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Rexall names new VP pharmacy

BY Antoinette Alexander

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Canadian pharmacy retailer Rexall has named Erik Botines as its new VP pharmacy.

In his new role, Botines will lead pharmacy programs and initiatives, pharmacy category management and the development and implementation of professional programs.

Botines has more than 20 years experience in operations, financial management and patient services. Most recently, he held senior management positions at Canada's Shoppers Drug Mart, where he was responsible for pharmacy business development, pricing and patient services.  

Botines spent the first 10 years of his career as an associate franchise owner before making the transition to corporate executive.  
 

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Amazon.com gets FAA clearance to test Prime Air

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics unmanned aircraft design that the company will use for research and development and crew training. 
 
The ruling breathes new life into Amazon.com's proposed 30-minute Prime Air drone delivery option that had been grounded in February following an FAA proposed framework of regulations governing small unmanned aircraft systems. 
 
Under the provisions of the certificate, all flight operations must be conducted at 400 feet or below during daylight hours in visual meteorological conditions. The UAS must always remain within visual line-of-sight of the pilot and observer. The pilot actually flying the aircraft must have at least a private pilot’s certificate and current medical certification.
 
These provisions fall within FAA's proposed framework of regulations issued earlier this year. 
 
The certificate also requires Amazon to provide monthly data to the FAA. The company must report the number of flights conducted, pilot duty time per flight, unusual hardware or software malfunctions, any deviations from air traffic controllers’ instructions and any unintended loss of communication links. 
 
The FAA includes these reporting requirements in all UAS experimental airworthiness certificates, the FAA stated.
 
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Research project aims to bring personalized medicine to British Columbia patients through community pharmacists

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

VANCOUVER — Twenty-two pharmacies in rural and urban locations across British Columbia have been selected to participate in a research project that aims to help bring personalized medicine to patients through community pharmacists.

The "Genomics for Precision Drug Therapy in the Community Pharmacy" project is the first of its kind in North America. It is funded by the BC Pharmacy Association and Genome BC, with research done by a team at the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The research project focuses on using community pharmacists to collect saliva samples to test how an individual's DNA can impact medication selection and dosage. The project will develop standard operating procedures for the collection of patient saliva samples by community pharmacists as well as procedures for the processing and sequencing of the DNA in these samples by UBC researchers.

Across the province, the 22 pharmacies will recruit 200 volunteer patients, who are currently taking the anticoagulation drug warfarin, to be part of the study. Researchers will do a retrospective analysis of DNA information to learn how genetics would have altered the drug dosage patients were prescribed.

Pharmacy locations include Burnaby, Courtenay, Cranbrook, Enderby, Fort St John, Hope, Houston, Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Port Coquitlam, Port McNeill, Prince George, Surrey, Vancouver, Victoria and Williams Lake.

"Pharmacists, who are experts in medication, are the health-care practitioners best positioned to collect and use patient genetic information to help make medication selection and dosing decisions," stated Geraldine Vance, CEO of the BC Pharmacy Association. "Over time, the aim is to use DNA to make decisions about the most commonly-prescribed medications, making personalized medicine accessible for all patients in the province."

There are more than 1,200 community pharmacies across the province, meaning any British Columbian could ultimately have access to this testing regardless of where they live.

"With the modern genome technology used in this project, the idea of personalized medicine can become a reality," stated UBC lead researcher Corey Nislow. "We know there are more than 150 medications that are impacted by an individual's DNA. This project is about using that genetic information to make decisions about which medications are right for a patient – the right drug, in the right dosage at the right time."

The British Columbia Pharmacy Association is a not-for-profit professional association that represents more than 3,000 pharmacists and more than 850 pharmacies throughout British Columbia.
 

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