharmacy professionals who are engaged in sterile compounding throughout Ontario and continue to collaborate nationally with pharmacy regulators to ensure these important standards are met.


Narcotics Safety and Security

The theft and diversion of controlled substances has been steadily on the rise and there is evidence that the misuse of prescription drugs is a factor in other violent and non-violent crimes. It’s therefore important that practitioners take all reasonable steps to protect the narcotics under their control.

In planning the security of narcotics, practitioners should consider a number of factors, including the basic layout of the pharmacy, the procedures that have been implemented to track narcotic inventory, and the systems in place to hire and screen prospective new staff. When it comes to physical security, key factors to consider include the visibility of narcotic storage on shelves, control of any keys required for access to narcotics, and installation of a secure safe, which should be locked at all times.

To learn more about how to safely and securely store narcotics inventory, please refer to the College’s Narcotic Reconciliation and Security Fact Sheet.

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