e-Connect

The following is a list of archived issues of the College's electronic newsletter, e-Connect:

Issue 140: November 16, 2018

  • Health Canada's Prescription Drug List: Key Changes for Veterinary Use Drugs
  • Safe Pharmacies Need Psychological Safety
  • Overcome Key Barriers to Practice to Full Scope and Provide Better Patient Care

Issue 139: November 1, 2018

  • College Moves Forward With Province-Wide Implementation of Mandatory Medication Safety Program for all Community Pharmacies
  • Updated Medical Assistance in Dying Guidance
  • Reminder: Publicly Funded Influenza Vaccines for Individuals 65 Years of Age and Older
  • Invitation to Participate in Quality Indicators Webinar

Issue 138: October 19, 2018

  • Reporting Requirements for Medical Assistance in Dying
  • Providing Therapy to Patients With Diabetes
  • Opioid Resources for Pharmacy Professionals

Issue 137: October 11, 2018

  • How Are You Preparing for the New Standards For Non-Sterile Compounding?
  • New Sterile Compounding FAQs
  • Stay Informed on Recalls, Shortages, and Adverse Reactions

Issue 136: September 21, 2018

  • Consultation now open: Proposed bylaw amendments and fee changes
  • Reminder: Mandatory Warning Sticker and Handout to Accompany Dispensed Opioids
  • Seeking Feedback on Draft Opioid Policy
  • Recruiting Community Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians to Participate in Focus Groups


Issue 135: September 14, 2018

  • Ambassador Pharmacies Pave the Way for Medication Safety
  • Flu Season is Approaching; Check Out the Pharmacy5in5 Influenza Immunization Resources
  • A Wealth of Practice Resources at Your Fingertips: CE Listings

Issue 134: August 30, 2018

  • Summer 2018 Issue of Pharmacy Connection Out Now!
  • Provide Your Feedback Today: Veterinarians Act Open Consultation
  • Ontario Pain Management Resources

Issue 133: August 16, 2018

  • Reporting Adverse Reactions to Vaccines and Medications
  • Recruiting Pharmacy Professionals to Help OCP Improve the Website Experience for the Public, Professionals, and Stakeholders
  • What Would You Do? A Patient’s Request for Renewal
  • Code of Ethics Resources

Issue 132: August 2, 2018

  • Mandatory Warning Sticker and Handout to Accompany Dispensed Opioids
  • Identifying Counterfeit or Tampered Fentanyl Patches
  • Test Your Knowledge Now! Pharmacy5in5 Module on Cancer Support
  • Are You Taking Advantage of OCP's Practice Tools?

Issue 131: July 19, 2018

  • Council Election Underway in Districts H and N
  • The Importance of Patient Assessment
  • Test Your Knowledge Now! Pharmacy5in5 Module on Assessing Opioid Prescriptions
  • Overcome Key Barriers to Practice to Full Scope and Provide Better Patient Care

Issue 130: July 12, 2018

  • Sterile Compounding Frequently Asked Questions
  • New Model Standards Apply to All Pharmacies Performing Non-Sterile Compounding
  • Reminder: Participate in the College's Two Open Consultations
  • Register for Social Assistance Verification Portal

Issue 129: June 25, 2018

  • Let Us Know What You Think! Medication Safety Program Supplemental Standard of Practice Consultation
  • Let Us Know What You Think! Standards of Operation for Ontario Pharmacies Consultation
  • Contribute to OCP’s Public-Protection Mandate; Serve on a College Committee!
  • College Publishes a Cannabis Strategy for Pharmacy

Issue 128: June 7, 2018

  • Council Nominations - Are You in District H or N?
  • Close-Up on Complaints: A Fundamental Duty to Put the Patient’s Wellbeing First
  • Pharmacy5in5 Influenza Immunization Resources
  • Are You Keeping the College Informed of Your Place of Practice?

