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It’s That Time of Year: Membership Renewal for 2017 Starts Monday!

It’s almost time to renew your membership and insurance for 2017! Online renewal opens in less than a week – watch your email blasts and our website on Monday, November 28 for more details.
NEW for 2017
In addition to all of the great member benefits that are already part of membership – like exclusive access to OPA’s insurance programs, free access to, and associate membership in the Canadian Pharmacists Association – we’re pleased to introduce new bundles and benefits for 2017!

  • Add professional development to your membership purchase and save! When you purchase our new professional development bundle during your membership renewal, you’ll pay just $249+tax for access to 10 of OPA’s most exciting online professional development programs* – that’s a savings of more than $300!
  • OPA’s new Practice Support Network will give pharmacists access to OPA’s team of experts to help answer practice and policy questions by phone or email.
  • Just for new practitioners – we’re introducing a New Practitioner Year 4 membership category!
Renew your membership to enjoy the benefits that come with being part of OPA.
Important dates
  • December 15 is the early bird deadline. Renew by this date and your name will automatically be entered for a chance to win a free pass to OPA’s Conference 2017**
  • December 31 is when all 2016 memberships expire. If you purchased professional liability insurance through OPA for 2016, your coverage expires on December 31 as well. Renew early to ensure there is no gap in your coverage!

Your OPA membership is about more than just benefits. It’s about being part of a community of more than 9,800 pharmacy professionals who are working together to help evolve the practice of pharmacy and patient care in Ontario. It’s about having a voice in the future of your profession.

We have enjoyed working with you in 2016, and we look forward to having you as a member again in 2017.
*The professional development bundle fee of $249+ tax will be added to your membership and insurance fees.
**Transportation and accommodation not included. Three passes available.

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Save on Your 2017 Subscription to Pharmacist’s Letter Canada and the Pharmacy Technician’s Letter Canada
Starting in 2017, we’re making it easier than ever for you to customize your subscription to Pharmacist’s Letter Canada. All OPA members will be able to subscribe directly to Pharmacist’s Letter Canada using a dedicated web link on the OPA member benefits page. Choose the subscription level that meets your information needs, and get 10% off the advertised subscription rate. Plus, new for 2017, pharmacy technicians can subscribe to Pharmacy Technician’s Letter Canada too!
Existing subscribers: You will continue to get full access to the print and online version of Pharmacist’s Letter Canada through OPA until December 31, 2016. At that time, you can renew your Pharmacist’s Letter Canada subscription using the online system – it will restart as soon as your payment is processed, and will last for the subscription term you select at checkout.
Over the coming weeks, you’ll start to see information about this new process in your OPA email blasts and on the OPA website. If you have any questions about this change, what it means for your existing subscription, or how and when to subscribe/renew, please email us.

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OPA Submissions on Non-Sterile Compounding Standards and on Patients First Act 2016 (Bill 41)
This past week, OPA completed submissions to the Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly on Bill 41, Patients First Act 2016, as well as to the Ontario College of Pharmacists on the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities’ (NAPRA) Model Standards of Practice for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-Sterile Preparations.
On October 6, 2016, Ontario reintroduced Bill 41, more commonly known as the Patients First Act, 2016. The bill aims to improve access to health care for patients and their families with better coordination and continuity, and hopes to bring a greater focus on culturally and linguistically appropriate services. For more information on Bill 41, click here
The Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-Sterile Preparations were developed by NAPRA to help guide compounding pharmacists in evaluating their practice, developing protocols, and implementing quality control procedures – all with the goal of improving staff and patient safety. Find out more here
To view OPA’s submissions:

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Non-Insured Health Benefits Update: Change In Coverage of Higher Strength Long-Acting Opioids in Ontario Region

In order to provide you with up-to-date information, OPA is providing a link to the following Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program change: 

For questions regarding this information, please contact the Drug Exception Centre at 1-800-580-0950. To access information on the NIHB program, visit their website.

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Paperless Drug Card Initiative Update: Additional Reference Tool 

Following the November 17, 2016 eblast in which OPA provided a number of references and tools to assist pharmacists in the implementation of the Paperless Drug Card Initiative, OPA received an additional information sheet that highlights the changes to the way social assistance clients access drug coverage. Click here to access the information sheet.

Members who have additional questions about the Paperless Drug Card Initiative are encouraged to contact OPA

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Last Session of the Year for OPA's Injections and Immunizations Certificate Program - Register Now!

Make sure you're ready to participate in the 2016-17 Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) by getting injection trained with OPA's Injections and Immunizations Certificate Program

  • November 28, 2016 (Ottawa) - last session of 2016! 

Only a few spots remaining - register today to guarantee your spot. 

This 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.

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

Register for this online program to learn about the vaccines for 13 diseases in the proposed Pharmacy Act Regulation. The program consists of a module (10-15 minutes each) for each of the vaccines, as well a module on how to implement a pharmacy-based immunization service, and how to handle adverse events post immunization. 

Click here to prepare for the new scope now!

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