Friday Five (May 15, 2020)

This week's edition of the Friday Five is now available.

New Executive Committee of the College

On April 15, 2020, the College sent notice to all voting members of the following 2020 Council elections outcome:

Electoral District #1:  Ryan Buffie, Alana Doell, Nicole Nakatsu, and Sonal Purohit

Electoral District #2:  Wendy Clark, Drupad Joshi, Jane Lamont and Ravi Pandya

The new Executive Committee was decided at the 2019 Annual General Meeting:

Wendy Clark, President

Sonal Purohit, Vice-President

Jane Lamont, Executive Treasurer

Kevin Hamilton, Past President

Council Motion – Extension of Exemption to Prescribing Practice Direction

College Council has extended the exemption to Section 2.4 of the Prescribing Practice Direction, which requires that a pharmacist conduct an in person or face-to-face patient assessment. The exemption permits a pharmacist to conduct a direct patient assessment via telephone, if appropriate, when a pharmacist is considering issuing a prescription within their scope of practice to a patient.

All other requirements must be met as described in the Act, Regulation, and Prescribing and Prescribing and Dispensing Practice Directions. This exemption will now be extended to September 30, 2020 and may be re-assessed upon expiry.

One-month Supply Limit Lifted

Effective May 11, 2020, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) removed the requirement for pharmacists to limit the number and quantity of prescription drugs dispensed to only one month’s supply.

However, dispensing limits have been applied to drugs on the Drug Shortage Quantity Restriction List until greater stability in the drug supply chain is established. Pharmacy professionals are encouraged to review this list on a regular basis for updates.

Message from the U of M: PharmD for Pharmacists Online Questionnaire

The College of Pharmacy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Manitoba (the College of Pharmacy), has now implemented the first year of its 4-year entry-to-practice PharmD degree program. In response to its Strategic Plan priorities, the College of Pharmacy is now in the process of developing background for a PharmD “bridging” pathway for practicing pharmacists leading to the PharmD credential. All Manitoba pharmacists are invited to participate in an important online consultation to identify levels of interest in, and providing perspectives on, a PharmD bridging program for practicing pharmacists. You can access the PharmD for Pharmacists’ questionnaire here or by pasting this URL into your browser:

The survey is optimized for mobility on tablets and smartphones and responses are being collected until May 15th.  You are encouraged to add your voice to this initiative. The College of Pharmacy is grateful for your participation and to the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba for its distribution support.