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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.

MedsCheck Refresh Webinar Recording and Q&As Now Online
As of October 1, 2016, all Ontario pharmacies are required to use the updated documentation and processes for completing MedsCheck consultations. Pharmacy professionals who have not already done so can access the new documentation forms on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's website.
Last month, OPA co-hosted a webinar with the Ministry to help answer any questions that members had about the changes to the program documentation and processes. Members who were not able to attend either of the webinars can access a recording of the Thursday evening session here. (Please note that depending on your web browser, you may need to download the file before playing.) We have also posted some of the Q&As from the two sessions here.
The Ontario Pharmacists Association, through its participation on Pharmacy Council, has long advocated for opportunities to improve awareness and uptake of the MedsCheck program among patients and healthcare providers. We fully support the enhancements that have been introduced, including standardizing the MedsCheck program documentation and processes, and view these changes as an opportunity to help drive patient outcomes, encourage better uptake among patients and healthcare providers alike, and foster better interprofessional communication.
Looking for a more in-depth review of the MedsCheck changes? The Ontario Pharmacists Association’s “MedsCheck Refresh: Implementing the Revitalized Program” focuses on the key changes in the MedsCheck program and how they can be operationalized in the pharmacy.

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How Would You Manage the Financial Stress That Can Be Created By a Critical Illness? 

An article from February 2016 by Benefits Canada outlined critical illness and how it affects Canadians when it comes to financial stress. The post summarized a report by Great West Life, which concluded that 55 per cent of Canadians worry about the long-term financial difficulties they may encounter, should they be affected by a serious illness.
How can you protect yourself?
The Ontario Pharmacists Association’s critical illness insurance benefit provides everyday living expenses and the independence necessary to make meaningful decisions about physical and financial recovery. For more information on critical illness insurance, visit or call us at (416) 441-0788, option 2 or toll-free (877) 341-0788.

Want to know more about OPA's tailor-made insurance solutions? Check out our video here

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Last Chance to Participate in OPA's Professional Development Needs Assessment Survey - Survey Closes October 7

Is there a specific topic that you would like to see as part of our 2017 professional development lineup? Participate in our Professional Development Needs Assessment Survey to let us know which programs and information you need to grow your clinical, practice, and business-related skills. 

Participate in the survey now. Depending on your responses, this survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will remain open until 4 p.m. on October 7, 2016.

When you participate in the survey, you will have the chance to be entered into a draw to receive free access to OPA's Optimizing the Pharmacy Technician's Role in Pharmacy Practice Canada-Wide online program. For your chance to win, provide your contact information at the end of the survey. 

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Time is Running Out to Register for OPA's Opioid Addiction and Substitution Therapy Live Webinar Series in October

The Ontario Pharmacists Association has two upcoming sessions of its free Opioid Addiction and Substitution Therapy Live Webinar Series covering the following topic:

Frequently Asked Questions about Opioid Agonist Maintenance Treatment
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 and Monday, October 24, 2016 

This series of complimentary, live webinars are designed to inform and update pharmacists on certain specialized areas of opioid addiction and substitution therapy. Pharmacy students and technicians are welcome to attend. 

Click here to register now. 

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OPA's Delivering a Comprehensive Pharmacy-Based Vaccines Program Covers What You Need to Know to Prepare for the New Scope in Ontario!

Proposed amendments to the Pharmacy Act regulation would allow pharmacists to administer select vaccines for 13 diseases. This online program has been developed to provide pharmacists with the knowledge to become a primary source for information and administration of vaccines for each of the 13 diseases.

Click here to find out more or to register. 

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