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Foreign Pharmacists – How Can They Practise in Canada?

Job prospects in Canada are excellent for foreign pharmacists. But how can they get their license to practice? What are the specific requirements in Quebec? And how should they prepare to get set up? Overview of the process To demonstrate their ability to adapt to Canadian standards, a foreign pharmacist has to go through many […]

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Pharmaceutical Representatives Are Sought

According to the most recent sectoral analysis from Pharmabio Development, half of the companies in the sector expect difficulties in hiring trade representatives. What profile is being sought? Concentrated mainly in Quebec and Ontario, Canadian pharmaceutical activity is booming and labour needs are increasing. While analytical chemists and lab technicians are the most sought-after professionals, […]


There Is a Shortage of Pharmacists in Health Facilities

The Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) has sounded an alarm: it will be short about 400 pharmacists in Quebec health facilities! Why? But above all, where are they to be found? A chronic problem According to Linda Vaillant, director general of APES, out of 10,000 pharmacists in Quebec only 1,600 […]

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Lab Technician — Exploding Demand

Demand for lab technicians is so high that there is a growing concern over the lack of new workers. In the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, the position of lab technician is expected to have the highest number of hirings over the next three years in Quebec. According to a report by the Pharmabio Développement sectoral […]


Chemists Are Needed Everywhere!

As evidenced by the recent scandal surrounding the absence of a chemist who is a member of the Ordre des chimistes du Québec (OCQ) at the Jacynthe René beauty care company, the issue of the importance of hiring chemists arises, outside the environment they are generally associated with, such as research or teaching. Of course, […]

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Regulations in the pharmaceutical sector are serious!

Before a medicine or treatment can be marketed, companies in the pharmaceutical sector have to comply with the regulations in force in Canada. What do those responsible for regulatory affairs do? For pharmaceutical companies, having Health Canada quickly approve their new drugs or changes to their products is the critical factor. The sooner the product […]


When Will Medical Cannabis Be in Pharmacies?

In Canada, the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) authorizes the prescription of cannabis for medical purposes, without considering the dried flower and its derivatives as a drug in its own right. What road remains to be travelled before obtaining cannabis in a pharmacy? Having initially been reluctant in recent years, the Ordre des […]


Will Online Drug Sales Transform the Industry?

Amazon is not hiding its intention to embark on the online sale of drugs, a prospect that is pushing Quebec’s pharmaceutical industry to reflect on its breakthrough in the digital world. But pharmacists are not about to stop having their well-established place in the community. Let it be said, despite the threat of serious competition […]


The Independent Pharmacist – an Endangered Species

In the pharmacy world, unity is strength. In Quebec, partly because procurement is easier for the owners of pharmacies that belong to a chain such as Jean Coutu or Uniprix, there are no more than about fifty pharmacists who go it alone. The last few holdouts, often partisans of a pharmaceutical practice more in accord […]

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How to Find the Right Distance to Keep with Customers

In a community pharmacy, close to 2/3 of the work is devoted to contact with customers. A successful interaction consists of ensuring there is a balance between personalized attention and the right distance. How do you find it? Instill trust According to Pierre-Marc Gervais, pharmacist in Montreal, it’s a matter of presenting yourself, stating the […]


Impact of Mergers and Acquisitions in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Mergers and Acquisitions in the Pharmaceutical Industry – 2018 is still young and large transactions have already been concluded in the pharmaceutical sector. Analysts also predict several major mergers and acquisitions in the industry for the current year. But in terms of jobs, what are the consequences of such a consolidation of the industry? French […]


Head Pharmacy Technical Assistant Job Overview

Valérie Roy was only 16 years old when she got her first job as a pharmacy technical assistant (PTA). After a few years, her boss appointed her head PTA. Today, as a pharmacy administrator, Valérie describes her experience as head PTA in a community pharmacy. What did you find interesting when beginning the PTA profession? […] network