Friday Five (June 24, 2022)

This week's publication includes acknowledgement for National Indigenous Peoples Day, a notice from MVMA, and a CPhM job opportunity

 Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association Dispensing Limits 

On February 4, 2022, the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association changed its by-laws to further restrict a veterinarian’s ability to prescribe and dispense opioids, benzodiazepines and Z-drugs. 

As of February 4, 2022, veterinarians in Manitoba may only: 

  1. provide a prescription for opioids, benzodiazepines and Z-drugs for a maximum of three months; and 
  2. dispense at maximum, a one-month supply of opioids, benzodiazepines and Z-drugs. 

For more information, please contact the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association at

Acknowledging National Indigenous Peoples Day 

June is National Indigenous History Month, and Tuesday, June 21, 2022, was Canada’s 26th annual National Indigenous Peoples Day. The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) encourages pharmacy professionals and all Manitobans to take time to celebrate and learn about the history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First NationsInuit and Métis Peoples. It is also a good time to reflect on the tragedy and continuing trauma residential schools have caused and to honour the grieving survivors, their families and communities across Canada.  

CPhM encourages staff, Council members, pharmacy professionals and other pharmacy staff and health professionals to learn about the social injustice that exists for Indigenous peoples in healthcare and make a commitment to better understand why these inequalities exist. Understanding the existing inequities is a necessary first step to setting a path for positive change. 

As an initial step to better understanding the impacts of colonization and Indigenous-specific racism in Canada, all CPhM staff completed the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training program. CPhM Council members are in the process of completing the same program. 

As we strive for a more culturally safe and inclusive health system, free of racism and discrimination, CPhM understands that this is also an individual journey. It is through awareness and education that we develop empathy and understanding so that we can begin to meaningfully contribute to Reconciliation. 

Please consider the following resources as a starting point on your individual path to Truth and Reconciliation:  

Career Opportunity: Quality Assurance and Field Officer 

The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba is presently in search of a Quality Assurance and Field Officer to support quality assurance and improvement programs and conduct site audits. 

The successful candidate will provide practice advice to registrants, respond to questions from public and other stakeholders, conduct pharmacy practice audits and contribute to educational materials and guiding documents for public, pharmacists, and pharmacy owners. 

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 on-line posting:  

Applications will be reviewed from all sources as received until the position is filled.   

The College values diversity and inclusion and encourages all qualified people to apply. 

CPhM Office Hours Notice 

Please be advised that the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba office will be closed on Friday, July 1, 2022.   

The office will resume regular hours of operation, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Monday, July 4, 2022. 

Upcoming Events & Professional Development Opportunities 

Mental Health First Aid Standard (Virtual) Certification Courses 

Course Outline  

To register, please email Carissa Listrom at 

ISMP Incident Analysis and Proactive Risk Assessment for Health Care Practitioners and Patient/Family Advisors 

September 29-30, October 22-23, November 24-25, and December 8-9, 2022 

Register here. 

ISMP MedRec and BPMH Training for Health Care Professionals 

September 23 and November 18, 2022  

Register here

Mental Health First Aid Standard (Virtual) Certification Courses 

See the website for dates and registration information. 

 **Please note this is a non-accredited learning activity. 

Medication Safety Considerations for Compliance Packaging  

Register here.  

Preventing and Analyzing Medication Errors 

Register here