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WEBINAR: Patient Safety Organizations (PSO): What’s In it For You?

September 12th, 2022 | In Resources, Webinars

 Tuesday, October 25 12-1 PM CST | 1-2 PM EST Medication errors are an unfortunate, yet not uncommon occurrence in pharmacies, nursing and post-acute care homes, and other healthcare settings across the United States. Each year, approximately 7,000-9,000 patients die as a result of medication errors, while hundreds of thousands more experience adverse reactions or […]

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Webinar: Fixing Medication Safety in Long-Term Care

On-Demand Webinar: Fixing Medication Safety in Long-Term Care

September 8th, 2022 | In Resources, Webinars

Watch this on-demand webinar and learn how Pharmapod can help reduce medication errors, better protect your LTC residents, and provide more insight into medication data.

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Case Study: How Harrisville Pharmacy is Reducing Medication Errors and Near-Misses

September 6th, 2022 | In Case Studies, Resources

Discover how Pharmapod has helped Harrisville Pharmacy in Moncton, New Brunswick save time, eliminate time-consuming paperwork and leverage data insights and trends to enhance patient safety. Download the case study to learn more. See how Pharmapod can help enhance patient safety and improve your pharmacy processes. Request a demo today.

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How Pharmacists Can Effectively Expand Their Scope of Practice

August 17th, 2022 | In Resources

By Carla Beaton, BSc Phm, VP Quality Improvements & Innovations, Pharmapod The pandemic proved that pharmacists can – and should – play a greater role in the delivery of healthcare in Canada. As hospitals and clinics across the country were overwhelmed with COVID, pharmacists stepped up to help immunize the population, saving lives while helping […]

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Ontario Long-Term Care Medication Safety Technology Program

August 11th, 2022 | In Resources

Apply today to make the most of your funding benefit and get the technology needed to improve medication safety and better protect your LTC residents. Deadline to apply for Phase 2 funding: September 30, 2022. Background The Ontario government is providing more than $77 million to help long-term care homes adopt advanced technologies to strengthen […]

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Ensuring Compliance with LFPSE Reporting Requirements

July 18th, 2022 | In News

Development is underway to ensure our Incident Management platform is LFPSE compatible. Learn more.

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Brochure: Medication Safety in Long Term Care

Long-Term Care Brochure

June 28th, 2022 | In Brochures, Resources

Learn how Pharmapod can support long-term care medication safety.

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Strengthening Long-Term Care Through an Improved Medication Management Framework

June 24th, 2022 | In Resources

“…a long-term care home is primarily the home of its residents and is to be operated so that it is a place where they may live with dignity and in security, safety and comfort and have their physical, psychological, social, spiritual and cultural needs adequately met.”  ~ Part 1, Fundamental Principle and Interpretation of the […]

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Pharmapod Solutions Brochure

June 9th, 2022 | In Brochures, Resources

Get our brochure and learn more about our solutions.

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[VIDEO] Pharmapod CQI Platform

June 9th, 2022 | In Resources

Discover the capabilities of Pharmapod’s cloud-based CQI platform.

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Quality Improvement Tools for Pharmacy Professionals 

May 16th, 2022 | In Resources

Process improvement is a key area in any industry, whether it is business, law or healthcare. Quality Improvement (QI) is a framework used to improve processes and systems. In healthcare, it translates to a better quality of care, healthier patients and safer medication practices. There are a variety of Quality Improvement tools that can be […]

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Webinar: Why Complete a Pharmacy Safety Self Assessment?

[ON-DEMAND WEBINAR] What’s in it for me? Why complete a Pharmacy Safety Self Assessment?

May 11th, 2022 | In Resources, Webinars

Pharmacy Safety Self Assessments (PSSA) are a crucial tool to help pharmacies in Canada and around the world improve patient safety. PSSAs enable you to proactively identify gaps in pharmacy processes where improvements can be made, both for patient safety and efficiencies. But how can you make the most of this CQI tool? What’s the easiest way […]

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Pharmacists Must Report Near-Miss Events

May 11th, 2022 | In Resources

by Carla Beaton, BScPhm, VP Quality Improvements & Innovations at Pharmapod Medication errors are a serious problem that cost healthcare systems around the world over $42 billion USD annually and contribute to approximately two million deaths each year. Improving patient safety and managing risks around medication errors is an obligation shared by pharmacy professionals worldwide, […]

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Webinar: Medication Incidents

On-Demand Webinar | Mission Impossible: Can Reporting Medication Errors and Learning from Data be Easier?

April 26th, 2022 | In Resources, Webinars

Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in healthcare systems around the world. In Canada, medical errors account for 28,000 deaths yearly and the most frequent errors involve medication mix-ups. Watch along as our two expert hosts: Highlight critical data around medication incidents Explain the surprising advantages […]

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Immunization Awareness: What Vaccines Do You Need?

