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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

Canadians ponder health care sustainability

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) has responded to a recent communiqué issued by Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers regarding the nation’s health care system. While expressing support for the premiers’ concern about the system’s economic sustainaibility, Neighbourhood Pharmacies emphasizes that health care sustainability must include pharmaceutical pricing models that deliver

Canadian pharmacy group tabs interim leader

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) has announced the promotion of Justin Bates to senior vice president and interim chief executive officer. The association’s board also said it would conduct a search for a permanent successor to president and CEO Denise Carpenter, who left the organization on May 24. Bates said

Neighbourhood Pharmacies CEO Carpenter exits

Neighbourhood Pharmacies CEO Carpenter exits

TORONTO — Denise Carpenter, president and chief executive officer of the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada, has left the organization. Neighbourhood Pharmacies said late Tuesday that Justin Bates, vice president of pharmacy affairs, will become senior vice president of pharmacy and CEO of the association on an interim basis. A search to recruit a permanent