Issue 127: May 28, 2018

  • Spring 2018 Issue of Pharmacy Connection Out Now!
  • Destruction of Controlled Substances: New Health Canada Guidance Documents
  • A Wealth of Practice Resources at Your Fingertips: CE Listings

Issue 126: May 16, 2018

  • Applications for 2018/2019 UIIP Now Open
  • Important Information for Pharmacies Dispensing Methadone
  • Statement on Dose-Splitting
  • Focus on Error Prevention: Calculation Errors

Issue 125: May 1, 2018

  • Protecting Patients Act 2017 – New Regulations Now in Effect
  • Updated Naloxone Guidance for Pharmacy Professionals

Issue 124: April 27, 2018

  • Recommendations for Pharmacists to Help Patients Avoid Unnecessary Medications
  • Health Canada Introduces New Rules for Pharmacies that Compound APIs for Veterinary Use
  • Code of Ethics Resources

Issue 123: April 12, 2018

  • New Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-Sterile Preparations
  • Our 2017 Annual Report is Out Now
  • Proper Disposal of Post-Consumer Medication Return

Issue 122: March 29, 2018

  • Naloxone Nasal Spray Now Publicly Funded
  • Close-Up on Complaints: Patient Privacy
  • Are You Taking Advantage of OCP's Practice Tools?

Issue 121: March 15, 2018

  • Three New Quality Standards Address Opioid Prescribing, Opioid Use Disorder
  • Safety and Security for Pharmacies: Preventing Robberies
  • Overcome Key Barriers to Practice to Full Scope and Provide Better Patient Care

Issue 120: March 2, 2018


  • Preventing Medication Incidents: Helpful Resources
  • Zero Tolerance of Sexual Abuse and Harassment
  • Preparing for Implementation of Sterile Compounding Standards

Issue 119: February 15, 2018

  • Latest Issue of Pharmacy Connection Now Available!
  • Reminder: Accessing and Dispensing Naloxone
  • Abortion Safe Access Zones

Issue 118: February 1, 2018

  • Annual Online Member Renewal Now Available
  • Innovative Learning Platform to Help Pharmacy Professionals Provide Higher Quality Patient Care
  • Focus on Error Prevention: Patient Identity

Issue 117: January 18, 2018

  • Taking Appropriate Care When Handling Opioid Prescriptions
  • Reminder: Your Obligations as Health Information Custodians
  • Your Professional Judgment is Key When Making Tough Decisions

Issue 116: January 4, 2018

  • Launch of OHIP+
  • Reminder: Pharmacists Are Authorized to Provide Additional Vaccines
  • District H By-Election Result

Issue 115: December 15, 2017

  • Prescription Forgery Alert Emails
  • Dealing With Ethical Dilemmas: "What Would You Do?"
  • Video: Integrating Pharmacy Technicians into Community Practice

Issue 114: November 30, 2017

  • Recruiting Pharmacy Professionals for Opioid Strategy Working Group
  • Preventing Drug Loss and Diversion: Expectations of Pharmacy Professionals and Pharmacy Managers
  • By-Election Underway in District H
  • Reminder: Employment Standards Act Consultation is Now Open

Issue 113: November 17, 2017

  • Employment Standards Act Consultation – Now Open
  • New Practice Tool: Practice Assessments
  • Updated Mifegymiso Guidance
  • World Antibiotic Awareness Week: Key Resources

Issue 112: November 10, 2017

  • Pharmacy Connection: Fall 2017

Issue 111: November 2, 2017

  • The College Selects Pharmapod to Implement Medication Error Reporting System
  • Safe Access to Abortion Services Act
  • Call for By-Election in District H (Hospitals)
  • Universal Influenza Immunization Program Key Resources

Issue 110: October 20, 2017

  • Reminder: Nurse Practitioners Can Prescribe Controlled Substances
  • Opioids Practice Tool
  • It's Not Too Late! Volunteer for the First Phase of Ontario's New Medication Safety Program!

