Welcome to my blog!
I’m Joe Blais, a pharmacist and researcher. My mission is to help people enhance their health through a better understanding of how to safely and appropriately use medications.
Medications are complex and powerful tools that not only heal, but also sometimes cause harm. I believe pharmacists, who are highly trained healthcare professionals, are the ideal people to manage the complexities of taking medications.
My career began in hospital pharmacy. From 2011-2016, I practiced as a clinical pharmacist in internal medicine and adult intensive care at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Canada. In 2017, I relocated with my wife to her home city of Hong Kong, and started working in drug safety research. I was awarded the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship, and I am now a full-time PhD student in pharmacoepidemiology in the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, at the University of Hong Kong.
A brief summary of my training and credentials include the following:
- Registered clinical pharmacist with additional prescribing authorization, Alberta College of Pharmacists, Canada
- Registered pharmacist, Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong
- Post graduate year 1 (PGY1) hospital pharmacy residency with Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Zone
- Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmacy Specialties, USA
I think it’s important to be connected and to contribute to the profession, so I maintain membership in the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and Pharmacists Connect (Hong Kong).
Purpose of the blog
Through my research and blog posts, I hope to raise awareness of healthcare issues in Hong Kong and the safe and effective use of medications. Knowledge is power. I hope to empower you to improve your health and quality of life through using the best medications, safely and correctly.
The comments and opinions shared on this website are personal. They in no way represent the views of my current or former employers. The information contained in this website should be confirmed with your personal health care professional and appropriate reference sources.