Friday Five (March 31, 2023)

The March 31, 2023 edition of the Friday Five is now available.

Paxlovid Medication Errors 

The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) has received reports of medication errors related to Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir and ritonavir).  Most errors involve prescription transfers that were incorrectly entered with the wrong strength into the pharmacy software when the prescription was received.   

Paxlovid is available in 2 blister pack configurations.  There is one configuration for patients with normal renal function (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] ≥90 mL/min) or mild renal impairment (eGFR <90 mL/min but ≥to 60 mL/min) and another configuration for patients with moderate renal function (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] < 60 mL/min but ≥to 30 mL/min).   

Pharmacies approved to dispense Paxlovid can order both strengths of Paxlovid (i.e., DINs 02524031 and 02527804) using the Paxlovid Order Form posted here:   

Enquiries about the terms of the Expression of Interest, including the maximum number of treatment courses a pharmacy is approved to keep on hand, should be directed to Manitoba Health as stated in the approval letter issued to each participating pharmacy: PDPInfo&  

Pharmacy Professional Feedback Requested: Understanding Inducements in Community Pharmacy Survey 

The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) wants to understand what types of inducements are offered in exchange for prescription drugs and/or pharmacy services in Manitoba. The following short survey about inducements will support strategic priority three of CPhM’s 2021-24 Strategic Plan: Promote safety in pharmacy services and ethical practice. 

 To achieve this strategic priority, CPhM is 

  • raising patient awareness about the risks of prescription inducement programs, and  
  • working toward eliminating inducements on prescription drugs. 

Inducements include gifts, points, rebates, coupons, goods, or other rewards.  

The survey contains six questions and will take about 5 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed from the following link:  

The survey will close on April 30, 2023. The results of this survey will be used to inform the implementation of strategic priority three.  

CPhM Launches Social Media Accounts 

The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) is pleased to announce that we have established new social media channels to enhance our communication and engagement with pharmacy professionals, the public, and all our valued partners and stakeholders. 

Our social media channels will provide an effective way for us to keep you informed of our latest regulatory guidance, policies and guidelines, educational resources, as well as news about upcoming events. You will also have the opportunity to engage with us and share your feedback, questions, and concerns with our team. 

We invite you to follow us on our newly established social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram: 

Register Today – CPhM Annual General Meeting and Awards Presentation 2023 

The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) will hold its 145th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The AGM is a virtual event and will be held by webinar. You must register in advance in order to attend.

Registration link:  

For more information visit the CPhM website: 

Upcoming Events & Professional Development Opportunities

Pharmacists Manitoba Annual General Meeting & Complimentary Session  

April 12, 2023  

Click here to register.  

ACS Network Heart Attack Day 2023 

April 14, 2023

Click here to register and for more information.  

CAPT National Professional Development Conference 

June 23 to 25, 2023 

For information on the conference program and to register, click here. 

Opioid Agonist Therapy 101 Introduction to Clinical Practice 

October 26 and 27, 2023 

Click here to register and for more information.