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Action on IV pantoprazole shortage

July 9, 2024
 
  


In this collaborative reference document, CSHP and the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology make specific recommendations on how to handle the current shortage of IV pantoprazole. This shortage, affecting the Canadian market due to backorders from the primary suppliers, is expected to persist until October 2024. In the interim, healthcare facilities are encouraged to implement conservation strategies, such as transitioning from IV to oral pantoprazole, restricting IV pantoprazole use, and considering intermittent dosing to manage the shortage effectively. This letter underscores the importance of these measures to ensure the prolonged availability of this essential medication.

CSHP has requested that Health Canada consider other IV options for approval, including making another IV alternative available in the Canadian landscape.

Read the joint letter

Read the recommendations
  


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July 09, 2024
Action on IV pantoprazole shortage

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Advocacy in Action: July 2

July 2, 2024
 
  

What's happened

Ongoing, Health Canada Drug Shortages Meetings

Through participation at these meetings, CSHP is continuing to monitor these ongoing drug shortages 
  • June 17 Tier Assignment Committee: Shortages of Pantoprazole Injection  
  • June 19 Tier Assignment Committee: Shortages of Epinephrine Injection Prefilled Syringes 
  • June 20 Tier Assignment Committee De-escalation: De-escalation of Potassium Chloride for injection 
  • June 26: Discontinuation of Zovirax (acyclovir) Suspension  

June 19, GS1 Canada Pharmacy Deployment Committee Meeting 

CSHP has joined GS1 Canada’s Pharmacy Deployment Committee. This collaboration aims to promote global standards-based practices and peer-to-peer sharing within the pharmacy community, focusing on accurately identifying medications throughout the supply chain through automation and global standards adoption.

What's happening

June to July, NAPRA Consultation on Modernization of Drug Schedules

CSHP will be wrapping up a consultation on two of NAPRA’s potential models for non-prescription drug (NPD) scheduling and their respective terms of sale for inclusion in the updated program. Thank you to all members who have offered their insight on these topics.

June to July, Health Canada Consultation on Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

CSHP is  drafting a response to a Health Canada consultation on the proposed Controlled Substances Regulations and related amendments to other federal regulations, including the Cannabis Regulations, as published in the Canada Gazette, Part I. Outreach for input from Branches and Members at-large on this consultation is currently in progress.

July, Health Canada Consultation on Food and Drug Regulations and the Medical Devices Regulations

Health Canada recently released Building resilience: Health Canada’s plan to address health product shortages, 2024 to 2028. This publication is a result of extensive public and stakeholder consultations in 2023 and outlines their proposed regulatory and non-regulatory actions they will be taking to mitigate and prevent shortages of drugs and medical devices over the next four years.  

As a result, they will be making amendments to Food and Drug Regulations and the Medical Devices Regulations and have asked CSHP to consult on their proposed amendments. CSHP National is drafting a response and will seek input from Branches and Members at-large on this consultation prior to submission. 

What's worth repeating

June 12, Multilateral Meeting with Health Canada 

CPO Rita Dhami participated in a multilateral meeting with Health Canada. While in attendance, she received updates from the various divisions of Health Canada including the Marketed Health Products Branch, the Pharmaceutical Drugs Directorate, the Health Product Compliance Directorate, and the Biologic and Radiopharmaceutical Directorate as well as some policy updates. 


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June 27, 2024
Advocacy in Action: July 2

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Fellows Recognition Committee accepting applications for Fellow status - 2024

June 26, 2024
 
CSHP Fellow status is a peer recognition that is conferred upon CSHP members who have demonstrated noteworthy, sustained service in CSHP and excellence in pharmacy practice in a hospital or other collaborative healthcare settings.
 
The Fellows Recognition Committee is currently inviting qualified candidates to apply to be considered for Fellow status.
 
If you wish to apply to the program, please consult the program overview and criteria.


Applicants are encouraged to perform a self-assessment and consult with a colleague who has recently been conferred with Fellow status before deciding to complete and submit an application. Please take note that the application process takes time. Interested candidates are encouraged to begin filling out the Fellows Application Form well in advance of the deadline. All requests for information and completed applications are strictly confidential.   

Any questions can be forwarded to Pamela Saunders by email at fellows@cshp.ca

The application deadline is July 31, 2024.

June 26, 2024
Fellows Recognition Committee accepting applications for Fellow status 2024

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National Indigenous Peoples Day: Resources for Pharmacy Professionals

June 21, 2024
 
 
 
In recognition of National Indigenous History Month throughout June and in commemoration of National Indigenous Peoples Day today, we are excited to share a wealth of resources tailored for pharmacy professionals.  
 