April 26th, 2022 | In Resources

April 23-30 is National Immunization Awareness Week, a time to recognize the importance of immunization and the success and impact vaccines have had in protecting and saving lives in Canada and around the world. Though COVID vaccines have been dominating the headlines the past few years, there are a number of vaccines Canadian adults should […]

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New Chapter in Digital Health: e-Prescribing

April 25th, 2022 | In Resources

Why paper prescriptions no longer fit our digital health reality Medications, along with hospital costs, constitute one of the major health spending categories in Canada, with at least 1 in 10 Canadian adults regularly taking prescriptions to treat high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol or mood disorders. For years, when patients needed a new prescription or a refill on […]

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[PODCAST] What is the Future of Digital Health and How Can we Keep up with Evolving Clinical Guidelines?

April 22nd, 2022 | In Resources

Think Research (Pharmapod’s parent company) CEO Sachin Aggarwal recently joined the Ireland Canada Connection podcast to discuss the past, present, and future of digital health solutions. Listen as he explains how Think Research arms healthcare providers in Canada and around the world with the latest knowledge-based content and why it is so important that health […]

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[INFOGRAPHIC] The Cost of Medication Errors

April 22nd, 2022 | In Infographics, Resources

Medication errors and unsafe practices are a leading cause of patient injury in healthcare systems around the world. Globally, medication errors cost health systems more than $42 billion USD each year and contribute to an estimated 2 million deaths worldwide. Why medication errors happen Common sources of risk in community pharmacies include: Environmental Factors Noise […]

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How to Simplify Medication Incident and Near-Miss Reporting

April 22nd, 2022 | In Resources

There’s no denying the impact medication incidents have on patients can be devastating — one study found that up to 98,000 deaths occur annually in the United States as a result of medication incidents, while in Canada, it’s estimated that medication incidents contribute to approximately 28,000 deaths yearly. Medication errors can occur at many stages in the patient care […]

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How Pharmacists Can Better Manage Take-Home Cancer Drugs

April 22nd, 2022 | In Resources

By: Carla Beaton, VP Quality Improvements & Innovations, Pharmapod and Lisa Rambout, PhDHQ Queen’s University, Pharmacy Professional Practice Coordinator for Oncology at The Ottawa Hospital An estimated two in five Canadians will get cancer in their lifetime. The number of new cancer cases in Canada is expected to increase about 40 percent in the next 15 years, resulting in […]

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Think Research Acquires the Assets of Competitor Pharmapod Limited, including its International Medication Error Reporting Software

November 4th, 2021 | In News

Strategic deal will extend Think’s clinical electronic data capture footprint  SaaS acquisition to be accretive and expected to expand Think’s software reach TORONTO, ON, November 4, 2021 – Think Research Corporation (TSXV: THNK) (“Think” or the “Company“), a company focused on transforming healthcare through digital health software solutions, is pleased to announce today it has […]

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Pharmacies’ Dental Advice Has Potential to Save NHS Millions

July 8th, 2019 | In Resources

We all know how invaluable community pharmacies are in freeing up doctors’ time. But now a new scheme suggests they could ease the pressure on dentists, too – and potentially save the NHS millions of pounds. A pilot scheme in County Durham to give patients dental and oral health advice in pharmacies was so successful […]

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Survey Finds Four-Fifths of Pharmacists Oppose Apprenticeships

July 5th, 2019 | In Resources

Proposals to introduce apprenticeships for pharmacists have been greeted with scepticism by readers of the online Chemist + Druggist magazine. According to an online survey of readers, which include community pharmacists and their staff, just 5% said they would certainly have confidence in pharmacist colleagues who had trained under such a scheme rather than followed […]

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New Safety Report Highlights Scottish Pharmacy Errors

July 3rd, 2019 | In Resources

Cluttered shelves were among the factors causing pharmacists to dispense the wrong strength medicine in Scotland in recent months, according to the latest Patient Safety Report. As an article in the Pharmaceutical Journal explains, self-checking prescriptions and putting split strips of tablets back into the wrong box also contributed to ‘wrong strength’ cases, which made […]

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Irish Health Service Adopts ‘Open Disclosure’ Policy

June 26th, 2019 | In Resources

Healthcare workers in Ireland have been instructed to tell patients about all incidents of harm or suspected harm and to provide “sincere and meaningful apologies”. The Irish Times reports that the new Health Service Executive (HSE) policy on open disclosure affects all its 133,000 staff but is not mandatory under law and may be deferred […]

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Boost Your Pharmacy’s Bottom Line by Extending Vaccination Services

June 26th, 2019 | In Resources

You probably carry out dozens of flu jabs every winter at your pharmacy. According to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, last year community pharmacists vaccinated almost 1.3m NHS patients and over 1 million private customers. But have you ever thought about extending your private vaccination services for commercial benefit? Many businesses already are ­with Lloydspharmacy […]

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‘Look-Alike Sound-Alike’ Drugs Highlighted in NPA Report

June 24th, 2019 | In Resources

When two drugs not only look alike but have similar names, it’s no wonder busy pharmacists sometimes make mistakes. These ‘look-alike, sound-alike’ mistakes make up 29% of all patient safety errors reported to the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) in the first three months of this year. [Note that this link will open a new window […]

