Professional Development

As valuable health professionals, pharmacists are accountable to the patients they care for by ensuring their knowledge and skills are kept up-to-date and they remain competent to practice. One of the ways that pharmacists, like other professionals, ensure their competence to practice is by being involved in continuing professional development (CPD).

ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES


*All sites are Canadian unless otherwise indicated.

DRUG INFORMATION

MANITOBA DRUG BENEFITS AND INTERCHANGEABILITY FORMULARY

The Manitoba Drug Benefits and Interchangeability Formulary lists drugs that are approved as eligible benefits under Pharmacare.  The website provides .pdf files for the Interchangeability Formulary, Specified Drugs Regulation, Amendments to the Formulary, and Part 3: Exception Drug Status.

CANADIAN ADVERSE REACTION NEWSLETTER

The Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter is a reputable source of adverse reaction information from Health Canada and is published quarterly, in January, April, July and October of each year. This publication alerts health professionals to potential signals detected through the review of case reports submitted to Health Canada. With free subscription, the newsletter can be sent directly to your email account. Reporting of adverse reactions can also be done at this website .

HEALTH CANADA: DRUG PRODUCT DATABASE

This Health Canada page contains product-specific information for both active and discontinued drugs in Canada.

DRUG INFO RESOURCES: GUIDE FOR PHARMACISTS DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY

A very comprehensive free website that provides links to pharmacy related topics in over 60 categories including: adverse drug reactions, substance abuse, pharmacoepidemiology, PDA usage and much more.  There is also an Internet Tutorial for Pharmacists section to assist pharmacists in becoming familiar with using the Internet to locate and evaluate drug information. The website provides different case scenarios while linking to useful websites for drug information.

e-CPS and e-THERAPEUTICS

Both e-CPS and e-Therapeutics are online drug resources for health care professionals produced by the Canadian Pharmacists Association.  The e-CPS is similar to the print version, but updated biweekly and contains new sections such as a "product identification tool" and printable handouts for patients.  e-Therapeutics is a new, regularly updated product that combines an online version of the book "Therapeutic Choices", e-CPS, Lexi-Comp's Lexi-Interact and more.

The HEART.ORG (US)

The Heart.org is a comprehensive online resource for healthcare professionals on general cardiology and all things related to the heart. It is a free-with-online-registration website that is produced by WebMD . The site is updated daily.

CANADIAN PHARMACIST’S LETTER

Canadian Pharmacist’s Letter is a monthly print/online publication that provides unbiased evidence and advice for the pharmacist on new developments in drug therapy. The website includes current and past issues of the Letter, patient handouts, useful charts, continuing education programs and information on new drugs in both the US and Canada (American website available through a link on the website). All materials require paid subscription to access. Included in the subscription is the option of Palm or Pocket PC versions of the publication with web-like searchability.

MD CONSULT (US)

MD Consult is a service of Elsevier, a healthcare and medical science publisher, and operates a family of electronic information resources that aim to meet the clinical content needs of physicians and other healthcare professionals. There are various editions of the publication that specialize in various areas of general medicine. PDA references are also available. All services require a paid subscription; a 30-day trial is available.

MOTHER RISK

Motherisk is an online health resource for pregnant women and healthcare professionals treating mothers. It is a project of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada and is affiliated with The University of Toronto. The site provides free information regarding drugs in pregnancy and other pregnancy-related health issues.

RxFILES

RxFiles is a program that is funded by the Saskatchewan Health Region which aims to provide pharmacists and physicians with a source of reference to optimize drug therapy. A team of pharmacists compile RxFiles Drug Comparison Charts, which can be printed online, purchased as a booklet or downloaded for PDA use. The site also includes periodic newsletters about pertinent drug therapies.

MEDICAL LITERATURE DATABASES

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS JOURNAL CLUB

The ACP Journal Club collects abstracts from several other primary care journals and publishes them in a bi-monthly print edition. The general purpose of the ACP Journal Club is to select from the biomedical literature articles that report original studies and systematic reviews that warrant immediate attention by physicians attempting to keep pace with important advances in internal medicine. A subscription is required to access all the articles.

MEDSCAPE

A free-with-online-registration website that provides learning resources for all healthcare professionals. More than 40 MEDLINE-indexed journals are available and can be searched by the various health topics along with daily health news.

PUBMED

PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.

PDA RESOURCES

EPOCRATES

This site contains both free and paid-subscription software for Palm Pilots and Pocket PCs. It also has an online drug reference site – the free version does not include their neat pill identifier, med calculator, alternative medicine monographs and patient education information, among other things, but still contains useful monograph information.

LEXI-COMP

  One of the most well-known and comprehensive drug references available for PDAs. The site has all its PDA software for sale, in addition to other education accessories such as wall charts, flip charts and patient booklets.