Issue 109: October 5, 2017

  • Seeking Feedback on Amendments to the Pharmacy Act (Registration and Quality Assurance)
  • Implementing the Safe Handling of Oral Anti-Cancer Drugs in Community Pharmacies: A Pan-Canadian Consensus Guideline
  • Ensuring the Appropriate Therapy for the Appropriate Patient

Issue 108: September 22, 2017

  • An Opioid Strategy for Pharmacy
  • Please Post Updated Notice to Patients Poster in Your Community Pharmacy
  • Seeking Volunteers for Ontario`s New Medication Safety Program

Issue 107: September 8, 2017

  • Reporting Adverse Reactions to Vaccines and Medications
  • A Wealth of Practice Resources at Your Fingertips: CE Listings
  • Focus on Error Prevention: Identical Drug Identification Numbers
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Register for an OCP Regional Meeting

Issue 106: August 24, 2017

  • Have you Registered for a Regional Meeting Yet?
  • Please Review Mifegymiso Guidance Resources
  • The Four R's of Documentation
  • Live Tweeting September 18 and 19 Council Meetings

Issue 105: August 10, 2017

  • Register Now to Attend an OCP Regional Meeting!
  • Fake Fentanyl Patches
  • Get a Head Start With Ontario's New Medication Safety Program for Community Pharmacies
  • Mifegymiso Now Publicly Funded

Issue 104: August 3, 2017

  • Pharmacy Connection: Summer 2017
  • Save the Date! OCP Regional Meetings 2017

Issue 103: July 27, 2017

  • Reminder: Requirement to Maintain Personal Professional Liability Insurance
  • Let the Framework for Ethical Decision-Making Guide You
  • Practice to Full Scope With These Helpful Videos

Issue 102: July 13, 2017

  • Council Election Underway in Districts M, N and T
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship: Program Comparison Tool and Helpful Article
  • Your Professional Judgment is Key When Making Tough Decisions

Issue 101: June 29, 2017

  • Injectable Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage
  • Reminder: 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Pain
  • ICYMI: Council Approves Implementation of the CQA Program for Medication Safety
  • MAiD Drug Protocol Clinical Service Now Available

Issue 100: June 20, 2017

  • Nominations Close June 21 for the 2017 Council Election
  • DIRC to Offer MAiD Drug Protocol Clinical Service
  • Narcotics Practice Tool

Issue 99: June 1, 2017

  • Applications for 2017/2018 UIIP Now Open
  • Medical Assistance in Dying Care Co-ordination Survey
  • Code of Ethics Infographic
  • New Ontario Health Regulators Website

Issue 98: May 19, 2017

  • New Professional Misconduct Regulations
  • Risk Communication Regarding Mifegymiso
  •  Ontario Passes Legislation on Medical Assistance in Dying
  • Access Our Practice Tools Now

Issue 97: May 12, 2017

  • Pharmacy Connection: Spring 2017

Issue 96: April 27, 2017

  • Ontario Naloxone Program for Pharmacies
  • Nurse Practitioners Can Now Prescribe Controlled Substances
  • 5 Things to Know About Renewing Prescriptions
  • A Wealth of Practice Resources at Your Fingertips: CE Listings

Issue 95: April 13, 2017

  • What Pharmacy Professionals Need to Know About Naloxone
  • Reminder: Guidance for Dispensing Mifegymiso
  • Pfizer Canada Recalls Two Lots of EpiPen
  • Have You Shared Your Feedback on the Proposed CQA Program for Medication Safety?

Issue 94: March 31, 2017

  • Open Consultation: Continuous Quality Assurance for Medication Safety
  • 2016 Annual Report
  • New Educational Video to Help You Practice to Your Full Scope
  • OCP's Pharmacist Assessment Criteria: A Visual Overview

Issue 93: March 16, 2017

  • Guidance for Pharmacy Professionals Who Are Dispensing Mifegymiso
  • Maximizing the Quantity Dispensed for Chronic-Use Medications
  • Nurse Practitioners and Prescribing Controlled Substances

Issue 92: March 2, 2017

  • New Opioids Practice Tool
  • Focus on Error Prevention: Pediatric Patients
  • Practise to Your Full Scope With These Helpful Videos

Issue 91: February 16, 2017

  • Watch the Accountability (Fidelity) Code of Ethics e-Learning Module!
  • A Shared Responsibility for Ethical and Effective Pharmacy Services
  • How Can You Improve in 2017?

