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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    completion scheduled for mid 2016 In May 2013 the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care announced more than 5 7 million in funding for a range of research projects over three years which collectively make up the Ontario Pharmacy Research Collaboration OPEN Professor Nancy Waite at the University of Waterloo and Professor Lisa Dolovich at McMaster University are leading OPEN joined by researchers from the University of Toronto Western University and the Bruyere Research Institute The advisory committee includes representatives for Ontario Pharmacists Association Ontario College of Pharmacists Canadian Pharmacists Association and the health ministry OPEN is studying the quality outcomes and value of three existing provincially funded pharmacist services medication management captured under the MedsCheck and Pharmaceutical Opinion programs prescription renewals and adaptations and immunizations It is also exploring three possible future roles for pharmacists in the areas of chronic pain management deprescribing for the elderly and prescribing for minor ailments The study on Pharmaceutical Opinions and MedsCheck focussing on MedsCheck annual reviews and MedsCheck for Diabetes reviews is occurring over three years and has received 1 million in funding making it the largest OPEN project The study s objectives are to assess the quality and impact of these services on patients physicians pharmacies and pharmacists to determine whether these services are reaching those most likely to benefit and to identify determinants of service uptake says Linda MacKeigan Professor at the Lesley Dan Faculty of Pharmacy University of Toronto and lead researcher with co lead Dolovich Researchers are currently interviewing key informants including independent pharmacy owners and corporate pharmacy managers and executives to learn implementation strategies They are also conducting a descriptive analysis of claims data says MacKeigan Other planned components of the research are surveys and interviews with patient physicians and pharmacists as well as an

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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    discussion on pharmacist driven change hosted by the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy at its latest Pharmacy Forum The teams I ve worked with aren t always used to pharmacists doing all these expanded scope services and I have to help them understand that what I m doing helps them said pharmacist Bryan Gray of Thunder Bay Our core competency is as medication experts and that s how we become the solution to the healthcare system Gray says in his experience taking on the role of active drug problem solver often reveals a host of hidden opportunities such as blister packs emergency renewals and medication reviews after hospital discharge Offering point of care testing for cholesterol A1C or blood pressure for example becomes patient centric care and a real learning moment for patients Some seasoned pharmacists don t realize how much they re already doing and not billing for said Sean Simpson owner of Simpson s Pharmasave in Niagara On The Lake ON who had a 10 growth in billings over the previous year in MedChecks alone We even work with our delivery driver to identify who would benefit from a MedCheck at home He said targeting niche areas are another way to put expanded services to good use A hugely successful weight loss service he launched in 2012 attracted a whole different clientele that are still his patients Pharmacist Roxy Khosroshahi pharmacy manager at Rexall Pharmacy in Vaughn ON said promotion of pharmacist services at the store level is key It all starts with that first interaction with the patient and where that leads to she said And you really need to value your own services and embrace change using the resources available to you That means using technology and delegating to regulated techs and other staff so pharmacists can

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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    to play in admitting the right kinds of candidates into pharmacy programs believes Dr David Edwards Hallman Director and Associate Dean at the University of Waterloo s School of Pharmacy Speaking at the most recent Pharmacy Forum hosted by the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy Dr Edwards noted that while pharmacists have a strong desire to implement patient services they re struggling to integrate them into everyday practice Being the only co op program in Canada gives us a real world perspective on what students are seeing in the workplace he said There s pressure to achieve clinical quotas but an inconsistency in the scope and level of practice Dr Edwards noted that the typical characteristics of pharmacists i e detail oriented and risk averse can make clinical decision making difficult in real life practice We have 15 to 20 courses on medication management whereas doctors have one he said Our student are getting so much more information yet they still lack confidence and that s something we in academia have to address In addition to strong intellectual competence the pharmacists of the future need strong communication skills leadership qualities and community engagement said Dr Edwards Our role must be to

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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    Pharmacy Forum event Pharmacists are ideally positioned to help insurers meet the needs of a dual bottom line the cost management needs of the plan sponsor and the health management needs of the plan member said Martinez Preferred or pharmacy provider networks PPNs serve as the starting point and they come in many shapes and sizes For example more than 1 800 of Great West Life s clients have adopted a drug plan that includes a PPN with Costco Pharmacy While the aim is largely cost containment the network also promotes Costco s health programs and other offerings such as flu shots On another front Great West Life is partnering with Shoppers Drug Mart for diabetes support Plan members can sit down with their local participating Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist to do an A1C test and get advice on adherence and lifestyle changes Follow up appointments are available for those with suboptimal test results The insurer and Shoppers Drug Mart are also piloting a therapeutic substitution program for hypertension medications In addition Great West Life s Health Case Management program for 13 higher cost specialty drugs includes a network of about 1 200 pharmacies from all pharmacy formats Plan members

