23 Sep

Pharmacy BC as one of the exhibitors at the Health Fair 2015

September 23rd, 2015

On Sunday, September 20, 2015 Pharmacy BC participated as one of the exhibitors at the Health Fair 2015. The purpose of the annual Health Fair (since 1991) is to provide up-to-date health education to the public in Cantonese and Mandarin. The Health Fair continues to be a collaborative effort with CCMSBC, S.U.C.C.E.S.S,CCDSBC, and UBC ICON.

This years theme was Healthy Aging. There were lectures, interactive workshops, booths & exhibits, health screening and prizes. The speaker were physicians & dentists with expertise in topics related to the annual theme. There were both Cantonese and Mandarin sessions.

24 Jul

Learning with the British Columbia Pharmacy Association

July 24th, 2015

From May 21 to 23, members of the British Columbia pharmacy community gathered for the 2015 BC Pharmacy Association Conference in Victoria. The conference provided pharmacy professionals with value insights and best practices to better help clients and general public.

In attendance from the Medicine Shoppe team was Co-Founder, Bob Rai.

About British Columbia Pharmacy Association (website:

The British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) is a non-profit association that aims to support and advance the professional role and economic viability of members so they can provide enhanced patient-centred care.

BCPhA represents more than 3,000 pharmacist members and more than 850 pharmacies across British Columbia. BCPhA is recognized as a leader in representing the interest in pharmacies and pharmacists throughout the province.

BCPhA works with UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the College of Pharmacists of BC to ensure the most current and useful information is provided to the public.

24 Jul

HIV Testing in Innovative Settings with bioLytical Laboratories

July 24th, 2015

On July 21, bioLytical Laboratories held a symposium titled HIV Testing in Innovative Settings. Symposium attendees were provided insights and best practices of the rapid changing world of HIV testing. Bob Rai from and Dr. Harpreet Rai were invited guests.

At Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, we believe in providing the most innovative solutions to prevent and treat health issues. PharmacyBC was the first in Canada to provide free HIV testing and first in Canada to provide consumer health statuses through a single blood prick test.

About bioLytical Laboratories (website:

Founded in 2002, bioLytical Laboratories is a world leader in rapid diagnostic testing. bioLytical Laboratories is sells and markets the INSTI HIV test supported by countries around the world including Canada, United States, European Union, and others. The INSTI HIV test takes less than 60 seconds to provide you with your HIV status.

Currently PharmacyBC utilizes bioLytical’s INSTI HIV test. For more information, please visit

24 Jul

Improving Senior Care at the 2015 BC Care Providers Association Annual Conference

July 24th, 2015

The 2015 BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) Annual Conference took place from May 24 to 26. The theme of the conference was Sustainability Through Innovation. Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy along with over 450 care providers, government officials, MLAs, and industry professionals gathered over the 3 days to share their experiences and insights with each other on how to innovate within the continuing care sector while improving the quality of care for seniors.

The attendees at the conference from were Co-Founder, Bob Rai, Dr. Harpreet Rai, Director of Pharmacy Services Renee Lodge and Director of Business Development Vishal Trivedi.

BCCPA Annual Conference Recap:

For any of the conference matterial, please visit

About BC Care Providers Association (website:

The BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) is a British Columbia based non-profit industry association. BCCPA has been working with independent continuing care providers for over 35 years.

BCCPA membership is voluntary. Association members include over 130 residential care, assisted living and home care members, as well as over 135 commercial members across British Columbia. Each year, over 16,000 seniors in residential care and over 11,000 supported by home care & home support services by BCCPA members.

The focuses of BCCPA are foster standards and quality of care, sustainability of services, relationship building, and membership services.

30 Jun

Pharmacy BC attends S.H.A.R.E. and showcases Pharmacy with Care

June 30th, 2015

On June 27, the Richmond-Delta chapter of CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons) held S.H.A.R.E (Seniors Health and Resource Expo) to showcase community partners. Over 500 people visited the expo to view and test the services and products of the 100 exhibitors gathered at the South Arm United Church. Along with the exhibitors, there were door prizes and senior-specific seminars.

PharmacyBC was present at S.H.A.R.E represented by PharmacyBC’s Directory of Pharmacy Services, Renee Lodge-Thornley. The expo attendees learned about PharmacyBC’s Pharmacy with Care program. The Pharmacy with Care program provides members with regular visits (daily or weekly) from a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) that can help with a variety of drug administrative and medicine review tasks. Additional services such as prescription refilling and delivery is available free of charge.


ABOUT CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons)

CARP is a national non-profit organization promoting financial security, equitable access to healthcare and freedom from age discrimination representing over 300,000 members across Canada. Through active advocacy efforts, CARP has been recognized as a national leader in advancing the needs and interests of aging Canadians. CARP consults politicans and media on matters related to the aging populations. CARP’s advocacy issues include pension reform, rights of older workers, importance of caregivers. CARP members operate over 60 community chapters across Canada to raise awareness of local public policy related to the aging population. A CARP membership is open to people of all ages. Please visit to learn more or join as a member.

18 Jun

Bob Rai appointed to Alumni UBC Advisory Council

June 18th, 2015 is proud to announce that Bob Rai (UBC Biochemistry ’91 and UBC Pharmacy ’95) has been appointed to the Alumni UBC’s Advisory Council. Bob Rai was nominated by the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ Office to join as a member on the Alumni UBC Advisory Council.

This accolade for Bob is special as he has worked hard to contribute to the profile UBC and its academic leadership globally.

Bob Rai brings his expertise along with his 20  years of professional experience as a pharmacist and entrepreneur operating a group of Medicine Shoppe pharmacies in the Greater Vancouver Area.  In Sept 2014 he received the Medicine Shoppe Canada  Professional Achievement Award.

Bob serves the community in many facets, he is a very active person that believes in leading by example.   He has served on the  board of directors of the Victoria Drive Business Improvement Association since 1999 including serving as President.  He also served on the board of directors on the South Hill (Fraser St.) Business Association, and board of directors on  the South Vancouver Neighborhood House.  He currently sits as on the board of director’s of The Tapestry Foundation,  and is a member and Past President of The Rotary Club of Vancouver Fraserview.  He has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for his contributions to the community and Rotary Club of Vancouver Fraserview.

Bob believes in giving back and as a part of  his Charitable efforts he serves on the Cabinet of ANOM for BC Children’s Hosptial.  He is also a friend of the BC Regiment and has supported causes such as The BattleGround Tours of 2012 and 2015.

Being recognized by many organizations for his constant contributions, Bob is also a recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service and dedication to Canada.

Bob attended his first Advisory Council meeting on March 6, 2015. The Alumni UBC Advisory Council is a group of UBC alumni that provides advice and counsel to the Alumni UBC board, Alumni Director and Alumni Association. The duties of the Advisory Council members include creating strategies to engage UBC alumni, serve as ambassadors and advocates for UBC and Alumni UBC, participate in active dialogue around university issues and opportunities, and bring leadership to committees and special work teams. To learn more about the Advisory Council, please visit


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