Pharmacy Practice in Canada
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- Learn about the fundamentals of Canadian pharmacy practice as you prepare for a career in pharmacy. Video lessons will review important concepts including drug nomenclature, pharmacy practice, pharmacy law, pharmacy calculations and medical conditions and drug treatments.
- A keen interest in pharmacy practice and basic math and English skills.
Learn about pharmacy practice in Canada. Review important concepts in pharmacy and receive free study guides to drugs and pharmacy law. This course is designed for those thinking of enrolling in pharmacy education programs such as pharmacy technician or pharmacy assistant. This course is also a great review of pharmacy concepts for those already working in a pharmacy setting or preparing for pharmacy exams. Great resources are provided that will allow you to continue your pharmacy experience long after finishing this course. Good luck in your pharmacy career!
- If you are curious about a career in pharmacy then this course is a good place to learn the concepts of pharmacy practice. If you need study information for pharmacy exams then your knowledge base is here. If you currently are a pharmacy professional then this course is an excellent review of pharmacy practices. Enrol and increase your knowledge of Canadian pharmacy practice.
As an introduction to the world of pharmacy practice let's have a look at drug pricing. This chapter is about what pharmacy personnel and the public should know about the costs of drugs.
How do they do it? How do the staff at the pharmacy read and interpret handwritten doctor's prescriptions? Knowing the fundamentals of writing a prescription is the best way to start understanding a prescription.
According to law pharmacies may charge a dispensing fee of their choice. A dispensing fee is a separate cost the consumer pays each time they fill a prescription at the pharmacy. Learn about the reasons why a pharmacy chooses a specific dispensing fee and why these fees vary.
Medication errors such as dispensing the wrong drug to a patient or misunderstanding the doctor's instructions on the prescription are two of many possible reasons why a drug error might occur. Professional incompetency will not be tolerated so what can the pharmacy professional do to avoid mistakes? One answer is to always check the DIN. Learn more about a DIN or Drug Information Number in this chapter.
The roles of a pharmacist, pharmacy technician and pharmacy assistant are discussed in this chapter. These roles are defined by law. It is important to know when the pharmacist must be involved in the sales of a drug. It is important to understand which actions in the pharmacy can be delegated by the pharmacist and which cannot.
A prescription is a legal doctor's order for medication that can dispensed by a pharmacist. The instructions on the prescription that include drug name, strength and directions for use is called the inscription. The directions for use on a prescription seem to appear as a code that the pharmacy personnel must decipher. It is called the SIG. Start learning about the SIG in this chapter.
The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act or CDSA is a Federal Law in Canada. It contains pharmacy-specific parts regarding narcotics and other controlled substances. The information in this law must be mastered by all pharmacy professionals and requires continuous study and review. But this chapter will help you out!
The Ontario College of Pharmacists, OCP, a regulatory agency for pharmacy in the Province of Ontario, provides pharmacy professionals with quality documents on policies, procedures, guidelines and laws. One document in particular is the "Summary of Laws" which is an excellent aid for understanding drug laws in Ontario/Canada. Just make sure to update your version regularly.
The CPSO website is a valuable resource in the pharmacy. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario website has a doctor search engine where you can search for a doctor by licence number or search for a licence number by doctor name. This aids the pharmacy when there is a need to contact a doctor as well.