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Revision to Pharmacy Influenza Vaccine Notifications

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24

Oct

2017

Revision to Pharmacy Influenza Vaccine Notifications

This is a message on behalf of the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists.

To: Nurse Practitioners in Nova Scotia

From: Beverley Zwicker, Registrar, Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists

The Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists is pleased to advise you that Nova Scotia pharmacists will no longer be faxing you a Drug Administration Notification Form each time they administer the influenza vaccine to one of your patients.

Over the years, the NSCP has received concerns from numerous primary care providers that the substantial number of faxed notifications they receive from community pharmacies during flu season is overwhelming and contributes to alert fatigue. Many have expressed a preference for not receiving these notifications to prevent other, more important notifications from being lost in the shuffle.

Since October 2016, all pharmacies in Nova Scotia have been updating the provincial Drug Information System (DIS) each time they immunize a patient for influenza. Subsequently, pharmacists have reported that completing the Drug Administration Notification Form duplicates the documentation they create in the patient’s provincial DIS record and that it takes time they would otherwise use to serve patients.

In response to these concerns, the Council of the NSCP reviewed the requirements for pharmacists when they provide influenza immunizations. Council agreed that rules for practice must be limited to what is needed for appropriate patient care, and that careful consideration must be given to whether a required activity unreasonably encroaches on pharmacists’ time with patients. Therefore, Council agreed to discontinue the requirement for pharmacists to send primary care practitioners a completed Drug Administration Notification Form when they administer the influenza vaccine. Please note that pharmacists will continue to notify primary health care providers in all other instances when they administer a drug by injection.

Authorized primary care providers in hospital and in community may view patients’ medication profiles, which include records of influenza vaccinations, in the Drug Information System Portal (DIS). Information on the DIS and how to gain access is available on the Government of Nova Scotia’s Drug Information System website. Questions regarding the DIS can be sent to DIS@novascotia.ca.

The NSCP supports patient-centred healthcare and the provincial movement towards ‘One Person, One Record’ and sees discontinuing the faxing of the influenza vaccine administration forms as another step towards that important goal.

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