17 Feb

BC Pharmacy bringing prescription delivery to a new level: Medicine Shoppe sending LPNs to help patients manage medications

February 17th, 2015

Vancouver, BC – A group of Lower Mainland pharmacies is doing things differently and making a real difference in the lives of patients along the way. Not only is this group delivering prescriptions to people who cannot easily leave their home, they are using Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to manage delivery.

Offering tremendous knowledge and expertise for the patient, the LPNs, in turn deliver comfort and support to family and friends. In an unprecedented service, the Pharmacy BC group now delivers from Chilliwack to West Vancouver, free of charge, seven days a week. The pharmacies include Medicine Shoppe franchises located in Abbotsford, White Rock, and four locations in East Vancouver.

“I was referred to the Medicine Shoppe for support in caring for a friend who had difficulty in managing his medication,” says Judith from Vancouver. “Following a recent hospital stay his medications got even more complex: the Medicine Shoppe in Vancouver provides peace of mind that my friend gets his medication 365 days a year and that the person who delivers them is friendly, personable and reliable. At the age of 88 he has his life back to ‘normal’”.

The LPNs are able to administer our daily and weekly dispense programs, assist with insulin-­‐injection, blood pressure monitoring, blood glucose monitoring, Exelon or Nitro-­‐Dur patch application or removal. Additionally all of the program drivers are fully vetted and trained to ensure accurate delivery. was founded in 1997 with the aim to serve the community and to provide the highest standard of care and service to their patients. With a vision to rise to the forefront of patient care programs, Pharmacy BC strives to remain on the cutting edge of pharmaceutical innovation and technology.

The vision is working. They’re already leading the way with Canada’s first “HIV Point of Care pilot” using Biolytical’s INSTI test. “We are working hard to integrate new technologies with the very best care for our patients and making our services accessible,” says Bob Rai, Co-­‐owner of Pharmacy BC. “We believe in bringing the best therapies possible to our patients and ensuring that disease prevention, and prevention of adverse drug reactions is a key responsibility of our team: this is why we are working with research partners to ensure that our pharmacies are at the forefront of safety and technology.”

They’re also leading Canada’s first “Chronic Kidney Disease Screening” (CKD) program using Health Tab technology. The group is also one of eight pharmacies selected by Vancouver Coastal Health to provide in-­‐home medication adherence monitoring services to Mental Health and Addictions patients. Additionally, they have been selected by UBC to be one of twenty participating pharmacies for a pharmacogenomics pilot involving dosages around blood thinner medication.


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Jennifer Boon
Capricorn Communications
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