SCPP HISTORY

Significant Achievements in the History of the College

 
1911

SPhA established with the passage of the first Pharmacy Act assented to on March 23, 1911.

1936

Celebrated the 25 th anniversary of SPhA.

1961

Celebrated the 50 th anniversary of SPhA.

1974

"The Pharmacy Amendment Act , 1971" , or the “Act to amend the Pharmacy Act, 1971 ” received Assent.

1975

Co-operated in the design and implementation of the Saskatchewan Prescription Drug Plan.

1977

Mandatory continuing education for Saskatchewan pharmacists.

1981

Major changes to the Standards of Practice implemented, including mandatory patient profiles and safety vials. 

1982

Voluntary implementation of the “Drug Caution Code Program” in pharmacies. 

1983

Co-operated with the Department of Health in the implementation of Health Information Centres in many pharmacies. 

1986

Implemented the “Professional Services Area” concept, whereby the dispensary and front store containing over-the-counter medication would be distinct from the remainder of the premises. 

1986

Implemented “Medicine Cabinet Clean-Up” campaign.

1986

Celebrated the 75 th anniversary of SPhA.

1988

Co-operated with the physicians and dentists in the design and implementation of the “Triplicate Prescription Program”.

1989

Co-operated with the design and implementation of the “Plastic Health Services Card Project” and the TALTEK Pharmaceutical Network.  

1989

Banned Talwin® Compound – 50 from Saskatchewan pharmacies. 

1990

Launched a voluntary campaign to remove tobacco from pharmacies.

1990

Conducted a major study of the continuing education needs of the pharmacists. 

1991

Implemented second “Medicine Cabinet Clean-Up” campaign. 

1991

Replaced the “Pharmacists at Risk” with “Members’ Assistance Program,” making a broad range of counseling services available to pharmacists.  

1992

Participated in the second annual National Pharmacy Week.  

1992

Co-operated with Health and Welfare Canada in the implementation of the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program. 

1992

Developed a policy for pharmacist services in rural Saskatchewan where conventional services do not exist.  

1993

Completed our “Building Project” with the purchase and relocation of our office to the 700-4010 Pasqua Street location.

1993

Co-ordinated the development of pharmaceutical care pilot projects.

1993

Planned, developed and implemented the first “SunSmart” campaign for June.

1994

Established the Protocol for Disposal of Unused and Outdated Drugs.

1994

Initiated “Pharmaceutical Care Development Program”.

1996

Created, developed and launched the “Trial Prescription Program”.

1998

The Pharmacy Act, 1996 proclaimed into law on January 1, 1998. With the new Act, Saskatchewan became the second province to adopt the national model drug scheduling system and the first to adopt the National Harmonized Schedule.

1998

Passed the Exempted Codeine Bylaw restricting the sale of OTC products exceeding 50 solid dosage units and in liquid preparations exceeding 100mL.

1998

Reorganization implemented with the Representative Board of Saskatchewan Pharmacists, established as an independent but not autonomous organization on July 1, 1998. 

2000

Signed the Mutual Recognition Agreement with 8 other provinces to enhance the mobility of pharmacists across Canada, effective July 1, 2001. This included important changes to membership categories:

                        a. Practising – active member involved in direct patient care

                        b. Non Practising – active member not involved in direct patient care

2001

Reorganization complete as the Representative Board of Saskatchewan Pharmacists (RBSP) became incorporated as an organization legally separate from SPhA effective July 1, 2001. 

2002

Effective July 1, membership is RBSP became voluntary, but malpractice insurance continued to be a practising membership requirement. 

2003

Effective July 1, the “Structured Practice Experiences Program” at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition became equivalent to the internship requirement for registration. This eliminated the post-graduate internship and allowed graduates to access a Conditional Practising Membership. The conditions are removed upon obtaining the Certificate of Qualification from the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). 

2003

The Learning Portfolio became the continuing education requirement for license renewal. 

2003

Bill 22, “An Act to Amend The Pharmacy Act, 1996 ” was proclaimed to achieve three goals:

a.   Change the name of SPhA to the “Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists” (SCP);

b.   Recognize our authority to disburse the “check-off” funds for alternative reimbursement to the Representative Board of Saskatchewan Pharmacists; and

c.   Grant Council the authority to make bylaws governing the prescribing of drugs by pharmacists.

At the same time, pharmacists were granted the ability to prescribe emergency contraception. 

2007

Celebrated the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy 2007 Pillar of Pharmacy Award honouring Registrar Ray Joubert on November 13, 2007. 

2011

On March 4, Regulatory Bylaws of the SCP were amended allowing pharmacists to prescribe drugs (Section 23). Prescriptive Authority and Minor Ailments courses were designed and made available to pharmacists in order to prescribe these specific drugs. 

2011

Launched “Partners in Prescribing – My Pharmacist Knows” public education campaign. 

2011

Centennial celebrations:

a.   Established SCP Centennial Scholarship Fund, Inc. to replace the Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Fund

b.   Commissioned Ward Schell to produce a work of art as a fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund.

c.   Celebrated the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy 2010 Pillar of Pharmacy Award honouring Bev Allen on March 23, the 100 th anniversary date of the Pharmacy Act.

d.   Hosted a Past-Presidents’ Luncheon & Reunion on May 1

e.   Established the Centennial Pharmacy Award

2011

Introduced the College’s newsletter SCOPe.

2011

On August 4 – 6, hosted the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy/American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy District V Annual Meeting in Saskatoon.

2012

A Privacy Officer for each pharmacy became mandatory.

2012

Level I prescription authority training became mandatory for licensure.

2012

Minor Ailments Prescribing by pharmacists:

a.   February 1 – implemented first three conditions

b.   May 24 – implemented next four conditions

  2013

Major revisions to " The Pharmacy Act , 1996 " proposed:

a.   Regulation of Pharmacy Technicians

b.   Administration of Drugs

c.   Ordering Medical Laboratory Tests

2013

Implemented COMPASS pilot project.

2014

On May 1, implemented seven more conditions to Minor Ailments Prescribed by Pharmacists.

2015

On May 14, Bill 151 “an Act to amend The Pharmacy Act , 1996 and to make consequential amendments to other Acts,” was proclaimed. The Bill brought the expansion of services that pharmacy professionals are able to provide to patients. The Bill:

a.   Changes the name of the Act to “ The Pharmacy and Pharmacy Disciplines Act

b.   Changes the name of the College to the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals (SCPP); and authorizes:

  1.  SCPP to regulate pharmacy technicians as licensed members practising in an independent defined scope of practice with title protection;
  2.  Pharmacists to administer drugs by injection and other routes; and
  3.  Pharmacists to order, access and use medical laboratory tests.
2015

On October 5, Bill 151 officially came into effect.  

2015

October 19, Saskatchewan pharmacists participated for the first time in the provincial immunization program by administering the flu vaccine via injection. 

2015

On November 26, the first licensed pharmacy technician was registered in Saskatchewan.

2017

On May 15, the College offices were moved to 221A - 1900 Albert Street. Simultaneously, the College officially changes its logo.

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