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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


Interview

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? […]


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Digital Pill: When Technology and Medicines Join Forces

The digital pill: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved the first ever drug with an ingestible sensor that records the time when it is taken by the patient. A new era in pharmacy has just opened.  On November 13, the FDA announced it has approved, in the United States, the first digital […]


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What does the Work of a Clinical Research Associate Consist of?

Clinical research is a fascinating field. Things are moving at a dizzying pace and there is no such thing as routine. Annie Raymond Desgagné has worked in it since 2005. She started out as a junior clinical scientist, then became a Clinical Research Associate (CRA). Even today she feels she is actively involved in advancing […]


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Naloxone Offered Free of Charge in Several Canadian provinces

To counteract the increasing number of cases of opioid intoxication, more and more Canadian provinces are providing access through pharmacies to naloxone, a drug administered to reverse the effects of an overdose. After Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, it’s Quebec’s turn to offer naloxone free of charge through […]


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