The Island Capsule is a publication of the PEI College of Pharmacy and is forwarded to every registrant of the College on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month.
Welcome to Registration Coordinator Carly Lam
The Council and staff of the PEI College of Pharmacy would like to welcome Carly Lam to the College office. Carly will be working as the College's registration coordinator and will be available to assist with any registration-related questions. She can be reached at 902-628-3561 or by email at email@example.com.
Medication Incident Reporting in PEI
The Council of the PEI College of Pharmacy has adopted the NAPRA Model Standards of Practice for Continuous Quality Improvement and Medication Incident Reporting by Pharmacy Professionals. The College has approved an implementation timeline requiring all community pharmacies to start reporting medication incidents/near misses by January 31, 2023.
Please visit the PEICP website for guidance on how to begin the process of implementing medication incident reporting in your pharmacy:
The following information is being shared on behalf of Health Canada
Health Canada recognizes and appreciates the essential front-line role of your members during the shortage. Pharmacists across the country have gone above and beyond to ensure the health and safety of a vulnerable population, and we thank you for your dedication.
Recently we have received many emails from the public asking for help to access specialized infant formula. It appears Health Canada recommendations are not always applied by pharmacists, which is creating confusion.
We would therefore appreciate if you could share this email and its attachments with all your members to help promote the use of a consistent approach. It contains some useful information that can help your members be better prepared to answer questions from families.
Types of infant formula
Regular infant formulas contain intact proteins or partially hydrolyzed proteins for babies with intolerances and gastrointestinal discomfort. There is currently no shortage of regular infant formula in Canada. These types of formula are still found on shelves in retail stores and pharmacies.
Hypoallergenic infant formulas contain extensively hydrolyzed proteins (for mild allergies) or are amino acid based (for severe or multiple allergies). There is a shortage of these formulas. To help manage their limited supply, it is recommended thathypoallergenic formulas be only available to families through ordering at the pharmacy counter and should not be found on shelves.
About the shortage
The shortage of specialized infant formula results from the temporary closure of an important manufacturing facility operated by Abbott Laboratories in Michigan. We learned that activities resumed on July 1 and that production will ramp up slowly, initially focusing on amino acid-based formula.
Health Canada will continue to work with manufacturers to make sure that supply is maintained until the situation stabilizes. This could take several months.
Role of pharmacists during the shortage
The shortage of specialized infant formula has become highly distressing for certain families, and they are turning to pharmacists to find supply. Pharmacists should be prepared to answer questions and know how to access hypoallergenic formula so that parents are not turned away.
Health Canada recommends that pharmacies should not maintain inventory of hypoallergenic formula and that these products should only be ordered upon request. Please consider including signage on the shelves to redirect families to the pharmacy counter for ordering hypoallergenic formula.
Translated label information to distribute to families upon purchase is available for printing in Appendix A of Health Canada’s Interim Policy.
Please do not draw from hospital stocks, as the latter need to be protected for babies that were hospitalized because they found no other options.
Health Canada developed an information package containing resources relevant to the daily practice of pharmacists during the shortage. These resources were collated on the Canadian Pharmacists Association website. Available information includes:
A Health Canada fact sheet with advice for families during the shortage. This may help you answer questions from concerned parents.
A list of all infant formula that could be found during the shortage, along with estimated timing of next shipments and the UPC to help you search for these formulas. **
A list of distributors for provinces **
Label information for formula imported during the shortage
** Information on products and on distributors are also found in attachment, for convenience.