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September 1, 2016 Printable Version

New Educational Videos to Help You Practise to Your Full Scope

The University of Toronto, as part of an ongoing research initiative supported by the College, has been producing educational videos to support pharmacists practising to their full scope. Nine videos in total have been produced as part of a program called "Optimizing Patient Care." Three came out in June 2015, three in November 2015, and three more were just released.

The videos have been developed to help you break through barriers, identified from research, that may be challenging you from practising to your full scope and optimizing patient care.

The three videos recently released include:

  • Decision Making & Documentation - Keeping it Simple Part 1
  • Decision Making & Documentation - Keeping it Simple Part 2
  • Motivating Patients to Promote Adherence

Watch these three videos and the others in the "Optimizing Patient Care" series


Patch 4 Patch: Mandatory Fentanyl Patch Return Program

Patch 4 Patch Initiative: Fentanyl Abuse Prevention – A Shared Responsibility

The Ontario government has passed the Safeguarding our Communities Act (Patch for Patch Return Policy) which will mandate requirements for both prescribers and dispensers of fentanyl once regulations are passed.

Pharmacy professionals will need to be prepared to implement a fentanyl patch return program as of the date the regulations are put into place. While the minister has not yet made an announcement on this date, it's likely to be in the fall of this year.

To learn more about the expected requirements of the program, information about the current voluntary Patch 4 Patch program is available at: Patch 4 Patch Initiative: Fentanyl Abuse Prevention – A Shared Responsibility.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.


Focus on Error Prevention: Determining the Clinical Purpose of a Prescription

Patient Consultation

In the Summer 2016 issue of Pharmacy Connection, we outlined two cases that demonstrated the importance of speaking with the patient and gathering the indication for use prior to dispensing a drug.

As a pharmacist, when dispensing medications you must review each prescription for a medication that a patient is taking for the first time to ensure that the medication is the most appropriate for the specific patient and the dose and instructions for use are correct.

In a large number of cases, this cannot be accomplished unless you are aware of the indication for use. The optimal dosage regimen will often be determined by the clinical purpose of the drug.

Read the full article now, "Focus on Error Prevention: Determining the Clinical Purpose of a Prescription," including three important recommendations.

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