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Alex Dar Santos Vice-president, BCPhA Board of Directors | Appointed 2016-2019 Pharmacist/Owner, Shoppers Drug Mart, Richmond Knowing that the BCPhA captures more than 85 per cent of community pharmacists in BC, should the Association try to recruit more members and/or increase the involvement of existing members? As community pharmacists on the front lines, I think it is important for all of us to be involved with the Association. That involvement starts with membership but also extends to providing input and expertise as our profession evolves. The BCPhA is very involved in shaping the future of our profession. Board members act as liaisons to members and represent the Association as a whole. What do you hear as the top three issues on members’ minds? 1. A disconnect between the College of Pharmacists of BC practice reviews and the realities of day-today practice. 2. Continued pressure on community pharmacies by public and private plans. These plans increase pharmacy workload and risk by placing increasingly complicated restrictions on formulary, dispensing quantities and brands (single-source molecules). These issues also impact patient choice and access. 3. Pharmacist prescribing – what would that look like and how will pharmacists be prepared if it comes to fruition. The Board of Directors is a strategic advisory group for the Association. How do you balance the challenge of your day-to-day job in which you address pharmacy operations, yet you must come to the Board with a strategic mindset that advances the profession as a whole? It is really important when serving on the Board to be able to compartmentalize one's day-to-day operational thinking with long-term strategy and goals. A strong operator is able to plan for the long term. As someone who wants our profession to be economically viable for the duration of my career and future generations of pharmacists, I try and keep this in mind at every meeting. Where do you see the pharmacy profession in five to 10 years? As I reflect on how I practiced pharmacy 10 years ago, I am sure practice will be significantly different than it is today. The number of cognitive and professional services that have emerged is remarkable. I believe that we will continue on this path and pharmacy practice will be even more exciting and challenging in the years to come. Pharmacists will continue to fill the gap needed in frontline health care.

Allison Nourse Past-president, BCPhA Board of Directors | Elected 2014-2017 National Professional Services Manager, Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd. Knowing that the BCPhA captures more than 85 per cent of community pharmacists in BC, should the Association try to recruit more members and/or increase the involvement of existing members? I think it’s great that 85 per cent of BC’s community pharmacists are members of the BCPhA. Pharmacists need to stay united and membership with the Association is one of the best ways to do that. All members should encourage pharmacists who are not members to become one! The Association should always be investigating ways to maximize membership value and increase membership. This mindset will also help retain membership. Board members act as liaisons to members and represent the Association as a whole. What do you hear as the top three issues on members’ minds? 1. Dealing with multiple insurance plan rules and unique adjudication and documentation criteria. 2. Finding a balance between dispensing and non-dispensing activities. 3. Advocating to patients and payers about the role of the pharmacist and the value of pharmacy services. The Board of Directors is a strategic advisory group for the Association. How do you balance the challenge of your day-to-day job in which you address your specific pharmacy needs, yet you must come to the Board with a strategic mindset that advances the profession as a whole? I have always worked in the areas of pharmacy services, strategic planning and innovation. As such, I’m very focused on finding ways to advance the profession as a whole both in my day-to-day job as well as in my role on the Board. Where do you see the pharmacy profession in five to 10 years? I’m hoping that we will finally be able to get eHealth, particularly electronic communication and file sharing with other health-care professionals, up and running. I would like to see the pharmacy profession move to 100 per cent electronic documentation – no more paper! This will allow the pharmacist to focus on therapeutics and not worry about following a piece of paper around the pharmacy. bcpharmacy.ca

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