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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    market solutions Our primary goal this year is to train pharmacists As the year progresses and we get into 2016 the greater focus can turn to identifying more and more patients GSC launched the program as a core benefit in February after a 2012 2013 pilot project with Ontario Pharmacists Association OPA on hypertension management funded in part by Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy s Innovation Fund showed positive outcomes for both patient health and lower drug spending Plan members taking medications for hypertension and dyslipidemia are eligible for the recently launched cardiovascular health coaching program which pays certified pharmacists 60 for the initial consult and 20 for each follow up consultation up to three per year The online training is available through provincial pharmacy associations OPA and the B C Pharmacy Association were the first to come on board and Alberta Quebec and Newfoundland are expected to join in the coming months The goal is for all pharmacy associations to offer the training by the end of the year The next few months will also see the availability of software support so that pharmacy systems can automatically flag eligible GSC plan members However it remains up to pharmacists to approach members and gather consent for enrollment Once coaching and adjudication are underway GSC will track outcomes based on adherence measures drug spending and qualitative feedback from both pharmacists and participating plan members We anticipate a two to three year build to get enough volume of pharmacists and plan members for meaningful insights We re really hoping to have well over 1 000 trained pharmacists by this time next year says Willows GSC is the first insurance carrier in Canada to add pharmacist coaching services as a standard offering in its plan design Out of more than 1 000 plan sponsor

    Original URL path: http://cfpnet.ca/en/news/details/id/167 (2016-04-27)
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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    involving 38 pharmacies and more than 150 patients across Ontario proved stellar for pharmacy led services the program improved systolic blood pressure by 13 5mm Hg increased medication therapy by 15 and reduced antihypertensive medication costs by more than 31 We were pleasantly surprised by how many of our plan members involved did improve and control their blood pressure says David Willows Vice President of Strategic Market Solutions at Green Shield One of the things our industry struggles with is how to get real people to change and this gives us confidence that you can work with them one on one and give them the tools to change deeply engrained health behaviours Not only did patients in the intervention group report a very high level of satisfaction with their pharmacist services 24 of those employed said they felt more productive at work as a result One patient noted that the study made me aware of the severity of hypertension and the damage it can do not only to the heart but other organs I am now eating healthier and exercising daily With an average extra cost to Green Shield of 238 per patient for all the services delivered by pharmacists over the six month period not including medication reviews billed directly to government or reimbursement paid to pharmacists for collecting study data Willows says it s a small investment that will likely pay large dividends in the long term health of plan members and financial sustainability of benefits programs He says the next logical step will be to see if this kind of success can be replicated for disease states When you look at cost drivers high blood pressure is there but so is cholesterol diabetes pain and depression he says We re certainly looking at additional projects to expand

    Original URL path: http://cfpnet.ca/en/news/details/id/127 (2016-04-27)
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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    the Institute for Safe Medication Practices ISMP Canada to develop SafetyNET Rx Boyle also holds the position of Canada Research Chair in Quality Assurance in Community Pharmacy at the Gerald Schwartz School of Business SafetyNET Rx was established through an extensive pilot project with grassroots pharmacists after which it received 48 000 from CFP s Innovation Fund in 2010 to develop manuals and standardized tools CFP s support allowed us to prepare training and support material critical for community pharmacies and other jurisdictions adopting SafetyNET Rx says Boyle The Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists is the first to do so It launched its COMPASS Community Pharmacists Advancing Safety in Saskatchewan pilot project in the fall of 2013 using SafetyNET Rx as its own compass to guide implementation SafetyNET Rx has done all the groundwork says Jeannette Sandiford field officer at the College Nova Scotia has also had proven success using SafetyNET s tools so it became fairly evident that we wanted to go in that direction In 2011 Nova Scotia became the first province to regulate CQI in community pharmacy by establishing standards of practice that included a requirement that community pharmacies annually self assess the safety of the pharmacy s practices and hold quarterly staff meetings for CQI it also requires pharmacists to report quality related events such as medication errors to an independent body As a member of the SafetyNET Rx research team the College worked with ISMP to develop an anonymous reporting tool CphIR that feeds into ISMP s national database Before pharmacists implement the process they tend to say it s too overwhelming and that they don t have the time says Beverley Zwicker Deputy Registrar at NSCP But once they re engaged and have a system in place they often become its champion This is a

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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    Saskatchewan since 1994 and 2000 respectively Along with dedicated real world teaching he has been intricately involved in the zerobased development of true experiential training programs for pharmacy students Along with his colleagues his expertise and first hand experiences have resulted in several presentations position papers and consultations in this crucial area Equally indicative of the high regard with which Bev is held are his elected pharmacy positions and awards Too numerous to mention all one example of his desire to serve pharmacy at decision making levels is his service to the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists SCP as a long standing Council Member and two terms as President all the while sitting on or chairing influential committees Bev has held similar and wide ranging positions including Presidencies with CPhA PEBC and CFP serving on the latter s Board of Directors from 1999 to 2006 Bev currently sits as an elected member for the AFPC Council In 1998 Bev was named Saskatchewan s Pharmacist of the Year and in 2003 received CPhA s Meritorious Service Award Other awards include an honorary lifetime membership with the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns CAPSI and his selection in 2007 as one of 100 pharmacists from across Canada to be recognized with CPhA s Centennial Pharmacist Award Bev is unquestionably an exemplary leader in our profession says long time friend colleague and mentor Ray Joubert Registrar of SCP Specifically I refer to him as the consummate Servant Leader in that he has this terrific ability to get things done by inherently knowing when to lead from the front and when to push from behind He is an invaluable member of our profession at all levels and those of us in positions where the answer is not always cut and dried know we can

