Supporting Innovation in Pharmacy for a Healthier Canada


Canadian pharmacy in transition

A panel of Canadian pharmacy stakeholders weighed in on the inevitable changes that will affect the profession as pharmacy transitions to a more value-based model of care. Speaking at the 2017 Pharmacy Forum hosted by the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy, the panelists agreed on some key objectives: putting patients at the centre of care, and connecting key stakeholders across the healthcare system to collaboratively map out a sustainable future.

Celebrating a Pillar of Pharmacy

NOVEMBER 2017 - This year's Pillar of Pharmacy Award winner, Marshall Moleschi, was honored by the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy for more than 40 years of commitment to the profession of pharmacy.

Putting pharmacy's value to the test

NOVEMBER 2017 - Value-based payment is coming to pharmacy in Canada-and while pharmacy leaders agree that the concept is good, the devil is very much in the details. At the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy's 2017 Pharmacy Forum. in Toronto on November 21, pharmacists from the U.S. shared their learnings under a value-based care system, and urged pharmacy groups to take immediate steps to ensure they are part of decision-making with private and public payers.

Claims data strong for flu shots

NOVEMBER 2017 - Pharmacists administered almost 2.5 million flu shots during the 2016-2017 season, a 19% gain over the previous season and virtually quadruple the number delivered in 2012-2013. These numbers from provincial ministries of health confirm that flu shots appear to be the most consistently successful service under an expanded scope of practice, in all provinces where it's available. Alberta also continues to blaze trails with its unique authorities and programs, while Ontario's medication review program has taken a hit due to new documentation requirements.

Embracing Change: Shoppers Drug Mart, BC

NOVEMBER 2017 - Vision, culture, support-those three words summarize how Alex Dar Santos has worked with his pharmacy team to successfully incorporate a wide range of professional services into his busy Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy on Cambie Road in Richmond, BC. "The key is not to add to pharmacists' workload, but to change it. We understand that this is the right thing to do for patients, and that we have a lot to contribute to the healthcare system."

2017 Innovation Grants total almost $140K

NOVEMBER 2017 - This year's Innovation Fund Grant winners will tackle high-dose opioid use, and the optimum role of pharmacists in diabetes follow up and UTI management. The Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy awarded a record $137,606 to three Canadian pharmacist researchers, Dr. Feng Chang, Dr. Lori MacCallum and Dr. Ross Tsuyuki, to pursue their studies.

CFP receives funding boost

The former Ontario Chain Drug Store Association (OCDA) has donated almost $20,000 to the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy to help advance the profession of pharmacy.

Embracing Change: Sherwood Drug Mart, PEI

As pharmacist/owner of the oldest operating pharmacy in Charlottetown (it opened in 1956), Rob MacLellan has experienced first-hand the trials and tribulations of transitioning to expanded services. In fact, it's on ongoing process.

NS expands pharmacy program for mental health

Three years after the launch of Nova Scotia's pilot project called the Bloom Program, the provincial government has agreed to extend funding to grow it across the province.

November Forum eyes value of pharmacy

Recent economic analyses are breaking ground to prove the positive return on investment for pharmacists' services, yet many questions remain unanswered when it comes to converting these results into mainstream practice.