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New Regime Begins for Pharmacy Inspections

June 21st, 2019 | In Resources

Is your pharmacy ready for an unannounced inspection? Since the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) revamped its guidelines, inspectors could turn up at any time – with their finding published online. The new policy, due to come into effect between April 2019 and April 2020, marks a shift from the previous system where pharmacies were given […]

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Learning From Mistakes: Lessons From Australia

June 19th, 2019 | In Resources

It’s a situation that every good pharmacy strives to avoid: an official reprimand or caution over potentially catastrophic failures in processes. But that’s what happened in three cases in Victoria State, Australia. The owners were called up before the Victorian Pharmacy Authority (VPA) to explain a catalogue of issues. Their errors, fortunately, did not cause […]

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Under Pressure: Tackling the Rise in Patient Safety Incidents

June 6th, 2019 | In Resources

As a pharmacist, you want – above all – to help your patients. That’s what inspired you to choose this career, and that’s what keeps you going through the long days and the on-going challenges. So the news that patient safety incidents reported to the National Pharmacy Association [Link will open PDF in new window] (NPA) […]

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Medication Safety in Australia and the Learning Health System Approach

May 30th, 2019 | In Resources

Kyle Malone, Pharmacist, MPharms MPSI, looks at how medication safety in Australia can be improved by implementing a learning health system. Although medicines are the most common form of treatment in healthcare systems, their use can be associated with troublesome side-effects, adverse drug reactions, as well as the risk of more serious harm. In particular, […]

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Should Pharmacists Be Able To Prescribe Medications?

May 29th, 2019 | In Resources

Is it possible to expand the role of pharmacists within the healthcare system without increasing the scope for medical error? According to an Australian medical body, the answer is no. [click_to_tweet tweet=”The body that represents Australian GPs says #pharmacist prescribing is “beyond the profession’s scope of practice.” ” quote=”The body that represents Australian GPs has […]

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Pharmapod Ranked in Top 10 European Providers by Healthcare Tech Outlook

May 27th, 2019 | In Resources

Pharmapod has been named one of 2019’s Top 10 Medical Practice Management Solution Providers in Europe by Healthcare Tech Outlook Magazine. Healthcare Tech Outlook Magazine is a print magazine which features CIOs, ITVPs, CTOs, and other decision makers sharing their insights and perspective on the healthcare industry. A panel of experts, technology leaders and board members […]

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When Medicine Makes You Sick: Rising Levels of Stress Found Among Pharmacists

May 23rd, 2019 | In Resources

Pharmacies should be places that improve health, but for those who work in them, the opposite is often true. The percentage of pharmacists reporting that they are stressed is on the rise, increasing from 68% in 2016 to 74% in 2018, according to a C+D survey. What can be done to halt the rise in […]

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Pharmapod Delivers the World’s First Global Learning Health System for Reducing Medication Errors

May 1st, 2019 | In Resources

According to the European Medicines Agency, medication errors account for roughly two million deaths per year worldwide. The global price tag of medication errors has been estimated at $42 billion annually – however healthcare professionals only report 14 per cent of them. Kyle Malone MPharms MPSI, Ph.D. Researcher, School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, tackles this data and shares how a […]

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Pharmapod Partners with FIP to Improve Patient Safety

April 25th, 2019 | In Resources

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and Pharmapod have today signed a partnership, to offer an infrastructure for effective incident management and continuous quality improvement for pharmacists internationally. The partnership agreement was signed at the 1st FIP Regional Conference for the Eastern Mediterranean in Amman, Jordan. Medication errors are a significant global problem, impacting millions of lives daily. […]

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What is the Future of Community Pharmacies?

April 10th, 2019 | In Resources

It’s no secret that the high street is changing. Where once each community had a range of small shops, a post office, a bank and a handful of pubs, many of these are closing as people opt to do more online or in large superstores. Where does this leave the community pharmacy? According to Niall […]

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Care Homes Have the Highest Staff Turnover of Any UK Sector

April 10th, 2019 | In Resources

A new report has found that the care sector has the highest turnover of all industries in the UK – a full one in three workers leave the sector each year. How does this shortfall impact pharmaceutical error? Low pay, won’t stay A study from the Care Association Alliance in partnership with legal firm Royds […]

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Pharmapod’s CEO Discusses the Launch of the World’s First Medication Error “Response Team Community”

March 30th, 2019 | In Resources

Pharmapod’s CEO Leonora O’Brien discusses the launch of the World’s first medication error “Response Team Community” and the driving of real patient safety change through Artificial Intelligence and Pharmapod’s Cyber-Human learning loop.   In terms of learning from Patient Safety Incidents, what is the problem with current approaches?  “Too often medication error databases initiatives internationally […]

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Pharmacists Cite Workload as Their Top Challenge

March 29th, 2019 | In Resources

People who feel happy in their work are more likely to want to do a good job and stay focused on the task at hand. It follows, then, that if people are dissatisfied in their role, they may be more inclined to lose focus and make errors. A recent survey for Pharmacy Times quizzed 593 […]

