Friday Five (March 15, 2024)

The March 15th, 2024 edition of the Friday Five is now available.

  1. Call for Applications for 2024 Council Appointments
  2. Reporting of Veterinary Antimicrobial Sales
  3. General Call for Expressions of Interest for Committee Service
  4. CPhM Summer Student Opportunity
  5. Safety IQ Feature: Enhancing Patient Safety: Optimizing Prescription Copy Functions in Pharmacy Software
  6. Pharmacy Appreciation Month — Showing Gratitude for Pharmacy Professionals
  7. Upcoming Events and Professional Development Opportunities

Call for Applications for 2024 Council Appointments

The Council of The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) is the governing body responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and ensuring that CPhM meets its mandate to uphold the public interest while regulating the practice of pharmacy professionals.   

The Council consists of members of the public appointed by the Minister and registrants appointed by the CPhM Appointments Committee.  

The CPhM Council recently approved a revised bylaw package with corresponding supporting policies, that reform the framework by which CPhM governance is conducted. As part of this reform, CPhM has moved to appoint, rather than elect, pharmacy professionals to Council. 

The CPhM Appointments Committee is seeking the following to serve on Council:  

  • six (6) pharmacists 
  • one (1) pharmacy technician 

Between March 6 and April 10, 2024, registrants who wish to serve a term on Council are encouraged to apply.  

To apply, please review the application information, complete the online application form, and submit your resume, by email, to by 1:00 p.m. on April 10, 2024. 

Thank you for your kind attention to this matter. If you require clarification or assistance regarding an application to be considered for an appointment to Council, please contact   

Reporting of Veterinary Antimicrobial Sales

The following information is a reminder from Health Canada Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD) about the rules for annual compounding and sales reporting of medically important antimicrobials for use in animals:  

The 2023 Veterinary Antimicrobial Sales Reporting (VASR) system is open for reporting until March 31, 2024, to submit 2023 sales reports.  This includes compounders (e.g. pharmacists and pharmacy technicians) who compound a product for veterinary use using antimicrobial ingredients on List A that are sourced as (i.e. meaning any of the following inputs into the final compounded product):  

  • an API set out on List A (such as the raw ingredient)  
  • a human drug in dosage form (e.g. products with a drug identification number – DIN) containing an API set out on List A  
  • a veterinary drug in dosage form (e.g. products with a DIN) containing an API set out on List A, in particular when compounded for food-producing animals  

If you need to be added to the VASR system to report your data, would like to receive an instructional guide of how to report in the VASR system, or have inquiries related to the sales reporting system, please contact Health Canada directly at   

General Call for Expressions of Interest for Committee Service

The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) is currently seeking pharmacy professionals interested in committee service.  All pharmacy technicians and pharmacists who would like to serve on a committee of Council are encouraged to submit an expression of interest at this time.  New appointments will be made in the spring, in preparation for the next annual cycle, beginning June 1st 2024.

CPhM has both statutory and standing committees. The statutory committee’s role is to carry out legislated duties; the role of standing committees is to support the work of Council. All committee work contributes to the CPhM mandate to regulate the practice of pharmacy in the public interest.   

The composition of each committee varies and consists of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians registered/listed with CPhM, members of the public, and Council members.    

Those interested in becoming a committee member with CPhM are encouraged to view the information on the website and submit a Committee Expression of Interest form.   

CPhM considers a number of factors when reviewing expressions of interest for committee service, including expertise, experience, practice setting, demographic representation, and other unique skills or attributes. Appointments to committees are made in the best interest of the committee as a whole to ensure the committee is properly constituted and able to function effectively and achieve its duties and responsibilities.    

Efforts are made to match volunteers with their expressed interests; appointments are contingent on the vacancies at any given time. 

CPhM Summer Student Opportunity 

CPhM is currently seeking pharmacy student applicants for an exciting summer job opportunity. CPhM is looking for individuals passionate about patient safety and who are eager to contribute to dynamic patient safety initiatives. Join our skilled team and help further your career in pharmacy. 

Please read the job posting for more information. Submit an application on or before Monday, March 22, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. to Lindsay Henderson, 

Safety IQ Feature: Enhancing Patient Safety: Optimizing Prescription Copy Functions in Pharmacy Software 

The recent Safety IQ blog discusses the prescription copy function in pharmacy software which is an invaluable tool at the disposal of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.   

This feature allows for the replication of previous prescription details, expediting the order entry process, particularly for chronic medications prescribed at consistent doses. However, as with any tool, there are risks associated with its misuse.  

To ensure safety, 2 recommendations are made: 

  1. Create a New Entry for All New Prescriptions 
  2. Review Original Prescriptions During Verification 

For a comprehensive understanding of this topic, explore the full article.

Pharmacy Appreciation Month — Showing Gratitude for Pharmacy Professionals 

March is Pharmacy Appreciation Month. PAM allows the opportunity to recognize pharmacy professionals’ hard work, passion and dedication to the profession. It is a time to celebrate accomplishments and successes of pharmacy professionals who are an important part of healthcare in Manitoba.  

The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba regulates thousands of highly skilled, dedicated pharmacy professionals who deliver safe, ethical, progressive, and patient-centered care across Manitoba.  

Thank you to all pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, interns, assistants and students for your ongoing dedication and commitment to the well-being of Manitobans. 

Upcoming Events and Professional Development Opportunities 

ACS Network Heart Attack Day 2024 

  • Apr 12, 2024 
  • 8:30 am – 4:45 pm 
  • For more information click here 

Targeting Social Isolation Together E-Modules  

  • To register for the self-paced e-modules and for further information click here.   
  • This learning activity provides information on the health impacts of social isolation and loneliness. 
  • The e-module and Quiz take about 45-60 minutes to complete, and participants obtain a statement of completion. 
  • 2.0 accredited CEU. 

Medical Examiner PD Webinar – Engaging Patients with Care: Tapering, Brief Interventions, and Substance Use Insights  

  • Click here to view the live event recording.  
  • 1.5 accredited CEU.  

Lessons from Complaints: A Series on Injection-Related Best Practices Part 1: Best Practices Review for Pharmacists & Part 2: Trends in Injection-Related Complaints  

  • Click here to view the recordings.  
  • Each is 0.75 accredited CEU. 

Managing Drug Shortages in Pediatric Patients  

  • Click here to view the recording.  
  • 0.75 accredited CEU.