Advocacy Update

Pharmacare Position Statement

A position statement regarding the National Pharmacare Program is currently being drafted and is expected to be completed in April. So far, the Pharmacy Professional Publications Steering Committee (P3SC) has reviewed this document and provided feedback. The content of this position statement is based on the June 2016 Open Letter addressed to the Prime Minister, Premiers, and Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers of Health. The Open Letter is available on the CSHP website at: http://www.cshp.ca/advocacy/CSHPspeaks/nationalPharmacare_e.asp.

Antimicrobial Stewardship

The Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Canada Steering Committee of HealthCareCAN held a workshop in spring 2016 and has since been developing an action plan. CSHP representatives participated in the spring workshops, but previously did not have any representatives serving on the steering committee. Yvonne Shevchuk has been formally appointed to the AMS Steering Committee as a CSHP representative.

Website Design and Launch

An advocacy based website is still being developed. The proposed layout offers an advocacy tab in the main navigation screen that will direct users to position statements, records of consultations, government work, advocacy tool kits, pharmacy facts, current issues, and potentially a section for media. A Pharmacy Awareness section will include current issues, ‘Pharmacy 365’, and information about Pharmacy Awareness Month. The expected launch date of this website is early to late spring 2017.

Participation in “Choosing Wisely” Campaign

CSHP Official has agreed to participate as a full partner in “Choosing Wisely” Campaign. CSHP will be creating and endorsing a list of unnecessary test treatments and procedures in critical care. The document is currently being created and the release date has not yet been announced.

Pharmacy Awareness Month (PAM) 2017

Planning is progressing for PAM 2017. It was decided that the key themes from 2016 will be re-used. This is because the content is still truly relevant and repeating the content will reinforce CSHP branding and allow audiences to retain the messages from PAM. The updated PAM 2017 posters, brochures, and flyers are available on the CSHP website at: www.cshp.ca/advocacy/pam/index_e.asp.

PAM 2017 is being promoted through various social media outlets (e.g. Twitter, Facebook), Advocacy Committee members, student delegates, and CAPSI representatives. Patient stories will be highlighted in March on the CSHP Facebook and Twitter pages.

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