Supporting Innovation in Pharmacy for a Healthier Canada


"Culture eats strategy for lunch"

JANUARY 2017 - Peter Drucker made his presence known at CFP's Pharmacy Forum as presenters and participants discussed the finer points of the motivational speaker's oft-quoted term, "Culture eats strategy for lunch." It essentially reminds us that the characteristics or "nature" of a group of people can defeat any tools or strategies for change.

Time to seize more opportunities

We already know pharmacists can have a positive impact in disease intervention and immunization rates, but it's critical they seize opportunities to do more through pharmacy services.

Road to "pharmageddon:" a UK perspective

At the latest Pharmacy Forum hosted by CFP, attendees got some sobering insights into what may lie ahead for Canada's pharmacists. "I'm here to scare you all," said guest speaker Mark Burdon, a community pharmacist and member of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) in the United Kingdom, who gave highlights of his own country's struggles in dealing with government and securing compensation for pharmacy services. He noted that his ultimate "pharmageddon"-the commoditization of pharmacy-wasn't far-fetched either.

"Pharmatopia" can be a reality

Amidst the uncertainty of pharmacy's future, provinces like Alberta are proving that good things can evolve with pharmacy services.

Pharmacists prescribing reduces CV risk

Dr. Ross Tsuyuki

NOVEMBER 2016 - According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular (CV) disease remains the number one cause of mortality worldwide, accounting for 17.5 million deaths annually. Yet a recent study...

Accolades for Pillar of Pharmacy award recipient, Carole McKiee

NOVEMBER 2016 - Some 165 people gathered in downtown Toronto last month to pay tribute to this year’s Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy (CFP) Pillar of Pharmacy Award recipient, Carole McKiee. Describing her as a mentor, innovator, change-agent...

Introducing the 2016 Innovation Fund winners

Three Canadian pharmacy researchers are leading initiatives to advance the care of patients and the role of the pharmacist thanks to the support of the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy's annual Innovation Fund grant.

Claims data tell interesting stories

NOVEMBER 2016 - Pharmacists in Alberta appear to be embracing pharmacy services by way of care plans, as evidenced by the non-stop double- and triple-digit growth rates in claims data for the past four years. Perhaps most encouraging are the leaps being made in the number of follow-ups, which help make the case for public acceptance and economic viability.

The frail elderly: pharmacists' essential role

When family physician Dr. Linda Lee started a program to identify frail seniors at risk for poor health outcomes, she knew who to ask to be part of the team, pharmacist Tejal Patel. "I became very aware of the important role of pharmacy thanks to Tejal’s amazing and thoughtful work," says Lee, who started working with Patel seven years ago at the Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team (FHT) Memory Clinic in Kitchener, Ont. As physicians we can do so much more with pharmacists than we can on our own.

CFP Forum: "Pharmageddon" or Business as Usual?

SEPTEMBER 2016 - The Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy's annual Pharmacy Forum in November promises to generate lively debate and fresh perspectives on community pharmacists' challenges to implement new services under an expanded scope of practice. Presenters will dive deeper into research results that show lower-than-expected levels of uptake in services for more complex patients, and pharmacy leaders will share their experiences and recommendations for economic viability and change management.