Issue 90: February 2, 2017

  • Pharmacy Connection: Winter 2017

Issue 89: January 26, 2017


  • Annual Online Member Renewal Now Available

Issue 88: January 19, 2017

  • Close-Up on Complaints: Pharmacy Technicians’ Professional Responsibilities
  • A Wealth of Practice Tools at Your Fingertips
  • Notice to Pharmacies and Pharmacy Owners Providing Services to Long-Term Care Homes

Issue 87: January 6, 2017

  • Watch the Professional Boundaries Code of Ethics e-Learning Module
  • Upcoming Changes to the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Program Funding of Opioid Medications
  • Coroner's Report: The Pharmacist's Roles and Responsibilities During Transitions of Care

Issue 86: December 15, 2016

  • New Authority for Vaccinations Now in Effect
  • New Code of Ethics Video Practice Example: Applying Professional Judgement

Issue 85: December 1, 2016

  • New Authority for Vaccinations (Effective Dec 15, 2016)
  • OCP Appoints New Registrar
  • New Code of Ethics e-Learning Module and Video Practice Example

Issue 84: November 22, 2016

  • Let Us Know Your Thoughts! Please Complete Our Survey

Issue 83: November 15, 2016

  • Survey: We’re Seeking Your Feedback on Ways to Better Communicate with You
  • Update to Registrar Search
  • Administering Injections Practice Tool on the College Website

Issue 82: November 3, 2016

  • New Code of Ethics e-Learning Module and Video Practice Example
  • Sterile Compounding Standards
  • Narcotics Safety and Security

Issue 81: October 27, 2016

  • Pharmacy Connection: Fall 2016

Issue 80: October 20, 2016


  • Seeking Feedback on Non-Sterile Compounding Standards
  • Continuous Quality Improvement: Learning From Medication Incidents and Near Misses
  • Guidance to Minimize the Loss and Theft of Controlled Substances Within Pharmacies

Issue 79: September 29, 2016

  • Medical Assistance in Dying – Frequently Asked Questions
  • Reminder: Patch 4 Patch Program Launching Oct 1
  • Highlights from the September Council Meeting

Issue 78: September 15, 2016

  • Patch 4 Patch: Mandatory Fentanyl Patch Return Program
  • Another Code of Ethics e-Learning Module Now Available
  • Reminder: Pre-Authorization No Longer Required for Destruction of Narcotics and Controlled Drugs

Issue 77: September 1, 2016

  • New Educational Videos to Help You Practise to Your Full Scope
  • Patch 4 Patch: Mandatory Fentanyl Patch Return Program
  • Focus on Error Prevention: Determining the Clinical Purpose of a Prescription

Issue 76: August 18, 2016

  • Close-Up on Complaints: Clear and Transparent Communication Key When Offering Professional Pharmacy Services
  • A Wealth of Practice Resources at Your Fingertips: CE Listings
  • Becoming a College Assessor for PACE: Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

Issue 75: August 10, 2016

Reminder: Naloxone Available Without a Prescription


Issue 74: August 4, 2016

  • New Regulations to the DPRA Came into Effect August 1, 2016
  • First in the Series of Code of Ethics Learning Modules Now Available

Issue 73: July 28, 2016

  • Pharmacy Connection: Summer 2016

Issue 72: July 21, 2016


  • Council Election Underway in Districts K, L, T, and TH: Eligible Members Cast Your Ballot by Aug 3
  • Interested in Serving on a College Committee?
  • Guidance to Minimize the Loss and Theft of Controlled Substances Within Pharmacies
  • Updated Destruction of Narcotics Fact Sheet

Issue 71: July 7, 2016

  • Pre-Authorization No Longer Required for Destruction of Narcotics and Controlled Drugs
  • College CEO and Registrar Retiring
  • Coroner's Report: High-Risk Patients & High-Risk Medications