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Pharmapod Launches Canadian Response Team to Improve Patient Safety

March 26th, 2019 | In Resources

In response to the World Health Organization’s Global Patient Safety Challenge to reduce severe avoidable medication-related harm by 50% globally over the next five years, Pharmapod is establishing a local ‘Response Team’ in each country to review, analyze and evaluate the medication error data recorded. Pharmapod ’s inaugural Canadian Response Team has now launched and […]

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The True Scale of Medication Errors

March 15th, 2019 | In Infographics, Resources

Patient safety is fundamental in any healthcare system. However, medication errors can and do occur within those systems. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has a goal to reduce severe avoidable medication-related harm by 50%, globally by 2022 via its Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm. To achieve this, pharmacists need to share data about medication […]

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Remedy’sRx Specialty Pharmacy and Pharmapod Partner to Improve Medication Safety in Long Term Care and Residential Care Homes

March 1st, 2019 | In Resources

As a first in Canada, Remedy’sRx Specialty Pharmacy is extending the Pharmapod Global Learning Health System to the Long Term Care, Retirement, Supportive Living and Group Home sector, responding to the need for increased quality and safety of the medication management system. Pharmapod will provide a medication incident reporting platform that records medication incidents and […]

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“Using Pharmapod is a Win-Win…” – K&K Healthcare

February 1st, 2019 | In Resources

“Using Pharmapod is a win, win… you would be silly not to sign up” K&K Healthcare Ltd has been established for over twelve years, with two retail pharmacies and one internet pharmacy, they have around 20 employees and have been a Numark member for 12 years. The retail pharmacy branches offer NHS and private services […]

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Pharmapod Wins Business of the Year at The Irish Women’s Awards

January 22nd, 2019 | In Resources

Last night, the winners of the inaugural Irish Women’s Awards Ireland were unveiled at a gala ceremony in the Crowne Plaza Dublin. The awards ceremony welcomed over 200 guests and served to showcase the contribution of women to various industries and professions such as Law, Medicine, Technology, Arts, Sport, Education and many more. The awards […]

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Exciting New Partnership between Pharmapod and Numark

August 31st, 2018 | In Resources

The Pharmapod partnership with Numark creates a place whereby Numark members can record incidents and near misses in a timely manner. Striving for excellence in patient safety has always been of upmost importance to the Numark corporation. The integration of Pharmapod’s technology will aid with the fulfillment of this mission. Pharmapod’s dynamic software which replaces […]

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Pharmacy Assessment Tool For Pharmacists

August 1st, 2018 | In Resources

As we enter into the August, pharmacists across Ireland are beginning their preparations to fill out the Pharmacy Assessment System for the second half of 2018. The Pharmacy Assessment System is a self-audit tool for pharmacies. It provides a practical way for the supervising pharmacist, superintendent pharmacist and pharmacy owner(s), in conjunction with their pharmacy […]

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New Brunswick Regulator Mandates Incident Reporting

June 25th, 2018 | In Resources

Error reporting has now become mandatory in New Brunswick. On June 2nd, 2018, the New Brunswick regulator made a monumental change to the way the territory approaches medication errors within pharmacies through ratification of legislation. It is now a requirement for all pharmacies to have an error reporting system in place. To be compliant of […]

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UK Pharmacy Order to be enacted this April

May 17th, 2018 | In Resources

The Pharmacy Order This April 2018, the Pharmacy (Preparation and Dispensing Errors- Registered Pharmacies Order 2018) has provisionally come into force making changes to the Medicines Act 1968. Passed by the Houses of Lords and Commons last December, the order provides new defences for inadvertent preparation and dispensing errors made by registered pharmacy professionals (registered […]

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IPU Conference 2018

May 10th, 2018 | In Exhibitions, Resources

The Pharmapod team had a fantastic time attending the IPU conference at the end of April. Since it’s creation 8 years ago, the Conference has grown from strength to strength. It has become a national event for pharmacists whereby attendees can network with each other, bringing together shared experiences and learnings. With nationally and internationally […]

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Pharmapod secures $3million in from Canadian Pharmacists Association

May 3rd, 2018 | In Resources

April 26, 2018 (Dublin): Irish software company Pharmapod today announces that it has secured $3million (CADS) in investment from the Canadian Pharmacists Association (‘CPhA’). Pharmapod develops market leading technology for reducing medication errors for patients and has recently won a competitive tender to implement a medication error reporting system across over 4,300 pharmacies in Ontario, […]

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Pharmapod’s New Faces of Patient Safety Campaign

April 24th, 2018 | In Resources

Faces of Patient Safety Patient safety is a topic of discussion which should always be at the forefront of pharmacists’ minds. Pharmapod is launching it’s  “faces of patient safety” with the ambition of offering leaders in patient safety an opportunity to voice their opinions on best practice in healthcare. By collaborating with others and discussing these practices, […]

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Medication Safety Program

Pharmapod To Implement the Largest Medication Safety Program of its kind in Canada

