Friday Five (June 23, 2023)

The June 23, 2023 edition of the Friday Five is now available,

Please be advised that the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) is experiencing a technical issue with its data management system impacting email communications with all registrants. CPhM will not send this week’s issue of the Friday Five by email. Instead, pharmacy professionals should access the Friday Five on our website until the issue is resolved.

Data Management System Outage and Improvements 

The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) is in the process of transitioning to a new data management system (DMS) service provider to enhance the user experience for registrants, staff, and the public. The DMS software supports several services connected to the CPhM website, including the registrant login, pharmacy professional and pharmacy portals, and public registers. 

The new DMS will be released in several phases, with each phase enabling more features and functionality. The transition to an improved DMS requires two types of system outages: 

  • The Pharmacist and Pharmacy Public Registers and the public Pharmacy Technician List will be unavailable between June 30, 2023 to July 4, 2023. 
  • Pharmacy Professional and Pharmacy Portals accessed through your registrant login will be unavailable from June 30, 2023 to September 5, 2023. 

During the temporary portal outages, all changes or updates to your profiles must be submitted to CPhM (preferably by email): 

  • For registration-related inquiries, profile updates, and updates to the Professional Development Log, please contact: 
  • For general questions about the outage and transition, please contact: 

The registrant login portal and access to profiles will be released in the second phase, scheduled for early September 2023. 

Please note that licence renewal for 2023 will be available on the new DMS and will follow a similar online process to past years. 

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this change in service. Additional information and user instructions will be provided as each phase of the new system is anticipated for release. We look forward to enhancing the online experience for all users once the new DMS is fully implemented. 

Building a Welcoming Healthcare Environment: Pharmacy Professionals’ Role in Supporting Pride Month 

Pride Month is a time to celebrate and affirm the LGBTQ+ community, but it also serves as a reminder of the ongoing work needed to create inclusive spaces in all aspects of life, including healthcare. CPhM recognizes the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in pharmacy practice and encourages pharmacy professionals to engage in ongoing learning to address potential health inequities and challenges that pharmacy professionals and patients face. 

Understanding the Principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Access, and Equity: 

Inclusion, diversity, access, and equity are fundamental principles that guide the provision of healthcare services. 

  • Inclusion entails creating an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued, regardless of their background or identity.  
  • Diversity recognizes and embraces the unique characteristics and experiences of individuals. 
  • Access emphasizes the importance of removing barriers and providing equal opportunities for all individuals to receive quality care.  
  • Equity underscores the need to address systemic disparities and ensure fairness, so that everyone has an equal chance to attain optimal health outcomes.  

Understanding and integrating these principles into pharmacy practice is essential for promoting an inclusive and equitable healthcare system. 

Pharmacy professionals play a crucial role in supporting DEI in healthcare settings. As trusted members of the healthcare team, they have direct interactions with patients, making them well-placed to promote inclusive practices. They can contribute to DEI efforts by fostering culturally sensitive communication, recognizing and respecting diverse healthcare beliefs and practices, and advocating for equitable access to medications and healthcare services. Engaging in ongoing learning, pharmacy professionals can enhance their cultural competence, develop awareness of health disparities, and address any biases or barriers that may impact patient care. By actively advocating for EDI, pharmacy professionals contribute to creating a healthcare environment where all patients, regardless of their background or identity, feel heard, respected, and receive the highest standard of care. 

Expanding Knowledge through Ongoing Learning: 

Ongoing learning is crucial for pharmacy professionals to support their DEI journey and provide equitable care to all patients. CPhM has curated a selection of resources that explore EDI through a healthcare lens, sourced from various reputable organizations. These resources serve as a starting point to deepen your understanding of EDI principles and apply them in your practice: 

Last Chance to Register for the Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Webinar 1: Indigenous Health

CPhM Council made a motion to approve two mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) learning activities for all pharmacy professionals for the current and following listing/licensing years.  CPhM is partnering with the Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada (IPPC) to offer two mandatory continuing professional development webinars in subsequent years.  

The first webinar, Indigenous Health, will take place on June 26th, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., coinciding with National Indigenous History Month. It explores the history and ongoing effects of colonialism on Indigenous Peoples’ health, resilience, culture, and provides practical learning opportunities and aims to integrate Indigenous health into pharmacy practice.  The webinar will be recorded for later viewing for those that cannot attend the live event. 

Registration for the live webinar and further information, including speaker bios and learning objectives, can be found here.  

Pharmacists must view the live or recorded webinar by December 31, 2023, and pharmacy technicians have until May 31, 2024, to view it. After attending or viewing the webinar, participants should complete the learning activity evaluation to receive a statement of participation. The webinar can be claimed for up to 1.5 accredited continuing education units (CEU). 

Together, let’s work towards a healthcare system that ensures safer and more equitable care for all.  

If you have any questions, please contact 

Career Opportunity: Director of Policy and Legislation   

CPhM is presently in search of a Director of Policy and Legislation to oversee all aspects of policy development and legislative initiates to support CPhM’s mandate to serve and protect the public interest.  

The successful candidate will lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive policies and procedures that align with CPhM’s strategic goals and objectives. The individual will be key in coordinating the organization’s efforts to develop and maintain policy frameworks for both regulatory and governance purposes.  

This is a full-time permanent position, Monday to Friday, based on a 37.5 – hour workweek.  

For a complete description of the duties, qualifications, and required attributes for this position, and to apply, view the posting 

CPhM values diversity and inclusion and encourages all qualified people to apply.   

CPhM Office Hours Notice  

Please be advised that the CPhM office will be closed on Monday July 3, 2023.    

The office will resume regular hours of operation, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. 

Upcoming Events & Professional Opportunities 

Managing Drug Shortages in Pediatric Patients

Can be claimed as 0.75 accredited CEU 

Recording available here. 

Opioid Agonist Therapy 101 Introduction to Clinical Practice    

October 26 and 27, 2023    

Click here to register and for more information.