PATIENT SAFETY RESOURCES

INSTITUTE FOR SAFE MEDICATION PRACTICES CANADA (US site also available)

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada is an independent national non-profit agency committed to the advancement of medication safety in all healthcare settings.  ISMP Canada works collaboratively with the healthcare community, regulatory agencies and policy makers, provincial, national and international patient safety organizations, the pharmaceutical industry and the public to promote safe medication practices. ISMP Canada prints bi-monthly Safety Bulletins and Medication Safety Alerts that can be viewed for free online.  Bi-weekly newsletters are available with subscription.  The site also includes services and tools to help address and prevent medication errors. 

Report actual and potential medication errors to ISMP Canada via the web at https://www.ismp-canada.org/err_report.htm or by calling 1-866-54-ISMPC. ISMP Canada guarantees confidentiality of information received and respects the reporter’s wishes as to the level of detail included in publications.

INSTITUTE FOR HEALTHCARE IMPROVEMENT (US)

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1991 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  This website includes descriptions of the many programs IHI is involved with, message boards and a detailed “tools” resource section.

CANADIAN PATIENT SAFETY INSTITUTE

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute is an independent not-for-profit corporation that functions at arm's length from governments, system stakeholders and regulatory bodies. CPSI performs a coordinating and leadership role across sectors and systems, promotes effective strategies and leading practices to improve patient safety, and raises awareness with stakeholders, patients and the general public about patient safety.  The website provides news and resources about patient safety initiatives in Canada.

MANITOBA INSTITUTE FOR PATIENT SAFETY

The Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety (MIPS) was created in 2004 by the provincial government. The Institute promotes, coordinates and facilitates activities that have a positive impact on patient safety throughout Manitoba while enhancing the quality of health care for Manitobans. The website provides information about Manitoba patient safety initiatives, relevant news releases and information about the organization.

SENIOR HEALTH RESOURCES

PARTNERS SEEKING SOLUTIONS WITH SENIORS

Partners Seeking Solutions with Seniors (PSSS) a coalition of Manitoba stakeholders including representatives from a range of service providers and interests – seniors, senior-serving organizations, health care, addiction services, pharmacy, self help groups, government, and universities.  This website provides resources for preventing substance abuse with seniors and for creating awareness of abuse issues among seniors.

SENIOR LIVING

Senior Living and Seniors' Resource Network are online resources with the latest news on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions affecting seniors.

ONLINE PHARMACY JOURNALS

ANNALS OF PHARMACOTHERAPY (US)

The Annals is an independent, peer-reviewed monthly medical journal that advances the safe, effective, and economical use of medications in patients. Article categories include: Original Research, Comprehensive Reviews, Case Reports Editorials. All articles require subscription for viewing.

CANADIAN PHARMACISTS JOURNAL

The Canadian Pharmacists Journal is the bi-monthly journal of the Canadian Pharmacists Association. It publishes peer reviewed, clinical and research articles of interest to Canadian pharmacists. Select articles are available for free; no web registration is required.

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF HOSPITAL PHARMACISTS

The Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy is the official publication of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. It is a bi-monthly, refereed, scientific journal that publishes original research, clinical reviews, case reports, and topical discussions on pharmacy practice that are of interest and value to health care practitioners in institutional practice. Abstracts are available for free. All articles require subscription.

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

The Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology is a peer-reviewed scientific journal specializing in Therapeutics. All articles are available absolutely free online.

ONLINE MEDICINE JOURNALS

  ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE (US)

The Annals of Internal Medicine is the monthly journal of the American College of Physicians. It was the first publication to adopt the structured abstract format, and is renowned for its clear, accurate, and rigorous analysis of vitally important topics. Subscribers have free access to all articles. All articles 6 months or older are available for free download; no web registration is required. Articles can be downloaded onto PDA’s with a special “Annals.org Reader” software available free with subscription to the journal.

BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL

The British Medical Journal is a weekly journal that aims to publish rigorous, accessible and entertaining material that will help doctors and medical students in their daily practice, lifelong learning and career development. In addition, it seeks to be at the forefront of the international debate on health. They publish original scientific studies, reviews and educational articles, and papers commenting on the clinical, scientific, social, political, and economic factors affecting health. All original research articles are available free online; all other articles require subscription.

CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL

The Canadian Medical Association Journal is a general medical journal publishing original research and review articles, commentaries and editorials, practice updates, an arts and ideas section and health news. New articles are uploaded every second Monday. All articles are available absolutely free online.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

The Journal of the American Medical Association is an international peer-reviewed general medical journal published 48 times per year and is one of the most widely circulated medical journals in the world. Articles 6 months or older are available with free web-registration (called: Register as Guest). Subscriptions are required for all other articles.

NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE (US)

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is a weekly general medical journal that publishes new medical research findings, review articles, and editorial opinions on a wide variety of topics of importance to biomedical science and clinical practice. Subscribers have free access to all NEJM articles. With free online registration users can view all NEJM articles that are 6 months or older. Articles and issues can also be downloaded onto PDA’s.