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Information Regarding Influenza Vaccine Orders in Preparation for the 2016/17 UIIP

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is implementing a new influenza vaccine distribution pilot for pharmacists outside of Toronto in 2016/17 to assess opportunities to improve influenza vaccine ordering and delivery timelines.   
As part of this pilot, pharmacies outside of Toronto who were approved by the Ministry to participate in the 2016/17 Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) will be able to place their publicly funded influenza vaccine orders shortly with their primary wholesale distributor (i.e., Kohl & Frisch Limited, McKesson Canada, McMahon Distributeur Pharmaceutique Inc., or Shoppers Drug Mart) in order to prepare for the launch of the UIIP in late October 2016. 
If you are a pharmacy outside of Toronto and approved for participation in this year’s UIIP, your primary wholesale distributor will be in touch with you within the next week and a half with further details about influenza vaccine ordering. 
If you are a pharmacy located in Toronto and approved for participation in the 2016/17 UIIP, please continue to place your influenza vaccine orders through the Ontario Government Pharmaceutical and Medical Supply Services (OGPMSS) as per the usual process. 
More information about the 2016/17 UIIP can be found on the Ministry’s website here. For the French site, click here

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Participate in the 2016 National Survey of Canadian Pharmacists - Digital Health Technology: Use and Practice
Ontario pharmacists are invited to participate in a 15-minute survey, developed by Canada Health Infoway in partnership with the Canadian Pharmacists Association, on the use of digital health technology in community pharmacy. The 2016 survey aims to track progress and compile perceptions on access, use and impact of digital health technologies such as e-prescribing and provincial drug information systems (DIS) on your pharmacy practice. Your input is critical to informing and advancing community pharmacy in Canada. All respondents who complete the survey can enter into a draw to win one of two $250 pre-paid Visa cards.

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New Date Announced for OPA's Popular Injections and Immunizations Certificate Program this Fall

Since all past sessions of OPA's popular Injections and Immunizations Certificate Program have filled up quickly, we've added a new session in November to make sure there's time for everyone who's interested in completing injection training to participate!

Register today:

  • November 6, 2016 

The Ontario Pharmacists Association's Injections and Immunizations Certificate Program is recognized by the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) for pharmacists’ injection training. The program addresses the 15 competencies approved and required by OCP: 14 immunization competencies for health professionals approved by the Public Health Agency of Canada; one competency (Essential Competencies for the Injection of Other Substances) approved by OCP.

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Have You Registered for OPA's Pharmacist Health Coaching – Cardiovascular Program Training Course? 

The Ontario Pharmacists Association's Pharmacist Health Coaching – Cardiovascular Program Training Course is specifically designed for pharmacists interested in counselling and supporting patients with hypertension and dyslipidemia, and is mandatory for those who plan to provide Green Shield Canada’s Pharmacist Health Coaching – Cardiovascular Program to their patients.  

The course gives an overview on current management of hypertension and dyslipidemia, as well as lifestyle modifications to optimize therapy. Motivational interviewing concepts are also introduced to help pharmacists identify how to empower patients to improve their overall cardiovascular health.

Click here to find out more or to register. 

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