Advocacy in Action: December 5

December 5, 2023

What's happened

November 22, Choosing Wisely Canada Consultation 

CSHP provided feedback on Choosing Wisely Canada’s clinical biochemistry recommendations which will ultimately be released in early 2024 by the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists.   

November 27, Drug Shortages Expert Review Panel

CPO Rita Dhami officially joined a panel of experts representing various pharmacy sectors that will be contributing to a CIHR-funded project. This collaborative initiative is led by the University of Toronto, Health Canada, and CADTH, with the goal of creating a systematic, adaptable, transparent, and regularly updated national list of at-risk medicines. 

November 30, Natural Health Products Consultation 

CSHP is providing ongoing feedback on the first round of new and updated natural health product monographs as part of the implementation of the new Natural Health Product (NHP) labelling initiative. This Natural and Non-Prescription Health Product Directoriate (NNHPD) led project is currently in its first round of consultations where CSHP is focused on accessing the accuracy, conciseness, and consistency of statements in their monographs. 

Ongoing, Health Canada Drug Shortages Meetings

CSHP is continuing to monitor these ongoing drug shortages:

  • Nov 16: Tier Assignment Committee –  Lidocaine/Bupivicaine (with and without Epinephrine)
  • Nov 22: Multi-Stakeholder Call – Shortages of Amoxicillin
  • Dec. 1: Multi-Stakeholder Call –  Lidocaine/Bupivicaine (with and without Epinephrine)

What's happening

December 5, Multilateral Meeting with Health Canada / Marketed Health Products Directorate

The CSHP Executive team, alongside our partners at A.P.E.S. and several other key stakeholders, will be participating in a multilateral meeting with Health Canada. This meeting will provide us with updates from the various divisions of Health Canada including the Marketed Health Products Branch, Pharmaceutical Drugs Directorate, and Biologic and Radiopharmaceutical Drugs Directorate.

December 15, Consultation Canadian Council of Accreditation for Pharmacy Programs – Pharmacy technicians    

CSHP was invited to consult and provide feedback on the Canadian Council of Accreditation for Pharmacy Programs’ first draft on their updated standards for pharmacy technicians programs.  

What's worth repeating

October, Health Canada consultation on the Handbook for healthcare professionals on biosimilar biologic drugs

Professional Practice Specialist Kiet-Nghi Cao joined a working group of subject matter consultants from across the country to help with the development of a Health Canada handbook focused on informing and educating healthcare professionals on biosimilars. The guidelines will provide background on the immunogenicity of biosimilars, details on authorization, accessibility, and monitoring of them, and includes example case studies. This handbook is now available and can be found here

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