Issue 70: June 27, 2016

  • Naloxone Now Schedule II
  • Medical Assistance in Dying: Guidance to Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
  • Novel Synthetic Opioids in Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals and Other Illicit Street Drugs
  • Planning a Trip to the Niagara Area This Summer? Visit the Niagara Apothecary

Issue 69: June 10, 2016

  • Updated Guidance on Physician-Assisted Death
  • Ministry Open Consultation: Patch for Patch Return Policy
  • Helping You Prepare for a Practice Assessment

Issue 68: May 26, 2016

  • Close-Up on Complaints: Medication Reconciliation Key in Transfer of Care
  • OCP Practice Tool Videos
  • CE Coordinator Program Now Managed by OPA
  • Applications for 2016/2017 UIIP Now Open

Issue 67: May 13, 2016

  • Seeking Feedback on Proposed Implementation Timeline for NAPRA’s Sterile Compounding Standards
  • Volunteer College Assessors for PACE Share What They Offered and Gained
  • Feeling Blue? Burnt Out?

Issue 66: May 6, 2016
  • Pharmacy Connection Spring 2016

Issue 65: April 28, 2016
  • A Wealth of Resources at Your Fingertips
  • Community Pharmacists: Invitation to Participate in the Chemotherapy-Related Toxicities Management Survey
  • Follow Us on Twitter

Issue 64: April 18, 2016

  • 2015 Annual Report
  • Focus on Error Prevention: New Drug Therapy
  • CAMH's Pharmacist Guide: Opioid Agonst Maintenance Treatment

Issue 63: April 1, 2016

  • Open Consultation: Administration of Vaccines by Pharmacists
  • Code of Ethics Part 4/4: It's Not About You, It's About the Patient!
  • Dealing With Dispensing Errors: How Effective Communication Can Help

Issue 62: March 17, 2016

  • Focus on Error Prevention: Errors Involving Oral Methotrexate
  • Narcotics Monitoring System: Six Important Tips
  • Designated Managers: Know Your Responsibilities

Issue 61: March 3, 2016

  • [Video] Evolution:The Necessary Shifts in Focus
  • Baseline Assessments Reveal Opportunities for Hospital Pharmacies
  • A Wealth of Practice Tools Available to You

Issue 60: February 22, 2016

  • Pharmacy Connection Winter 2016

Issue 59: February 11, 2016

  • Physician-Assisted Death: Preliminary Guidance
  • Play a Key Role in Developing Future Pharmacists!

Issue 58: February 4, 2016

  • Apply to Become a College Assessor Today!
  • Your Professional Judgement is Key When Making Tough Decisions

Issue 57: January 26, 2016

  • Online Annual Member Renewal Now Available

Issue 56: January 21, 2016

  • Video: Understanding the College's New Practice Assessments
  • Close-Up on Complaints: The Importance of Sensitivity and Communication

Issue 55: January 7, 2016

  • Is it Enough to "Do No Harm?"
  • Get a New Practice Tip Every Week on Twitter
  • Reminder: Only Products Approved by Health Canada Can Be Sold

Issue 54: December 23, 2015

  • Helping You Prepare for a Practice Assessment
  • PharmD Programs Boost Practice-Based Learning

Issue 53: December 10, 2015

  • New Code of Ethics for Profession of Pharmacy
  • Proposed Hospital Fees Reduced by Council
  • December Council Report

Issue 52: November 30, 2015

  • Latest Issue of Pharmacy Connection Now Available
  • Council Meeting Dec 7

Issue 51: November 19, 2015

  • New Educational Videos to Help You Practise to Your Full Scope
  • New Video for the Public: Trust in the Care Your Pharmacist Provides
  • Resource for Methadone and Buprenorphine/Naloxone Dispensers and Providers (Updated)

Issue 50: November 5, 2015

  • Seeking Feedback on Proposed Changes to By-Law No. 3 — Fees and Information on the Public Register
  • Have You Taken Advantage of Our Jurisprudence (JP) e-Learning Modules Yet?

