Dr. Nakhla is a community pharmacist and academic with interest in minor ailments, self-care, and non-prescription medications. Since 2008, Dr. Nakhla has designed and delivered curricular content on the assessment of self-treating patients, common illnesses and self-medication using over-the-counter (OTC) medicines in both the lecture and practical laboratory setting. She has spoken at provincial, national and international meetings on these subjects, and has written a chapter for the Canadian Minor Ailments reference. In addition, Dr. Nakhla is a columnist for Pharmacy Practice+, blogging regularly about common and current issues related to OTC counselling.
- Clinical and economic outcomes of pharmacist’s prescribing for minor/common ailments
- The role of community pharmacists in assessment and triaging self-treating patients
- Nonprescription therapeutics
- Expanded Scope of Practice for Pharmacists
Research and Clinical Practice
Dr. Nakhla’s research interests include the impact of minor ailment prescribing by pharmacists on patient and health system outcomes. She is also interested in examining factors influencing OTC product selection and patient counseling.
In addition, Dr. Nakhla is dedicated and actively involved in the education and empowerment of community-based patients, pharmacists and healthcare providers regarding the safe and appropriate use of non-prescription medications.
Dr. Nakhla teaches at the undergraduate level. Course offerings have included:
- PHARM 129 Professional Practice I
- PHARM 228 Professional Practice III
- PHARM 362 Advanced Patient Self-Care
- PHARM 472 Community Practice in a Changing Environment
- PHARM 291 Seminars in Pharmacy II
- PHARM 131 Professional Practice Lab I
Armstrong D, Nakhla N. Non-prescription proton-pump inhibitors for self-treating frequent heartburn: the role of the Canadian pharmacist. Pharmacy Practice. 2016 Oct-Dec;14(4):868. doi:10.18549/PharmPract.2016.04.868. Available online, accepted November 29, 2016.
Nakhla N, Austin Z. Prescriber Notebook: A resource to support your professional development. Ontario College of Pharmacists Optimizing Patient Care (OPC) Program. 2016; 1-74. Available online, published April 29, 2016.
Nakhla N. Chapter 2: Pharmacist Assessment of the Self-Treating Patient. In: The Compendium of Therapeutics for Minor Ailments. 2nd ed. Ottawa, ON:2016. www.e-therapeutics.ca
Nakhla N, Baer P, Beland A, Lin P, Stern S. OTC pain medication in the polypharmacy era: what primary care physicians need to know. The Medical Post. April 7, 2015.
Awards and Distinctions
- 2015 University of Waterloo Student Support Recognition Award
Professional Associations and Service
- Licensed pharmacist with the Ontario College of Pharmacists
- Clinical Pharmacist (part time) at United Drug Mart
- Member, Ontario Pharmacy Association
- Member, American Pharmacists Association
- Member, Ontario College of Pharmacists Jurisprudence Steering Committee
- Staff Pharmacist – United Drug Mart Pharmacy
- Dr. Nakhla holds the title of Lecturer and Education Coordinator of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) at the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. She also co-coordinates the Self Care Course for the International Pharmacy Graduate Program and is the Academic Lead of the Minor Ailments CPD Program for Pharmacists.
- Dr. Nakhla is a member of the Ontario College of Pharmacist’s Jurisprudence Steering Committee and is active in the legislative changes being made to enhance the scope of pharmacy practice across the province.