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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    of the Ontario Pharmacists Association OPA With an eye on influencing policy and legislation CACDS advocates for the sustainability of pharmacy under a model that will eventually centre on professional services To do this however it knows it must marry its goals with those of government Governments are looking for immediate savings as well as long term systemic savings CACDS needs to work with them to create those savings by demonstrating that pharmacists are the right people in the right place at the right time said Carpenter adding that we need to convince governments we are part of the healthcare team and build relationships outside of the drug benefits budget That s no small feat CACDS s 9 000 Points of Care is a policy platform that maps out how greater investments in pharmacist services would meet governments objectives for more cost effective healthcare delivery We have had complete commitment and understanding from all of the provincial pharmacy associations and governments have agreed this is a good policy direction Now we as an industry have to implement said Carpenter To help lay the foundation CACDS is conducting mental model or behavioural research on four stakeholders women payers patient groups and pharmacists Again this research is aligned with the objectives of the Health Care Innovation Working Group of the Council of the Federation comprised of Canada s 13 provincial and territorial premiers We re giving governments something they need but couldn t do themselves and we re sharing the research with them as we go said Carpenter For its part CPhA is focusing on the professional practice side of the equation by working with provincial pharmacy associations to provide tools that help pharmacists implement services and overcome change management barriers A new governance structure defines the associations as CPhA s direct

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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    in association with the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores Pfizer will match the foundation s grant in support of the Manitoba Pharmacists Smoking Cessation Project This initiative will implement a pharmacist initiated smoking cessation program in the province of Manitoba It will facilitate the role of the pharmacist to begin discussions with patients and customers about smoking cessation and heighten the possibilities for success The primary objectives of the project include reducing the number of Manitobans who smoke through a provincial smoking cessation program enhance utilization of pharmacists in preventative health care delivery and demonstrate the economic impact of the project in terms of outcomes and value One of the ways pharmacies can provide innovative care is to offer accessible services for health concerns like smoking cessation said Marnie Mitchell CFP President The CFP Board felt that the proposal from Manitoba offered a unique opportunity to assess the introduction of a pharmacy based smoking cessation program in that province Pfizer has supported the role of pharmacists in the provision of clinical services for many years said Dr Bernard Prigent Vice President of Medical Affairs Pfizer Canada Inc Clinical services such as smoking cessation counseling are very beneficial to help patients achieve success in their quit attempts As the most accessible healthcare professional pharmacists play an important role in smoking cessation counselling Smoking is a major public health concern in Manitoba Smoking rates have decreased in the past decade however 1 in 5 Manitobans are smokers said Dr Brenna Shearer Executive Director Manitoba Society of Pharmacists Support from CFP gives us an opportunity to fulfill our vision of providing accessible healthcare to all Manitobans and compliments our new expanded scope of practice legislated on January 1st The Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy is Canada s national pharmacy charity supporting the advancement

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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    PhInDMORE study is collaboration between the two groups which is piloting the new PharmaNet system to review the pharmacist interventions and their impacts on patient outcomes both clinical and economical PharmaNet is a central database that allows for capture of real world real time documentation of pharmacist patient encounters to a level of comprehensiveness that has never before been possible The proposed research aims to demonstrate that there is potential for cost savings to the healthcare system when investing in pharmacists to practice to their full potential With the shift of the pharmacy profession towards providing clinical services such as medication management comes the importance of demonstrating the value of these services to our stakeholders These include patients payers decision makers and other health professionals said Dr Carlo Marra principal investigator We want to find out what kind of impact medication management has had on patients health and the health care system Every year CFP receives impressive research proposals that will advance our collective understanding of innovative potential and outcomes in pharmacy practice said CFP President Marnie Mitchell The Board felt the UBC proposal offered the opportunity to explore the interplay between technology and pharmacy workflow Measuring value is a

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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    t access to primary care be delivered in a community pharmacy setting The notion of access used to be defined in terms of a person s relationship with their physician but physician shortages and busy lifestyles have changed consumers expectations While the quality of care will always be an indicator of value convenient access to services from a range of providers has become equally important and it s a critical strategy for governments to get better value for their spending We can t spend more we have to spend better says Dr Shapiro She cited flu shots smoking cessation and adherence support as three areas where pharmacists can help close healthcare gaps The immunization rate for seniors is well below target for example despite the fact that the flu shot is free Now that pharmacists in some provinces can administer immunizations seniors and other high risk populations can and should simply walk into their pharmacy to get this important vaccination Improved collaboration between providers also needs to be addressed Dr Shapiro stressed in her presentation Fortunately new practice models such as Ontario s family health teams are already showing promise The challenge is to come up with more mainstream models that work with pharmacies already out there She urged members of the audience representing retail pharmacy pharmaceutical manufacturers academia pharmacy benefits managers and distributors to do more together to find solutions The people sitting in this room are part of the transformational change We have to collaborate across the continuum The Ontario Pharmacists Association OPA and Green Shield Ontario Hypertension Collaborative is one example of such collaboration Representatives for OPA and Green Shield presented preliminary results based on six months of data which already show that pharmacists interventions can lead to significant improvements in blood pressure due to improved adherence

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