Here’s another guest post by Alex Barker, from the Happy PharmD. A great post for pharmacists looking to polish their resumes.
It is important to protect health information. We all respect our privacy as well as our patients’. Ontario’s health privacy legislation, the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), establishes a set of rules regarding our personal health information (PHI). But here are two scenarios where I feel the privacy act may hinder our abilities to provide seamless care to our patients.
Recently, an advisory council has been established for the discussion of the National Pharmacare. Many stakeholders including pharmacists are not pleased that they have not been part of the advisory council. I understand the frustration. I agree, pharmacists should be part of this important discussion. But I am also disappointed with the CPhA statement on the Pharmacare Advisory Council.
A Facebook picture popped up recently reminding me of my PharmD graduation 10 years ago. While I have been a licensed pharmacist for almost 20 years now, it was only the last 10 years that I have dedicated myself to practicing in a variety of clinical settings.
I got so angry when I learned that atropine 1% eye drops have been discontinued by the manufacturer. For what reason though? My initial instinct is that it must not be profitable to make.
FDA has recently approved the new antidote for reversal of factor Xa inhibitors – Andexxa® (andexanet alfa). This agent can reverse the effects of rivaroxaban and apixaban. It’s only a matter of time that this reversal agent will become available in Canada. So I think it is time to take a closer look at this new antidote and its role in reversing the effects of anti-factor Xa agents.
A Close Look at One Unique Pharmacy in Kingston Ontario
I walk by Graham’s Pharmacy often and wonder why the pharmacy owner would decide to place antiques in front of the pharmacy. Doesn’t it send a message that the pharmacy is old-school, obsolete and not in touch with today’s modern technology? Out of my curiosity, I reached out to David Graham, the owner of Graham’s pharmacy for an interview. He agreed.