November 8th, 2017 | In Resources

Pharmapod Ltd is pleased to announce it has been selected by the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) to implement a medication safety program across all the pharmacies in Ontario. Ontario is the largest province in Canada with 4,129 pharmacies out of a total number of 10,100 pharmacies nationwide. Pharmapod was selected as part of a […]

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Pharmapod’s CEO is Selected for EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women

October 31st, 2017 | In Resources

Pharmapod’s CEO Leonora O’Brien is the First Irish Woman selected for EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women™, Europe – a year-long executive leadership program designed for established, women-led businesses that are ready to scale operations and become global market leaders. O’Brien is among female entrepreneurs from 17 businesses cross 11 countries in Europe selected for the class of 2017. […]

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Pharmapod Wins Pharma Contract Services Company of the Year

October 6th, 2017 | In Resources

We are delighted to announce that Pharmapod has won the title of Pharma Contract Services Company of the Year at the Pharma Industry Awards 2017. This year’s annual Pharma Industry Awards took place yesterday, October 5th, in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road. Now in its fourth year, the awards aim to recognise and celebrate the […]

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Attention pharmacies in Scotland – Are you ready for the new requirement to report complaints?

October 2nd, 2017 | In Resources

There is a new requirement for NHS Scotland contractors, including pharmacies, to submit quarterly reports to the Health Board relating to their complaints received – Pharmapod can help. Medication errors have been identified as the most frequently reported problem in primary healthcare for children. This has been shown in a recent study published by the […]

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Pharmapod Announces Partnership with the National Pharmacy Association

September 18th, 2017 | In Resources

Pharmapod are delighted to announce their new partnership with the UK’s National Pharmacy Association (NPA). The NPA is the trade association for independent community pharmacy owners in the UK. It has been supporting, protecting and representing community pharmacy for 100 years. Its aim is to help pharmacists succeed professionally and commercially for the benefit of […]

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Just Culture Enhances Patient Safety in the Healthcare Sector

June 29th, 2017 | In Resources

Blame is at the root of a serious cultural problem in the healthcare sector. A blame culture discourages professionals from reporting errors and prevents learnings and system improvements. Pressure currently exists to assign individual accountability and responsibility for all errors. Team members can spend a great deal of time trying to cover up mistakes rather […]

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The Future of Healthcare is in the Cloud

June 14th, 2017 | In Resources

Cloud systems are revolutionising the way healthcare providers interact with patients and peers. Cloud-based systems offer increased storage capacity with maximum security as well as easy collaboration, leading to more advanced healthcare decisions. Cloud-based storage offers healthcare providers the ability to store a significant amount of data. Organisations are no longer restricted by the capacity […]

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Less Than Half of Pharmacists Carrying Out Required Medication Reviews

May 26th, 2017 | In Resources

The PSI’s Inspectors have discovered that less than half of pharmacists who provide services to residential care home patients carry out regular medicine reviews as recommended by the PSI, the Pharmacy Regulator in Ireland. What are the requirements for medication reviews for patients in a residential care home setting and pharmacist’s obligations? The PSI produce […]

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Handling of Medication Errors in Pharmacies a Concern for The PSI

April 12th, 2017 | In Resources

A recent article by The Times claims that a quarter of all prescription medicines sold by pharmacies are dispensed in breach of legislation. The Times article states that the PSI, the Pharmacy Regulator in Ireland is particularly concerned at the way in which medication errors are being handled at pharmacies ‘A third of all pharmacies failed to keep a […]

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Introducing our new National Sales Manager, David Coleman

March 27th, 2017 | In Resources

We are delighted to introduce David Coleman as our National Sales Manager at Pharmapod. David talks to us about his career to date and his thoughts on pharmacy and Pharmapod.  What is your career background? I have been in and around the pharmacy industry for 20 years in various roles, usually in PMR software.  I’ve […]

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Patient Safety Report

Pharmapod launches its Patient Safety Report to ensure your pharmacy is inspection and QPS ready

February 20th, 2017 | In Resources

The Pharmapod system helps you claim up to £1,280 per pharmacy under the Quality Payments Scheme (QPS) for submitting your Patient Safety Report. Pharmapod is the leading software for Patient Safety in pharmacy practice. It ensures your pharmacy adheres to best practice and all legal and professional requirements. The platform has succeeded in creating a hugely positive network […]

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See How The New Quality Payment Scheme Will Benefit Your Pharmacy

December 20th, 2016 | In Resources

Do you run or own a pharmacy in England? Continue reading to see how the new Quality Payment Scheme will benefit your pharmacy. The Quality Payment Scheme was recently announced as part of the NHS’ new contractual framework. It offers eligible pharmacies up to £12,800 per annum on fulfilling certain quality criteria. To be eligible for the quality payment […]

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Pharmapod adds Institute of Technology Carlow to its Learning Community

December 7th, 2016 | In Resources

Pharmapod is delighted to announce the addition of another training institution to its learning community. A new system has been introduced at the Institute of Technology Carlow that will see the Incident Management and Learning System integrated within the Pharmacy Technician syllabus for the current academic year. Pharmapod will provide the Institute of Technology Carlow students […]

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Pharmapod CEO Announced as the Winner of this Year’s Pharmacist-led Team Award

November 28th, 2016 | In Resources

We are very honoured to announce that Pharmapod has been chosen as the winner of this year’s pharmacist-led team award. The Clanwilliam Pharmacist Awards 2016 was held last Saturday, November 26th, in the Mansion House, Dublin.  The Awards aim to provide an occasion that recognises the contribution of the profession to healthcare in general, as […]

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How Can Digital Management of SOPs Save You Time and Money?

