Sep 20, 2010


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Zuclopenthixol easier to pronounce thanks to BVC

CALGARY – Canadian Drug Speak, a new training tool created by Bow Valley College (BVC), received an enthusiastic response from pharmacy technicians at their provincial conference this past weekend. 

“Zuclopenthixol and moxifloxacin are not easy words to spell or pronounce, but Canadian Drug Speak assists health care professionals to do both with an easy-to-use product,” says Crystal Lane, Acting Program Coordinator for the College, and one of the developers of Canadian Drug Speak. 

The only resource of its kind in Canada, Canadian Drug Speak is an audio/visual training tool that provides health care professionals with the correct pronunciation and classification of over 1,000 drug names. This user-friendly CD-ROM and booklet combination is compatible with any MP3 player, hand-held device or computer, for convenient learning on-the-go. 

Canadian Drug Speak is just one example of how the College is responding to pending legislation that will regulate pharmacy technicians as a health profession in Alberta. It is expected that later this year, the Legislative Assembly will approve new regulations to the Health Professions Act. 

For Albertans, this legislation will increase the responsibility and scope of practice of pharmacy technicians, allowing pharmacists to spend more time on pharmaceutical care-related activities such as prescribing, counselling, injection administration and medication reviews.

“The changes in legislation will mean that most pharmacy technicians will have to return to a post-secondary institution to take required bridging courses,” says Lane. 

“Bow Valley College is offering bridging courses in a flexible format on evenings and weekends to accommodate work schedules. We will also be offering the courses online once they are available.”

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