Pharmacists' Matters is a podcast hosted by the Ontario Pharmacists Association that brings forward the issues that matter to the pharmacy profession with insightful commentary and interviews.
COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Ontario
The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines has raised various conversations regarding the logistics and implementation. In this first podcast episode of 2021, Justin Bates, CEO of OPA has an insightful discussion with healthcare thought leaders, Kristen Watt, Pharmacist and Owner of Kristen’s Pharmacy, and Dr. Alykhan Abdulla, Assistant Professor and Chairperson of the Section of General and Family Physicians. In this episode, you’ll uncover suggestions and key considerations for a successful COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the science behind mRNA vaccines and how they differ from traditional vaccines, tips on how to provide patient education and build vaccine confidence, and potential operational challenges that could arise with the distribution. Kristen and Dr. Abdulla also dive into the impact the pandemic has had on the mental health of healthcare professionals and provide suggestions on how to unplug and recharge. Lastly, the group shares recommendations on where the healthcare community and public can stay up-to-date regarding vaccine news and developments.
Political landscape in Ontario, Canada and the U.S. and its impact on healthcare
Political analyst and journalist, Amanda Galbraith, joins OPA CEO, Justin Bates, to discuss the political environment in Canada and the United States. Discussions include opinions on the U.S. election and potential outcomes, policy positions as they relate to healthcare, and other notable platform positions. We will also focus on politics in Canada both at the federal and provincial levels. Topics to be discussed include national pharmacare, and more provincially focused issues such as COVID-19 testing and immunization.
COVID-19 testing in pharmacy: the Alberta story
Alberta has long been a leader in the pharmacy space, and their ability to build healthcare capacity during COVID-19 is no exception.In this episode of Pharmacists’ Matters, pharmacy leaders, Margaret Wing and Bruce Winston, from Alberta join us to discuss COVID-19 testing in pharmacies and how the Alberta model is driving pharmacy opportunities for greater patient care and system sustainability. We discuss how the model works in Alberta and identify lessons learned that can be applied here in Ontario and elsewhere.
Medicinal cannabis and pharmacy
While cannabis was legalized in Canada in 2018, patients who receive authorization from a licensed healthcare provider have been allowed to use cannabis as part of their medical treatment. Under the current Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation (ACMPR), the only legal distribution method remains by mail order from licensed producers direct to patients. Cannabis is one of the only regulated drugs that is not dispensed in a pharmacy. In this episode we discuss the status of medical cannabis in Ontario.
Pharmacy’s role in addressing racism
As one of the most accessible healthcare providers to patients within a community, pharmacy professionals have an opportunity to play a key role in ensuring that the care they provide meets the needs of diverse communities. In this episode, Justin Bates hosts our distinguished guests, Dr. Sandra Leal and Dr. Jaris Swidrovich, to discuss barriers that exist and how they can be addressed and eliminated to improve patient care and the profession.
LGBTQ+ care in pharmacy
Providing inclusive care for LGBTQ+ patients goes beyond mastering clinical knowledge and encompasses an awareness and appreciation for cultural differences that characterize the LGBTQ+ community. Our pharmacy panel of experts discuss how pharmacists are uniquely positioned to provide care for LGBTQ+ patients and what OPA is doing to educate pharmacy professionals about this topic.