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Important Information about Flu Vaccine Allocation and Ordering
 
The Ontario Pharmacists Association has heard from a number of members who are having difficulty accessing allocations of flu vaccine through their various wholesalers as part of this year’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP). We are working closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as well as the Canadian Association for Pharmacy Distribution Management (CAPDM) to resolve any supply issues and we will provide more information as soon as possible.
 
In the meantime, OPA has been asked to remind members about changes to the ordering process which were put in place for the 2016-17 UIIP. Flu vaccine is no longer to be ordered by individual dose. Instead, orders are to be placed by unit, with each unit consisting of 10 doses. So, pharmacies that require 10 doses would need to order 1 unit; for 100 doses, an order of 10 units would be placed. There is a cap on vaccine orders of 20 units (200 doses), unless approval for a larger quantity has been granted by the wholesaler and Public Health. Pharmacy team members are asked to review all orders to ensure that they reflect actual supply needs.
 
We will continue to monitor this situation and update members if and when new information becomes available, and members can direct any questions about this year’s UIIP to uiip@opatoday.com.

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Get Involved at OPA - Volunteer for the OPA Golf Committee!

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

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Have Your Seen Our Latest Blog Post on Flu Shots?

The Ontario Pharmacists Association has a new blog post about this year's flu shot, written by one of our DIRC pharmacists. Read it here.

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Last Chance to Register for the Third Party Audits Program!

The Ontario Pharmacists Association's Third Party Audits program is a one-day workshop focusing on the audits conducted by private payors. In addition to the didactic sessions, participants will work on interactive cases at the end of each presentation to translate knowledge into practice, and learn from their peers.

  • November 5, 2016 (Toronto)

Only a few spots remaining - register today

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Only Two Sessions Left for OPA's Opioid Addiction and Substitution Therapy Live Webinar Series in 2016

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

How to handle missed doses in Methadone Maintenance Treatment in Community Pharmacy
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 and Thursday, November 10, 2016 

Click here to register now.

These complimentary webinars are made available through funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

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Focus on Collaborative Care at 2016 Better Breathing Conference

The 35th annual Better Breathing Conference, organized by the Ontario Lung Association, the Ontario Thoracic Society, and the Ontario Respiratory Care Society, is being held from January 26 to 28, 2017, at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. The event brings together healthcare professionals from many disciplines who are all focused on respiratory health. Find out more here

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Changes to the Medavie Blue Cross Managing Chronic Disease Program

Medavie Blue Cross has revised their Managing Chronic Disease Program. Find out more here

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