The Canadian HIV/AIDS Pharmacists Network (CHAP) was formed in January, 1997, and is comprised of pharmacists involved in HIV practice across Canada. CHAP members meet on an annual basis, communicate regularly through e-mails, and collaborate on a variety of projects and publications.
The membership structure includes a working group (made up of provincial representatives) and a general membership of pharmacists with an interest in HIV. All pharmacists wishing to join CHAP may do so free of charge, and are welcome to participate in e-mail discussions and attend the annual network meeting.
To bring together pharmacists with a clinical and research focus in HIV/AIDS to optimize patient outcomes and promote the profession of pharmacy through communications, education, research, and clinical practice.
To promote cross-country sharing of experiences and information to improve patient care.
To develop practical, clinical guidelines on the role of the pharmacist in caring for patients with HIV/AIDS.
To collaborate on research protocols which demonstrate positive drug-related outcomes.
To share continuing education resources, in order to make information on HIV drug therapy more accessible to community, hospital and ambulatory pharmacists, as well as patients.
To foster the development of HIV/AIDS pharmacist mentors.
To promote the pharmacists role in HIV therapeutics on a national level.