This initiative is presented in conjunction with the Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada (IPPC) and CSHP's National Indigenous Peoples Day presentation on Truth and Reconciliation in Hospital Pharmacy.  
 
CSHP aims to provide everyone with essential tools and information to deepen their understanding of Indigenous health and empower them with the knowledge to actively combat anti-Indigenous racism in pharmacy and healthcare settings. 

Resources 

Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada website 
IPPC recently launched their own website which is full of information about the work that the organization does, assorted opportunities for Indigenous pharmacy professionals and members, information on upcoming events, and more! 

National Indigenous Peoples Day presentation on Truth and Reconciliation in Hospital Pharmacy
On June 21, Amy Lamb, Executive Director of IPPC, delivered a pre-recorded session discussing healthcare biases, culturally safe care, and Indigenous health research. The event was hosted live by CSHP Past President Sean Spina, and Kirsten Fox who are both founding members of the IPPC Board. Watch the presentation below!

Multilateral efforts for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (2023)
In observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada (IPPC), CAPSI, CPhA, and CSHP pledged to address and prevent inequities faced by Indigenous patients. As a community we supported Indigenous led, culturally safe practices through a social media campaign based on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's health Calls to Action, urging recognition, funding, and goal setting. Click here to read these posts and learn more about how you can help fulfill these calls to action! 

Movement Forward with Truth and Reconciliation within Hospital Pharmacy 
As part of our 2023 Hospital News special section, Amber Ruben from Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada authored an article that provides crucial insight from an Indigenous pharmacy professional and provides ways that allies can help move pharmacy towards Truth and Reconciliation.   
 
Resource spotlight: Indigenous History Month (2022) 
This Resource Spotlight offers materials to aid pharmacy professionals in enhancing their cultural competency and clinical expertise regarding the unique health needs of Indigenous patients. 

Standing Against Injustice and Working Towards Reconciliation in Health Care
As part of an executive commentary in CJHP, the 2021 CSHP Executive reasserted their commitment to addressing systemic racism in healthcare, particularly against Indigenous peoples, and outlined the steps members can take to create inclusive, equitable environments, including anti-racism training and advocacy for Indigenous cultural safety. 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Resources (2021)
Emphasizing the importance of recognizing and reflecting on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation every September 30, this piece urges pharmacy professionals to reflect on colonialism's impact and healthcare inequities, and to engage with resources for ongoing reconciliation efforts. 

Centering Indigenous voices in CSHP's advocacy work 
This call to action from CSHP underscores its commitment to dismantling systemic injustice in healthcare, emphasizing the need to centre and amplify the voices and leadership of Indigenous members. 

Indigenous Health and Reconciliation in Pharmacy 
In 2019, Dr. Jaris Swidrovich led a comprehensive webinar exploring various Indigenous communities, detailing past and present government policies affecting Indigenous health, and discussing prevalent health challenges within these communities. The session also included practical examples of cultural safety and a summary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, with suggestions for how pharmacy professionals can respond to the TRC Calls to Action.

 
 
June 21, 2024
National Indigenous Peoples Day: Resources for Pharmacy Professionals

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CPRB News -  June 2024

June 18, 2024
 
 

Pfizer Award Winners – Year 2 Residencies

The Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) wishes to congratulate Hazal Babadagli (Alberta Health Services – Cardiology) and Shazia Damji (Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services, Internal Medicine) the winners of the Advanced (Year 2) Pharmacy Residency Award sponsored by Pfizer Canada.  Their research manuscripts were: " Pharmacist-Led Follow-Up Program for RurAL Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients: The PLURAL-ACS Pilot Program” (Babadagli) and “Prioritizing Quality Over Quantity: Defining Optimal Pharmacist-to-Patient Ratios to Ensure Comprehensive Direct Patient Care in a Medical or Surgical Unit” (Damji).

The Advanced (Year 2) Pharmacy Residency Award recognizes pharmacy residents whose research projects are judged to be most deserving in terms of significant innovation, practical application, and/or development of pharmacy practice. The CSHP Pharmacy Residency Award consists of a $1,000 prize.
To be eligible, each candidate must:
  • Be a current member of CSHP;
  • Be currently enrolled in or one-year post-completion of a Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board (CPRB)-accredited (or accreditation-pending) Advanced (Year 2) Pharmacy Residency program;
  • Submit an award application to the CSHP, which includes the manuscript describing the residency project.  

Thank you to all who applied and to the National Awards Committee who adjudicated the award submissions. 

