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12 Feb

Pharmacy BC attends the South Vancouver Community Police Fundraiser

February 12th, 2016

We had a great time at this year’s annual Chinese New Year Fundraising Dinner for the South Vancouver Community Policing Centre! Bob Rai, Harpreet Rai, Vishal Trivedi, David Lee, Michelle Liu, and Simon Zhou were present in addition to several other special guests at the venerable Fraser Court Seafood Restaurant. We were honoured to meet not only such wonderful and supportive members of the community, but also our new Minister of Defence, Harjit Sajjan. We are looking forward to next year!

PharmacyBC/The Medicine Shoppe is committed to improving and supporting our communities and their health. That is why we have rolled out several innovative service programs, such as: ‘Pharmacy with Care’, where we provide a suite of medication services provided by professional nurses; HealthTab, which enables you to complete a number of routine health tests – such as blood glucose tests – right in our pharmacies and allows you to access your results on a mobile device; and our INSTI rapid HIV tests, offered for free to the community. For more information about these programs and our other services, please visit our website at: https://www.pharmacybc.com

The South Vancouver Community Policing Centre community crime prevention office is a place where community members and businesses can meet and work with the police, in a non-crisis environment, to address crime and safety concerns. Staffed almost entirely by volunteers, day to day activities include: coordination of police crime prevention programs such as Bike Patrol; participation in community projects such as clean-up campaigns, graffiti paint-outs, public awareness initiatives; and generally helping the public with non-emergency crime-related problems. To learn more about SVCP and their services, please visit their website at: http://svcpc.com

03 Feb

PharmacyBC/The Medicine Shoppe is going to be exhibiting at exciting new conference: Aging Together Abbotsford 2016

February 3rd, 2016

PharmacyBC/The Medicine Shoppe is going to be exhibiting at an exciting new conference –  Aging Together Abbotsford 2016! Put on by Abbotsford Community Services and generously hosted by the Seven Oaks Alliance Church, Aging Together Abbotsford 2016 is a conference for baby boomers and seniors. Taking place on February 12 and 13, the conference will offer educational workshops and expert speakers, as well as vendors and exhibitors that promote a full and healthy lifestyle for older adults.

PharmacyBC/The Medicine Shoppe is committed to improving and supporting our communities and their health. That is why we have rolled out several innovative service programs, such as: ‘Pharmacy with Care’, where we provide a suite of medication services provided by professional nurses; HealthTab, which enables you to complete a number of routine health tests – such as blood glucose tests – right in our pharmacies and allows you to access your results on a mobile device; and our INSTI rapid HIV tests, offered for free to the community. For more information about these programs and our other services, please visit our website at: https://www.pharmacybc.com

Abbotsford Community Services strives to be an agency that fosters community well-being and social justice through positive action and leadership. Their primary goals are: to plan for and provide direct social and Abbotsford community services; to heighten awareness of social concerns in the community and to foster community involvement; and to create opportunities for community members to participate in serving, developing, and strengthening our communities through partnerships with the government, private organizations and individuals. To find about more about their services and programs, please see their website at: http://www.abbotsfordcommunityservices.com

31 Jan

PharmacyBC/The Medicine Shoppe to support the South Vancouver Community Policing Centre’s (SVPC) annual Chinese New Year Fundraising Dinner

January 31st, 2016

PharmacyBC/The Medicine Shoppe is happy to announce that we are continuing to support the South Vancouver Community Policing Centre’s (SVPC) annual Chinese New Year Fundraising Dinner, taking place at the delectable Fraser Court Seafood Restaurant. This year, SVPC is fundraising to support the purchase of a new mobile bike storage unit, which will enable the SVPC to continue to keep our communities safe by keeping their volunteers on the move!

PharmacyBC/The Medicine Shoppe is committed to improving and supporting our communities and their health. That is why we have rolled out several innovative service programs, such as: ‘Pharmacy with Care’, where we provide a suite of medication services provided by professional nurses; HealthTab, which enables you to complete a number of routine health tests – such as blood glucose tests – right in our pharmacies and allows you to access your results on a mobile device; and our INSTI rapid HIV tests, offered for free to the community. For more information about these programs and our other services, please visit our website at: https://www.pharmacybc.com

The South Vancouver Community Policing Centre community crime prevention office is a place where community members and businesses can meet and work with the police, in a non-crisis environment, to address crime and safety concerns. Staffed almost entirely by volunteers, day to day activities include: coordination of police crime prevention programs such as Bike Patrol; participation in community projects such as clean-up campaigns, graffiti paint-outs, public awareness initiatives; and generally helping the public with non-emergency crime-related problems. To learn more about SVCP and their services, please visit their website at: http://svcpc.com

20 Jan

Walk to Okinawa

January 20th, 2016

PharmacyBC/The Medicine Shoppe is proud to announce that we are sponsoring the first Annual Vancouver Walk to Okinawa event, generously hosted by the Vancouver Seniors Services Providers.