    Original URL path: http://cfpnet.ca/en/news/details/id/107 (2016-04-27)
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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    pharmacist prescribing in patients with hypertension has been published in Circulation a prestigious journal produced by the American Heart Association This is the first randomized trial of pharmacist prescribing and it validates that when pharmacists scope of practice is expanded patient outcomes are better says the study s lead investigator and pharmacist Ross Tsuyuki director of the EPICORE Centre at the University of Alberta Funded in part by the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy the Alberta Clinical Trial in Optimizing Hypertension RxACTION studied 248 patients with high blood pressure BP in 23 communities across Albert Those enrolled in the six month pharmacist intervention group experienced a reduction in BP by 6 6 3 2 mmHG more than usual pharmacist and physician care These patients were also 2 3 times more likely to reach the recommended BP targets Tsuyuki says the study provides some high level evidence to policymakers who are serious about tackling the burden of hypertension We are also excited about the public health implications he says Policymakers could have 40 000 pharmacist allies in the fight against the number one cause of premature mortality and morbidity worldwide he says A sub study on the different forms of pharmacist remuneration

    Original URL path: http://cfpnet.ca/en/news/details/id/173 (2016-04-27)
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  • Grants & Awards - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    Wellspring Leadership Awards CFP AFPC Graduate Student Award Past President Award Rx D Industrial Student Award Corporate Recognition Award Events Pillar of Pharmacy Dinner Innovation Gala Wellspring Leadership Awards Reception Charity Golf Classic Pharmacy Forum Supporting Innovation in Pharmacy for a Healthier Canada DONATE Events Resources Golf Classic May 31 Get Your Copy Provincial Pharmacy Services Chart Subscribe to receive email updates Join our CFP group Like us on Facebook

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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    Fortunately for the profession this year s Pillar of Pharmacy Award winner has been making a positive impact on community pharmacy ever since earning his pharmacy degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1978 A self professed introvert Stann has been a strong voice in pushing the evolution of pharmacy forward Case in point he spent 16 years working in regulatory affairs and helping to develop unique service offerings in Safeway Pharmacies I was fortunate that Safeway allowed me to create an environment where pharmacists could create a niche for themselves he says We really had the opportunity to have an influence on the change and evolution of pharmacy from a dispensing only practice to a dispensing service one But it didn t stop there As principal of his own consulting firm Firebird Management Consulting Group Stann has worked with various clients to develop innovative practice designs to further business development and professional services Since 2004 he has been actively involved in lobbying and negotiating with provincial and federal governments on pharmacy related reimbursement issues His advice for successful negotiation Try and understand what the other side needs as much as what you need he says Create an environment where nobody ultimately wins or loses because if everyone is a little bit unhappy when they leave the table it s the right agreement As lead advisor to the Alberta Pharmacists Association RxA during negotiations with Alberta Health and Alberta Blue Cross Stann s efforts helped land an agreement that will further expand the Compensation Plan for pharmacy services and will introduce a new Alberta Blue Cross Pharmaceutical Provider Services Agreement for community pharmacies I have been fortunate to work with Darcy over the last several years through many committees involving advocacy work on behalf of the pharmacy profession writes Margaret

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  • News - Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
    feature was building a primary care clinic to deliver leading edge care he says noting that in such a setting students would experience the real life integration of theory and practice Pharmacy and Medicine clinicians would also collaborate by melding their skills for the purpose advancing optimal treatments Dr Thiessen says he is immensely grateful to all the people throughout Kitchener and Waterloo who worked on the project It was remarkable to see how everyone pulled together to make it happen While he admits to having been an initial reluctant convert to the co op educational concept having come from a more traditional medical model of education himself he eventually saw the light I certainly realized the immense potential such an education could provide and we decided to go for it The students coming into this program seized the opportunity and to this day I m amazed by how well the co op piece has molded and influenced them and their employers he says These students are very adaptable have acquired great skills that include the early ability to solve real world problems and can really go anywhere On top of his lengthy accomplishments in academia Dr Thiessen has been an innovative force in health research securing more than 16 5 million for research projects during his tenure at both universities In 2013 he was tasked by the Ontario government to lead an independent review of quality assurance in the province s cancer drug supply chain after problems emerged in chemotherapy underdosing When I got the call from the government I immediately sensed this was an opportunity to bring good to what appeared to be a tragic patient related problem and hopefully make some transformative changes he says During the review process which he says consumed at least four months

    Original URL path: http://cfpnet.ca/en/news/details/id/141 (2016-04-27)
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