PRAMS 2025-2026 Application Cycle Updates and Key Dates

Thank you to those from across the country who responded to this year's PRAMS program survey. Your responses helped CPRB refine the application to make it easier for applicants to accurately provide the information requested and for programs to assess candidates.

Application form refinements include clearer instructions on what information to input into text boxes, dropdown menus for pharmacy education, and the reduction in the text fields for undergraduate education.  In addition, referees will receive an email confirming their submission has been sent.  

A sample application with all updates will be available in August to allow programs to prepare for applicant screening and interviewing.  

 The applicant fee structure will be $275 for 5 programs, and any additional program will cost $25 per program. 
 
Dates of note for the 2025/2026 application cycle are as follows:

  • July 22 – August 8, 2024 – Programs to provide updated information for PRAMS
  • August 12, 2024 – PRAMS opens to applicants 
  • October 10, 2024, 11:59AM EST – PRAMS closes to applicants and applications available to programs 
  • January 8, 2025 – Ranking deadline for applicants and programs 
  • January 15, 2025 – Match results available
  • January 24, 2025 – Final deadline date for applicants to accept a residency position.
  • January 27, 2025 – Programs with unfilled positions may contact unmatched applicants to fill open positions
 

Nouvelles du CCRP – mai 2024  

18 juin, 2024  

Lauréats des prix Pfizer – Résidences année 2

La Société canadienne des pharmaciens d'hôpitaux (SCPH) souhaite féliciter Hazal Babadagli (Alberta Health Services – Cardiologie) et Shazia Damji (Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services, Médecine interne), les personnes lauréates du prix de résidence en pratique avancée en pharmacie (2e année) parrainé par Pfizer Canada.  Les manuscrits de recherche étaient : " Pharmacist-Led Follow-Up Program for RurAL Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients: The PLURAL-ACS Pilot Program” (Babadagli) et “Prioritizing Quality Over Quantity: Defining Optimal Pharmacist-to-Patient Ratios to Ensure Comprehensive Direct Patient Care in a Medical or Surgical Unit” (Damji).

Le prix de résidence en pratique avancée (2e année) récompense les résidents en pharmacie dont les projets de recherche sont jugés les plus méritants en termes d’innovation significative, d’application pratique et/ou de développement de la pratique pharmaceutique. Le prix de résidence en pharmacie de la SCPH consiste en un prix de 1,000 $.
Pour être éligible, chaque candidat doit :
  • Être membre actuel de la SCPH;
  • Être actuellement inscrit ou avoir terminé depuis moins d'un an un programme de résidence en pratique avancée en pharmacie (2e année) agréé par le Conseil canadien de la résidence en pharmacie (CCRP) (ou en attente d'agrément);
  • Soumettre une demande de bourse à la SCPH, qui comprend le manuscrit décrivant le projet de résidence.

Merci à tous ceux qui ont postulé et au Comité national des prix qui a évalué les candidatures.

Cycle d'application PRAMS 2025-2026 et dates importantes

Merci à tous ayant répondu au sondage du programme PRAMS de cette année. Vos réponses ont aidé le CCRP à améliorer le formulaire de candidature en facilitant la saisie de données précises par les candidats et l'évaluation des candidats par les programmes.

Les améliorations apportées au formulaire de candidature incluent des instructions plus claires sur les informations à saisir dans les champs libres, des menus déroulants pour la formation en pharmacie et la diminution de champs pour la formation de premier cycle.  De plus, les personnes agissant comme références recevront un courriel confirmant que leur soumission a été envoyée.

Un exemple du formulaire de candidature avec toutes les mises à jour sera disponible en août pour permettre aux programmes de se préparer pour la sélection des candidats.

La structure des frais de candidature sera de 275 $ pour 5 programmes, et la sélection de tout programme supplémentaire coûtera 25 $ par programme.
 
Les dates importantes pour le cycle de candidature 2025/2026 sont les suivantes :

  • 22 juillet – 8 août 2024 – Remise d'informations mises à jour par les programmes pour PRAMS
  • 12 août 2024 – PRAMS ouvre aux candidats
  • 10 octobre 2024, 11 h 59 HNE – PRAMS ferme aux candidats, et candidatures disponibles pour les programmes
  • 8 janvier 2025 – Date limite pour le classement des candidats et des programmes
  • 15 janvier 2025 – Résultats de jumelage disponible
  • 24 janvier 2025 – Date limite finale pour que les candidats acceptent un poste de résidence
  • 27 janvier 2025 – Les programmes avec des postes non pourvus peuvent contacter les candidats non jumelés pour pourvoir les postes vacants.
June 18, 2024
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