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If you have trouble accessing any of the information in this OPA Bulletin, or if you have questions about any of the information contained in the bulletin, please email the OPA communications department.

 

Tell Us What You Think: Health Canada Narcotics Inspections

Prior to OPA Board meetings, we’re asking all members to weigh in on key issues affecting pharmacy practice today. Your input will play a valuable role in our Board discussions.

This month’s topic is Health Canada narcotics inspections. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts by participating in a short online survey.

Click here to participate.

The survey will take approximately five minutes to complete and will be available until end of day on November 18, 2016.
 
Please be assured that your responses will be reported in aggregate and will not be attributed to any one individual member. We will be sharing an update from the Board meeting, as well as the survey results in the weeks following the Board meeting.

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Information Regarding the Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV) and Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (IIV) for Children

There have been recent changes in the recommendations for the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) for children and adolescents in both Canada and the United States. 

The attached fact sheet from Public Health Ontario outlines the changes, the reason for the changes and the recommendations regarding LAIV and the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV). 

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OPA is Looking for Golf Committee Volunteers - Apply Today!

The Ontario Pharmacists Association is currently looking for volunteers to join the OPA Golf Committee! Committee members will help plan and promote the annual charity golf tournament. To read the full posting or to apply, click here

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Prepare for the New Scope in Ontario with OPA's Delivering a Comprehensive Pharmacy-Based Vaccines Program

The Ontario Pharmacists Association's Delivering a Comprehensive Pharmacy-Based Vaccines Program online program will equip pharmacists with the knowledge to become a primary source for information and administration of vaccines for 13 diseases in the proposed Pharmacy Act Regulation. This includes vaccinations for haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, herpes zoster, human papillomavirus, Japanese encephalitis, meningitis, pneumococcal disease, rabies, tuberculosis, typhoid disease, varicella virus and yellow fever.

Click here to find out more or to register. 

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Considering a Career in the Long-Term Care or Residential Care Pharmacy Sector?

The Ontario Pharmacists Association's Orientation to Pharmacy in Long-Term Care and Residential Care Facilities online program is an introductory course to long-term care (LTC). The goal is to provide participants with an overview of the LTC and residential care sectors, describe the nature of pharmacy practice as it pertains to these practice settings, and familiarize participants with some of the key regulatory requirements and terminology common to these practice environments. Strategies to minimize adverse drug reactions and optimize medication use in older persons, and basic principles of medication therapy management (MTM) in elderly patients are also addressed.
 
We acknowledge the participation and support of the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy in the development of this program.

Click here to find out more or to register. 

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