Issue 49: October 22, 2015

  • Code of Ethics Consultation Closing Soon: Let Us Know What You Think
  • A "Red Flag" Situation We Can All Learn From
  • 5 Things to Know about Prescriptions for Buprenorphine/Naloxone

Issue 48: October 8, 2015

  • Meet the New OCP Council
  • Have You Reviewed the Pharmacy Technicians Practice Tool on the College Website?
  • Focus on Error Prevention: Visual, Hearing or Cognitive Impairment Medications

Issue 47: September 24, 2015

  • Seeking Feedback on Proposed Changes to By-Law No. 3 — Fees and Information on the Public Register
  • Seeking Feedback on Proposed Revision to the Code of Ethics

Issue 46: September 18, 2015

  • Hospital Practice Assessments Affecting Positive Change
  • Naturopathic Doctors Can Now Prescribe Certain Drugs
  • Your Professional Obligation to Report Suspected Cases of Child Abuse

Issue 45: September 4, 2015

  • New Video: Integrating Pharmacy Technicians into Community Practice
  • CAMH's New Pharmacist's Guide
  • Keeping Current with Drug Schedule Changes

Issue 44: August 27, 2015

  • Summer 2015 Pharmacy Connection

Issue 43: August 20, 2015

  • New CE Tool on Website a Wealth of Information
  • Focus on Error Prevention — Drug Allergies

Issue 42: August 6, 2015

  • Reminder: Practising to Standards Ensures Quality Care
  • CE Coordinators Needed
  • District N and H Council Election Results

Issue 41: July 23, 2015

  • Reminder: Expanded Scope Manual a Helpful Resource
  • Important Change for Ontario PharmD Graduates

Issue 40: July 10, 2015

  • Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) and Dispensing — Required Training
  • Council Election Underway in District N – Eligible Members Cast Your Ballot by August 5

Issue 39: June 24, 2015

  • Proposed Amendments to the DPRA Approved by Council
  • Code of Ethics Task Force
  • Two New Jurisprudence e-Learning Modules
  • June 2015 Council Report

Issue 38: June 8, 2015

  • Council Nominations — Are You In District H or N?
  • New Educational Videos to Help You Practice to Your Full Scope
  • Transparency: Reviewing our Commitment and Recent Initiatives

Issue 37: May 26, 2015

  • Pharmacy Connection Spring 2015

Issue 36: May 7, 2015

  • Continuous Quality Improvement Benefits Patients in Community Pharmacies
  • Self Assessment Tool Effective in Identifying Opportunities for Professional Development

Issue 35: April 23, 2015

  • Questions on Record Keeping and Scanning Requirements?
  • Reminder: Seeking feedback on proposed changes to the DPRA regulations

Issue 34: April 8, 2015

  • 2014 Annual Report
  • Reminder: Seeking feedback on proposed changes to the DPRA regulations

Issue 33: March 30, 2015

  • New survey on continuing education
  • Reminder: Seeking feedback on proposed changes to the DPRA regulations

Issue 32: March 12, 2015

  • Seeking feedback on proposed changes to the DPRA regulations
  • Changes to College By-Law No. 3 Approved by Council
  • e-Connect Survey: Tell us what you think!

Issue 31: March 5, 2015

  • Community Pharmacists: Invited to participate in the Ontario Narcotics Monitoring System Survey
  • College website offers useful information on Physician Assistants

Issue 30: February 20, 2015

  • Pharmacy Connection Winter 2015

Issue 29: February 5, 2015

  • Final reminder — College seeks feedback on By-law No. 3: Changes to information available on the public register
  • Website offers useful information for questions on changes to Physician Prescribing Status
  • Resources available for methadone dispensers and providers

Issue 28: January 22, 2015

  • Annual online member renewal now available
  • e-Connect celebrates one year anniversary

Issue 27: January 9, 2015

  • Transparency remains a top priority in 2015
  • Reminder - College seeks feedback on By-Law No. 3: Changes to information available on the public register
  • Coming soon: Online annual membership renewal