My Last Two Weeks on Community Placement

My last two weeks on placement at Loblaw Pharmacy have been busy. I continued to gain experience entering prescriptions into Kroll, verifying the data of entered prescriptions, billing and packaging prescriptions, and creating blister packs (NAPRA 3.1; 3.2; 3.5.1). One of the prescriptions that I entered was for another pharmacy needing to purchase a medication from us (NAPRA 1.1.1; 8.1.1). I was able to prepare a vacation supply of blister packs for a husband and wife, which required me to make a total of 44 blisters for them (NAPRA 3.1; 3.2; 3.4; 3.5.1). I also practiced mock independent double checks on prescriptions, both on blister packs and on packaged prescriptions in baskets (NAPRA 1.1; 1.2; 3.4). The pharmacy uses PharmaClick, so I was shown how it works, and how Kroll can communicate with it to place orders on low inventory (NAPRA 4.2.1; 4.2.2). The pharmacy team was also treated to pizza for meeting the flu shot quota which was a very nice surprise!

While on placement I witnessed the pharmacy ordering a narcotic from another pharmacy for an emergency supply for a blister pack I was creating (NAPRA 1.1.1; 4.2.3). I saw the pharmacist need to fax a doctor to clarify if there was a dosing error on a patient’s medication (NAPRA 1.2; 9.1.1; 9.2.2; 9.2.3). I heard a lot of patients requesting vacation supplies of their medications as it’s the time of year for many to travel. I heard the pharmacist explain to a patient that certain prescriptions expire so they can’t authorize refills without a visit to the doctor (NAPRA 1.1.1). There were a couple of patients who returned sharps to the pharmacy in special sharps containers as well (NAPRA 5.3; 9.1.1; 9.4.4). Also, patients continued to come in for flu shots from the pharmacists (NAPRA 5.2.2).

Overall, I kept very busy in the pharmacy, continued to learn and refine my skills (NAPRA 1.4.1; 1.4.2; 1.4.4; 1.4.5), seek guidance (NAPRA 1.4.3), and had the chance to see much of the theory taught in class come to life. I have gained some valuable experience!

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