COVID-19: Physician Communication

A summary of all communication sent out from CPSA and our partner organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic

Messages from CPSA

Messages to physicians from CPSA

Messages from our partners

NWT COVID-19 Response

The Northwest Territories are looking to physicians from Alberta, for help responding to the pandemic. Find how to get involved.

Canadian Medical Protective Association

Alberta College of Pharmacy

The Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) has provided pharmacists with the following direction to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep this in mind when you are prescribing:

ACP recommends pharmacists advise and assist their patients who require medication on a regular basis, to ensure they are up-to-date and have a sufficient supply to manage their chronic conditions. If the patient does not have an adequate supply, pharmacists should take steps, including contacting the prescriber or adapting prescriptions as appropriate. Aim to provide patients only an adequate supply, as stockpiling medications in large quantities is unnecessary and could trigger drug shortages.

If self-isolated patients require medications, ideally the patient should have someone to act as their agent to pick up the medications from the pharmacy (who is not ill and has not been exposed). If this is not possible, medications may be delivered to the patient, but processes should be developed to prevent direct contact with the patient while maintaining security of the drugs and patient confidentiality.

When presented with patients whose pharmacies are closed and have no access to their patient records, pharmacists are advised to review Netcare and other evidence of ongoing therapy as a part of their assessment to renew the prescriptions. Refer to the ACP Prescribing algorithms for adaptation and renewal to aid in decision-making.

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) and European Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA)