Advocacy in Action: June 18

June 18, 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 5 Tier Assignment Committee: Shortages of Mepivacaine 2%  
  • June 6 Tier Assignment Committee: De-escalation of Dipyridamole

June 4, Choosing Wisely Canada Annual Meeting of the Societies 

CSHP participated in a multilateral meeting with Choosing Wisely Canada and other associations. The agenda covered discussions on the Choosing Wisely Climate Campaign and explored potential collaborations between the various organizations.

June 6, Transforming Primary Care in Canada Summit

CSHP CEO Jody Ciufo and CPO Rita Dhami travelled to Toronto to attend the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA)’s inaugural national summit alongside other pharmacy leaders, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and patient advocacy groups.

The Transforming Primary Care in Canada Summit aimed to reach a shared vision on the future roles of pharmacists and pharmacy teams in primary care, identify barriers and facilitators for integrating community pharmacies, and outline priority areas for actionable initiatives. This vision includes a system where pharmacy is recognized as a first stop in the primary care journey for all. 
To learn more about the takeaways from this event, click here.

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.  

What's happening

May to June, NAPRA Consultation on Modernization of Drug Schedules

After taking part in an expert panel to modernize the NAPRA Drug Schedules, CSHP has been invited to consult on two potential models for non-prescription drug (NPD) scheduling and their respective terms of sale for inclusion in the updated program. CSHP has been contacting various members to include their perspectives in this consultation.

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

Health Canada has started a 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. CSHP is currently drafting a response to the proposal and will be seeking input from Branches on this consultation.

What's worth repeating

May 29, Hospital News featured section

As part of CSHP’s 2024 featured section in Hospital News, seven authors delve deep into the critical topic of sustainability in pharmacy and healthcare. To access these insightful articles, click here

To catch up on CSHP advocacy news, click here.

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