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October 8, 2015 Printable Version

Meet the New OCP Council

OCP Council President and Vice-President

At their meeting on September 17 and 18, College Council welcomed newly elected members and government-appointed public members to the Council table. A full list of current Council members is available on the OCP website.

Council elected Esmail Merani as President and Regis Vaillancourt as Vice-President for the 2015-2016 Council year. Elections were also held for Committee Chairs and a complete list of Committee Members is available on the College website.


Have You Reviewed the Pharmacy Technicians Practice Tool on the College Website?

Pharmacy Technician Practice Tool

Practice Tools are valuable resources for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians as they bring together relevant information on topics that have been identified as important to practice. There are currently 17 Practice Tools on the College website.

An example is the "Pharmacy Technicians" Practice Tool where you will find:

  • Information that clearly defines "what a pharmacy technician can do," such as performing the final technical check on new and refill prescriptions (note: the therapeutic check of all prescriptions must be done by a pharmacist prior to release to the patient).
  • The legal authority for scopes of practice for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and registered pharmacy students/ interns.
  • A new informative video that illustrates the benefits of integrating pharmacy technicians into the workflow of a community pharmacy.

Access the Pharmacy Technicians Practice Tool now!


Focus on Error Prevention: Visual, Hearing, or Cognitive Impairment Medications

Patient consultation

If you haven’t already, it’s likely that you’ll encounter patients with some form of visual, hearing, or cognitive impairment. This is especially true considering that approximately half a million Canadians are living with significant vision loss that impacts their quality of life.

In the Summer 2015 issue of Pharmacy Connection, the Focus on Error Prevention article highlighted a case we can all learn from. A change in dose to a usual medication for a patient who is visually impaired was dispensed without appropriate communication and documentation – the results could have been devastating. As you will read, there are many lessons and best practices we can all learn from this experience.

Read the article now – Focus on Error Prevention: Visual, Hearing, or Cognitive Impairment Medications

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