November 15th, 2016 | In Resources

SOPs are used as guidance for governance and quality assurance within the pharmacy business. In short, it clearly describes who does what, where, when and how.  As outlined by the PSI, a written standard operating procedure which describes how to perform a given operation should be generated for all pharmacy processes .Correctly implemented SOPs result […]

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Pharmapod team nominated for distinguished Pharmacist Award

November 1st, 2016 | In Resources

The Pharmapod team have been nominated for the Pharmacist-led team Award at the 2016 Clanwilliam Pharmacist Awards to be held at the Mansion House in Dublin on November 26th. Now in its 11th year, the awards aim to celebrate pharmacy and raise awareness of the outstanding work being undertaken by pharmacists and their teams across the country. The […]

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Pharmapod Board Member Appointed as new CEO of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce

October 4th, 2016 | In Resources

Mary Rose Burke, an esteemed member of the Pharmapod board, has recently been appointed as the new CEO of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. The Dublin Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of all businesses in the Greater Dublin area, offering the opportunity to promote business and to get involved in its future direction. Mary […]

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Pharmapod launch with Inphaserve to promote excellence in patient care

September 13th, 2016 | In Resources

Growing exponentially since its 2012 launch, Pharmapod has signed an exciting deal with the Inphaserve buying group which will see its award winning Global Incident Reporting & Learning System being rolled out across 35 of its independent community pharmacy members in the UK. The Inphaserve group’s main focus is to provide independent pharmacies with a […]

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Raj Patel elected president of the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU)

Pharmapod Board Member elected as President of the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU)

August 22nd, 2016 | In Resources

Pharmapod has the great pleasure of having Rajesh Patel MBE as a valued member of its board since 2014. As owner of the Hollowood Pharmacy group where his team are dedicated to providing excellent service to their local communities, to representing his profession at both a European and a global level, Raj has deep expertise […]

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Fair International Commerce

Pharmapod Approved as Signatory of Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce

August 15th, 2016 | In Resources

We are proud to announce that Pharmapod has been approved as a signatory of the Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce. The Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce is a global initiative of the International Business Standards Organisation (IBSO), designed to empower businesses and organisations to promote peaceful and sustainable global development. The IBSO is […]

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Patient Safety Group Incident Reporting Principles

Pharmacy Voice’s Patient Safety Group Launches Incident Reporting Principles

July 25th, 2016 | In Resources

The Patient Safety Group has launched a number of incident reporting principles in their most recent Patient Safety Bulletin. The group, established by Pharmacy Voice, has agreed upon this set of core reporting principles from the results of their anonymous survey into incident reporting and safety culture. This continues the Patient Safety Group’s great work […]

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Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland Report Poor Figures Regarding Incident Management

June 13th, 2016 | In Resources

The PSI recently published the results from their 2015 inspections which were conducted across 144 pharmacies nationwide. The results showed that only 65% of pharmacies are compliant with error reporting and incident management requirements. This indicates that almost two in five pharmacies have an absence of a culture of recording errors and do not have […]

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Alphega Pharmacy National Winner 2016

May 24th, 2016 | In Resources

Our team at Pharmapod recently attended the 2016 Alphega Pharmacy U.K Conference. The conference is designed to help pharmacies grow their business by providing them with an opportunity to hear about new services and solutions, therefore it was a great opportunity for us to showcase our system. It also included an award ceremony to announce […]

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Royal Pharmaceutical Society report

NHS Could Save £135m Annually By Having a Pharmacist in Every Care Home

February 25th, 2016 | In Resources

The NHS could save a massive £135 million a year by having a pharmacist in every care home across the UK according to a new report published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). The report, ‘The Right Medicine – Improving Care in Care Homes‘, highlights that having pharmacist-led reviews in care homes improves both patient safety for the […]

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HPAI Conference

Pharmapod CEO announced to speak at HPAI Conference 2016

February 5th, 2016 | In Resources

Pharmapod founder and CEO, Leonora O’Brien, has been announced as a speaker at this year’s Hospital Pharmacists Association of Ireland Conference. The HPAI holds an annual educational conference and this year it will be taking place on the 8th – 10th of April in the Crown Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin. The HPAI is a voluntary organisation that […]

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Pharmapod Lecture

To Err is Human, to Learn, Professional

February 1st, 2016 | In Resources

“To Err is Human, to forgive divine” – While healthcare professionals may not necessarily seek forgiveness for error, they should seek one thing above all; to learn. Last week in Dublin’s Royal College of Surgeons, Mena Eskander delivered a lecture introducing the topic of medication errors to the school’s second-year undergraduate pharmacy students. Medication error is not […]