The Walk to Okinawa is a community based event simulating a trek from Vancouver, BC to Okinawa, Japan. Why Okinawa, of all places? The Island of Okinawa has earned the distinction of being the residence of the world’s longest-living and healthiest adults. Physical activity is one of the major pillars of the balanced lifestyle that Okinawans embrace.

The month-long walk seeks to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle by getting Vancouver seniors walking. The first 500 walkers to sign up to participate will receive a podometer to record their total steps taken during the walking event, running from February 15 – March 15, 2016. We then invite the community to please join us and our fellow sponsors at the beautiful VanDusen Gardens on Sunday, April 17th 2016 for a seniors event featuring a wide range of community organizations and services designed to improve your health.

PharmacyBC/The Medicine Shoppe is dedicated to supporting our community’s health and well-being, by participating in community events and running community-oriented health programs such as our Pharmacy with Care program and introducing the technology-forward program, HealthTab. To learn more about our programs and services and how they can be leveraged to improve your health, please see our website at www.pharmacybc.com.

The Vancouver Seniors Services Providers are a group of senior service providers in the Vancouver area who deliver a broad range of quality services and products to seniors and their families. Their mission is to improve the lives of seniors and the families with excellence, integrity and compassion. To learn more about Vancouver Seniors Services Providers and their services, check out their website at www.seniorsvancouver.com.

08 Dec

Research project reaches key milestone

December 8th, 2015

On Nov. 26, the final 200th patient saliva sample arrived at UBC’s sequencing lab as part of the research project “Genomics for Precision Drug Therapy in the Community Pharmacy”.

The 18-month project is jointly funded by the BC Pharmacy Association and Genome BC and uses community pharmacies to help make drug therapy decisions using a patient’s DNA. Research is being done by a team at UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Community pharmacists began recruitment of patients, who are or have been on the anticoagulation medication warfarin, in late April 2015.

A total of 33 pharmacies across the province were involved, and 39 pharmacists were trained on the projects’ standard operating procedures.

As part of the project, each community pharmacist underwent rigorous training that included face-to-face, one-on-one training on patient privacy and legislation as well as operational procedures such as sample collection and shipping back to UBC for sequencing the DNA.

“We weren’t out to test the science,” says Geraldine Vance, CEO of the Association. “We know the science works. What we wanted to find out is could this be done by community pharmacies. And we proved it could.”

The team at UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is now sequencing and analyzing the DNA samples. They’ll generate reports that model how a patient’s DNA would have impacted their drug dosage, and the final reports will be completed by early February 2016. It’s important to note that in this research phase, neither the patients nor their doctors will receive results.

A surprising learning from the project was the interest by patients and pharmacists, says Dr. Corey Nislow, UBC’s lead researcher for the project.

“I was very pleasantly surprised how enthusiastic both patients and pharmacists were for the project,” he says.

The next step for the project is to launch a 1,000 patient trial across Canada, which we hope will begin later next year. The second phase of the project will examine not just warfarin, but will expand to look at other medications impacted by a person’s genetics and deliver reports back to the patient and their prescribers. Community pharmacists will counsel and collect patient samples and send them back to UBC for sequencing and analysis.

“This project very effectively proved this could be done,” Nislow says. “Now we want to make sure what worked in B.C. will work in the Maritimes, will work in the Prairies and work in Ontario.”

07 Dec

PharmacyBC attends the St. Paul’s Hospital Continuing Medical Education (CME) Conference

December 7th, 2015

The St. Paul’s Hospital CME conference focuses on that evidence based review of practical information, new trends in the industry, and discussion of important, controversial topics useful specifically targeted towards physicians practicing in urban or rural areas.

The 61st edition of this annual conference, centered on primary care medicine, provided us a great opportunity to discuss the ‘Pharmacy with Care’ program with primary care physicians.

The PharmacyBC booth was operated by Renee Lodge-Thornley, Director of Pharmacy Services, and  Pharmacist Vishal Trivedi. Conference attendees were eligible to enter a giveaway draw for Purdy’s chocolates.

About Providence Health Care (website: https://www.providence.on.ca)

Providence Health Care was founded in 1857 and today is a leader in rehabilitation for patients who have experienced strokes, orthopaedic surgery, and geriatric rehabilitation.

About St. Paul’s Hospital (website: http://www.providencehealthcare.org/hospitals-residences/st-paul’s-hospital)

St. Paul’s Hospital is one of the oldest seven health care facilities operated by Providence Health Care. St Paul’s Hospital is home to the Pacific Adult Congenital Heart Disease unit.

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