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Neighbourhood Pharmacies appoints pharmacy, public affairs execs

Neighbourhood Pharmacies appoints pharmacy, public affairs execs

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada has named Sandra Hanna as vice president of pharmacy affairs and Aimee Sulliman as senior vice president of public affairs. A pharmacist and co-owner of an independent pharmacy, Hanna is a sought-after adviser in the pharmacy industry, Neighbourhood Pharmacies said. In her new role at the association, she will work closely with members to

In Canada, pharmacy aims to bolster health care role

Heading into 2018, the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) has become the acknowledged leader and advocate for our members across Canada. Our newly strengthened management team has a mandate focused on helping to shape health policy in the provinces and federally, providing new growth opportunities for members and mitigating the negative impact from

Canadian group picks Leger to be chairman

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) has named Jeff Leger, executive vice president of pharmacy and health care at Loblaw Cos. and Shoppers Drug Mart, as the new chair of the association. “I am very pleased to take on this leadership role and to work with the staff and members of

Ontario’s free Rxs for kids: Would it happen here?

Ontario’s free Rxs for kids: Would it happen here?

The push to repeal the Affordable Care Act is again under way, with the House this week passing the latest iteration of the G.O.P.’s American Health Care Act in a close vote. Coverage of essential health benefits and pre-existing conditions are among the key ACA benefits in the crosshairs. Worse, millions of Americans could end

Neighbourhood Pharmacies backs Rx workplace study

Neighbourhood Pharmacies backs Rx workplace study

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada and the British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) are supporting research to assess the pharmacy workplace across several provinces. Neighbourhood Pharmacies said the study, by the EY National Health Care Team, is aimed at bringing more clarity to such factors as employment standards, training and prescription volume trends,

Ontario asks pharmacists to administer more vaccines

Ontario asks pharmacists to administer more vaccines

TORONTO — Continuing to expand pharmacies’ health care role, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will enable pharmacists to administer vaccines for 13 diseases in addition to seasonal influenza. Starting December 15, Ontario pharmacists can provide vaccinations for shingles (herpes zoster), chicken pox (varicella), hepatitis A and B, human papillomavirus (HPV), haemophilus influenzae

Ontario expands pharmacists’ vaccine authority

Ontario expands pharmacists’ vaccine authority

TORONTO — Continuing to expand pharmacies’ health care role, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will enable pharmacists to administer vaccines for 13 diseases in addition to seasonal influenza. The ministry said Thursday that, starting Dec. 15, Ontario pharmacists will be able to give customers vaccinations for shingles (herpes zoster), chicken pox (varicella),

Strategic plan mapped out by Neighbourhood Pharmacies

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) has released its new 900 Day Strategic Plan, a mission statement for how the organization can advance the interests of its retail pharmacy members. The new plan represents not simply a change in focus but a renewal and enhancement of the organization’s strategic orientation, Neighbourhood

Loblaw decides to rejoin Canadian association

TORONTO — Loblaw Cos./Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM), Canada’s largest food and drug retailer, has rejoined the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada. The company’s return “is an important recognition of the benefits of association membership, our strategic plan and the work under way to innovate the pharmacy reimbursement model with emphasis on patient health outcomes,” stated

Loblaw, SDM rejoin Neighbourhood Pharmacies

Loblaw, SDM rejoin Neighbourhood Pharmacies

TORONTO — Loblaw Cos., which as Canada’s largest food and drug retailer operates the Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw chains, is rejoining the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada, the nation’s retail pharmacy trade group. Neighbourhood Pharmacies said Friday that Loblaw/Shoppers Drug Mart is returning to the association’s membership in time for one of the group’s

Neighbourhood Pharmacies names full-time CEO

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) has appointed Justin Bates as its permanent chief executive officer. Speaking to the appointment, board chair Vivek Sood said: “I am very pleased to announce Justin’s appointment as permanent CEO. The board is confident that, under his leadership, we will succeed in increasing member engagement,

Neighbourhood Pharmacies tabs Bates as CEO

Neighbourhood Pharmacies tabs Bates as CEO

TORONTO — Justin Bates has been named as full-time chief executive officer at the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada. Neighbourhood Pharmacies announced the appointment on Monday. Bates became interim CEO of the association in May following the departure of Denise Carpenter. Bates joined Neighbourhood Pharmacies’ predecessor organization, the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS),

Canadians express confidence in retail pharmacy

TORONTO — Canadians’ general impression of pharmacy is at a two-year high, according to a Nanos Research survey performed on behalf of the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada. Three-quarters of Canadians hold views of pharmacy that are positive or somewhat positive, according to the survey of 1,000 Canadians conducted between May 27 and June 1.

Neighbourhood Pharmacies readies for Executive Summit

Neighbourhood Pharmacies readies for Executive Summit

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada plans to hold its Executive Summit here next month. Focusing on the changes in Canada’s prescription drug market, the event will have “The Future of Pharmacy Reimbursement” as its theme, Neighbourhood Pharmacies said. Industry leaders will provide perspectives on the evolving pharmacy landscape and current challenges to