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Pharmacy Voice Survey

Pharmacy Voice Launches Patient Safety Survey

January 12th, 2016 | In Resources

Pharmacy Voice is currently running an anonymous survey for all community pharmacies across England. The aim of the survey is to gather views on the current patient safety incident reporting and learning processes that are in place. Pharmacy Voice is very concentrated on promoting patient safety throughout the healthcare industry. They want community pharmacies to […]

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Pharmapod announce agreement with Trinity College Dublin

Pharmapod sign agreement with Trinity College Dublin

September 2nd, 2015 | In Resources

Pharmapod are proud to announce the signing of an agreement with Trinity College Dublin which will see its Incident Management and Learning System being launched in Trinity this coming academic year for use throughout the pharmacy degree programme. Pharmapod will provide Trinity students with the latest innovation in recording and analyses of medical error data […]

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Pharmacy Voice Patient Safety Bulletin

Pharmacy Voice launches new Patient Safety Bulletin

August 12th, 2015 | In Resources

Pharmacy Voice established in 2010 by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), Company Chemist’s Association (CCA) and Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp), is a unified representative body for all community pharmacy owners. Pharmacy Voice has released the first issue of their new biannual Patient Safety Bulletin. This bulletin includes the work of the patient safety […]

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Pharmapod Launch With Superdrug to Drive Best Practice in Patient Safety

July 16th, 2015 | In Resources

Growing exponentially since its 2012 launch, the award-winning organisation Pharmapod has signed a landmark deal with Superdrug which will see its revolutionary Global Incident Reporting & Learning System being rolled out across the 210 Superdrug pharmacy and wellbeing clinic stores in the UK. Pharmapod specialises in the development of innovative cloud computing solutions for the […]

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AIMp logo

Pharmapod Elected Honorary Members of AIMp

July 11th, 2015 | In Resources

We are delighted to announce that Pharmapod has been elected an honorary member of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp). Representing medium-sized pharmacy chains ranging from 5-300 pharmacies, the AIMp serves the interests of these businesses throughout the UK through robust representation and negotiation with relevant state and professional bodies. They nominate members to […]

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World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day: 4th February

February 4th, 2015 | In Resources

World Cancer Day 2015 will take a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer, highlighting that solutions do exist across the continuum of cancer, and that they are within our reach.  The campaign will explore how we can implement what we already know in the areas of prevention, early detection, treatment and care. […]

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Medication Error Conference

Pharmapod Attends Medication Error Conference London

February 2nd, 2015 | In Resources

The Medication Error Conference focused on reducing medication errors and improving patient care with a focus on a zero tolerance approach. “Progress has been made over the last decade to detect, report and learn from patient safety incidents, but further improvements are needed to increase the number of incident reports, improve data quality and maximise […]

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HPRA Safety Notice

HPRA Safety Notice – Medical Devices in the Home

February 2nd, 2015 | In Resources

Medical devices that are used in the home have become more sophisticated and complex ranging from hearing aids and nebulisers to more complex infusion pumps and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) units. In vitro diagnostic medical devices such as blood glucose meters and INR self-testing devices are also routinely used. The benefits are wide-ranging; including improved quality of […]

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Screenshot Incident Reporting Systems

New Research on Incident Reporting Systems

January 27th, 2015 | In Resources

A new study published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care shows that electronic management and clinical information systems can be used to improve the rate and quality of error reporting. The study was carried out in two hospitals in Sydney by a team of researchers from the Centre for Health Systems and […]

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Pharmapod CEO helps launch NDRC & UCDs exciting new Future Health Accelerator Programme

January 9th, 2015 | In Resources

Our CEO Leonora, helped launch the @NDRC and @UCD‘s exciting new Future Health Accelerator Programme yesterday.  FutureHealth, is  a new early stage start-up programme in Dublin focused on the digital-health sector. NDRC and UCD and are currently calling on clinicians, researchers and technologists to come on board. The programme will have places for 10 teams over an eight-week […]

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Leonora O'Brien

Leonora O’Brien’s Interview with Irish Tech News

January 9th, 2015 | In Resources

Leonora was recently interviewed by SimonCocking from Irish Tech News. What is your background? I’m a qualified pharmacist and journalist. What is the problem Pharmapod is trying to solve? Millions of people are harmed unnecessarily by medication errors every year. One of the barriers to improving this situation is that there is a very low reporting of medication […]

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New Year – New You – #AskYourPharmacist

January 5th, 2015 | In Resources

Most of us will make a New Year’s resolution – maybe to lose weight, quit smoking or exercise more often – but only one in 10 of us will achieve our goal. Psychologists have found we’re more likely to succeed if we break our resolution into smaller goals that are specific, measurable and time-based. Your local pharmacy can […]

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Women Mean Business Interview

December 19th, 2014 | In Resources

Download (PDF, 199KB) Leonora was interviewed by Orla Grant, Women Mean Business, December 2014

