On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, a pandemic, citing concern over alarming levels of spread and severity across the globe.

The novel coronavirus has caused a global outbreak of respiratory infections since its discovery in December 2019.

The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve here in BC, Canada and other jurisdictions in the world. The College of Pharmacists of BC is working closely with the Ministry of Health and other partners to support the response to this new illness as part of BC’s health system.

The College began sharing information and raising awareness of the novel coronavirus in January 2020, and continues to support British Columbians as the crisis unfolds. BC pharmacies have been an important part of our province’s response, ensuring patients receive the drugs, supplies and knowledge they need to manage, prevent and treat a number of diseases and symptoms.

In response to the pandemic, the College has implemented a number of practice changes in order to give BC’s pharmacy professionals more flexibility to adapt to increasing demand, as well as to reduce unnecessary strain on their practices.

For a full list of updates, as well as the latest information on BC’s COVID-19 response, please visit: bcpharmacists.org/COVID19

We would like to thank all of BC’s pharmacy professionals for your service and unwavering commitment to British Columbians during this unprecedented time.

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