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Alcohol and Medicines

December 18th, 2014 | In Resources

There is often confusion over mixing alcohol and medicines. As the weather gets colder, and we meet up for drinks and dinner with family and friends, we look into the facts about alcohol and medicines. People taking sedative drugs (like diazepam/Valium) or antidepressants (like fluoxetine/Prozac) should avoid alcohol altogether People taking long-term medications should be careful […]

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Change Management

December 15th, 2014 | In Resources

Many of you will be planning changes for your pharmacy in 2015, and if you are today’s blog post will hopefully maximise your change management strategies. If you haven’t started yet, hopefully this will be a great starting point for future change! This article is a summary of a blog post by Torben Rick. To […]

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Pharmapod Community Christmas Countdown

December 11th, 2014 | In Resources

Over the next 14 days we will share an important community message each morning to highlight some of the wonderful work, much of it voluntary, that is done in communities across Ireland. Hopefully this will highlight the work you yourself may do, or help inspire you to support those less fortunate this Christmas.  As we […]

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4th National Patient Safety Conference

November 17th, 2014 | In Resources

The 4th National Patient Safety Conference took place in Croke Park on 7th November 2014. Representatives from the Pharmapod Team were in attendance on the day. The conference was opened by the Minister for Health, Mr Leo Varadkar, TD. The Minister praised the work being done by people across Ireland to improve patient safety, but […]

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Pharmapod Office Opening

November 17th, 2014 | In Resources

The Pharmapod Team were delighted to welcome colleagues and friends to our Office Opening last Tuesday. There was a great turnout despite the awful rain. The evening was a great way to mark recent events, with the people who have helped to make it all happen. Niamh Bushnell, Dublin Startup Commissioner (centre) and Tom McGuinn, […]

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Pharmapod secures two major Irish Pharmacy industry tenders

November 17th, 2014 | In Resources

An innovative Irish start-up has secured two major national tenders to provide unique software and training for the Irish Pharmacy profession. Pharmapod won the tenders with the Royal College of Surgeons and the newly-established Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) which was founded to promote excellence in the areas of patient care, professional standards, education and […]

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October 29th, 2014 | In Resources

November: Leonora recently won Irish Tatler Women of the Year 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014. You can read Leonora’s article in the December edition of Tatler Magazine here (just click on the article itself to download – file size 2.6mb): October: 2014 Bank Of Ireland Start Up Awards: Silver – Innovative Startup of the Year […]

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Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2014

October 28th, 2014 | In Resources

The Pharmapod Team attended the Bank of Ireland Start Up Awards 2014, last Thursday, October 23rd. We received two awards: Gold in Women in Business Startup of the Year and Silver in Innovative Startup of the Year.  Over 700 SME’s entered the competition and many were represented at the Awards Ceremony. All of these companies and individuals are a […]

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Successful Study Tips

October 13th, 2014 | In Resources

Here is a great SlideShare of study tips for all our Pharmacy Students and Pharmacists preparing for exams: The Best Study Tips Revealed from Connect: Professional Women’s Network

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Preventing ‘Alert Fatigue’

October 9th, 2014 | In Resources

An article in CBC News Canada yesterday highlights the importance of preventing ‘Alert Fatigue’ in pharmacies. A Go Public Report into the death of Helena Lambert, 76, in British Columbia, Canada, found that important warnings about the interaction between two of the medications dispensed were missed, even though software used in the pharmacy would have flagged […]

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GRLS Version 2.0 Launch

October 8th, 2014 | In Resources

The Pharmapod System GRLS has been upgraded from Version 1.0 (V1), to Version 2.0 (V2).   Some of the important changes include: 1. Login with email address instead of PSI number: This is to allow non PSI registered members of staff, such as Pharmacy Technicians and support staff, to participate fully in incident reporting and […]

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2014 Pharmacy Show

October 8th, 2014 | In Resources

The Pharmapod Team have just returned home after a busy weekend at the 2014 Pharmacy Show. The Pharmacy Show took place at the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham on October 5th and 6th. The Show is one of the largest and most important events, with over 7,000 pharmacy professionals coming together to share ideas, discuss issues and […]

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Leonora wins WMB Woman in Technology Award

October 8th, 2014 | In Resources

On Monday, Leonora was the winner of the 2014 Women Mean Business Woman in Technology Award. The Award is presented for innovation and leadership, and the winner must have shown aptitude and passion in the technology field. The award category has been created to recognise the importance of encouraging more women into careers in technology. […]

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74th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014

September 24th, 2014 | In Resources

Our team recently flew to Bangkok for the 74th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014. The FIP Congress brings pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists from all over the world to discuss issues relevant to the pharmacy profession – and to work towards increasing the role of the pharmacist in the provision of healthcare services. The delegates and […]

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Recently Won National Tenders

September 24th, 2014 | In Resources

Pharmapod recently won a national tender to develop a Core Competency Self-Assessment Tool (“CCSAT”) that will be used by all pharmacists in Ireland to self-assess their core competencies and identify their professional development needs. The tender is with Royal College of Surgeons and The new Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) which was founded to promote […]

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