Friday Five (October 13, 2023)

The October 13, 2023 edition of the Friday Five is now available.

Authorization Required for Performing Expanded Scope Activities 

The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) has been notified of instances where a registrant is performing expanded scope activities, without authorization from CPhM. 

Currently, upon completion of the required educational training and an approved application with CPhM, a registrant may receive authorization to: 

  1. Administer drugs and vaccines by injection  
  2. Prescribe a drug included in Schedule 3 to the Pharmaceutical Regulation for Self-Limiting Conditions (not including smoking cessation) 
  3. Prescribe a drug included in Schedule 3 to the Pharmaceutical Regulation for Smoking Cessation 
  4. Prescribe a drug for Uncomplicated Cystitis   
  5. Order Laboratory Tests (not fully implemented)   

The process for obtaining authorization for an expanded scope activity as identified above is a three-part process: 

  1. In addition to other requirements that may apply for the expanded scope activity, the pharmacist must complete the required educational activities. 
  2. An application for authorization of the expanded scope activity must be submitted to the College for review and approval. 
  3. Providing successful fulfillment of all the requirements, the registrant will be notified of their formal approval / authorization to engage in the expanded scope activity.

Simply completing the required educational training does not permit authorization for engaging in these expanded scope activities; pharmacists must apply with CPhM and receive approval. Furthermore, to maintain authorization for an expanded scope activity, pharmacists must submit a self-declaration of proficiency of knowledge and skill as part of their annual licence renewal.    

Registrants are reminded of section 18 of the Pharmaceutical Regulation in that a member may only engage in those aspects of the practice of pharmacy and perform included practices that they have the requisite knowledge, skill, and judgment to provide or perform and are appropriate to their area of practice, in accordance with any conditions or their license.  It is the responsibility of every pharmacist to ensure that they practice within their scope, and that all requirements for engaging in that practice are fully satisfied, including submission of a completed application and receipt of approval of authorization from the College before performing any expanded scope activities. Performing any expanded scope activities without authorization is a violation of section 18 of the Pharmaceutical Regulation and may result in the matter being referred to the Complaints Committee.  

Health Canada’s Community Pharmacy Inspection Program 

What is Health Canada’s Community Pharmacy Inspection Program? 

Health Canada is actively inspecting community pharmacies across Canada, including Manitoba. The inspections ensure pharmacy activities are compliant with the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and its regulations.  

The scope of the inspections is limited to activities concerning controlled drugs and substances. Health Canada may share information from Manitoba inspections with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba and/or the police. 

What if My Pharmacy is Inspected? 

If your pharmacy is inspected, please take note of the following.  

A Health Canada inspector must be allowed to enter the pharmacy. 

  • The inspector can enter a pharmacy at any reasonable time. 
  • The inspector may arrive unannounced or notify you 1-2 days in advance. 
  • The pharmacy manager or owner do not need to be present for the inspection to occur. 

A Health Canada inspector must be assisted.  

  • Anyone at the inspected pharmacy is legally required to assist the inspector. 
  • The inspector must be allowed to: 
  • review the special narcotic prescription file and any requested records, 
  • make copies of or to take extracts from records, and 
  • check all stock of controlled substances on the premises. 

A Health Canada inspector must not be obstructed. 

  • It is illegal to obstruct or hinder an inspector, or to knowingly make a false or misleading statement. 

How Can I verify the inspector? 

The Health Canada inspectors carry a certificate of designation.  

The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Field Operations Department can also be contacted to confirm if a Health Canada inspection has been scheduled. Field Operations can be reached at 

Additional resources: 

From Policy to Practice: A Joint Webinar on Narcotic Accountability with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba and Health Canada 

A Guide to Health Canada Inspections 

Controlled substances guidance for community pharmacists 

Guidance on reporting loss or theft of controlled substances and precursors 

Celebrating National Pharmacy Technician Day 2023 

This National Pharmacy Technician Day, the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) is proud to join the chorus of voices celebrating the dedication, expertise, and invaluable contributions of these essential healthcare professionals. 

What is National Pharmacy Technician Day? 

National Pharmacy Technician Day is observed annually on the third Tuesday in October. It’s a day designated to recognize and honor the contributions of pharmacy technicians to the healthcare industry. These dedicated individuals work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of medications and healthcare services. 

Why Celebrate Pharmacy Technicians? 

Pharmacy technicians play a pivotal role in patient care. They are responsible for a wide range of crucial tasks, from accurately preparing and dispensing medications to managing inventory, liaising with healthcare providers, and assisting patients. Their precision, attention to detail, and compassion are essential components of a well-functioning healthcare system. 

How Can You Celebrate? 

  1. Express Your Appreciation: Take a moment to thank the pharmacy technicians where you work. A simple “thank you” can go a long way in showing your appreciation. 
  2. Educate and Advocate: Use this day as an opportunity to learn more about what pharmacy technicians do. See more information here:  Educate your colleagues, friends, and family about their vital role in healthcare. 
  3. Share Stories: Share stories of outstanding pharmacy technicians who have made a difference in your life or the lives of others. Celebrate their accomplishments and dedication. 
  4. Professional Development: If you are a pharmacy technician, consider taking this day to reflect on your professional journey. Think about your goals and how you can continue to make a positive impact on patient care. 

The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba recognizes and commends the invaluable contributions of pharmacy technicians. In this ever-evolving healthcare landscape, your role becomes increasingly vital. Your unwavering commitment to ensuring patient safety and access to quality care is commendable. 

As we celebrate National Pharmacy Technician Day, we encourage all our registrants, healthcare professionals, and the broader pharmacy community to join us in recognizing the dedication and professionalism of pharmacy technicians. Their passion for healthcare makes our mission of safeguarding the public’s health and well-being possible. 

Last Chance to Share Your Thoughts on the Safety IQ Program 

The Safety IQ Program Review Survey will conclude today at 4:00 p.m. The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba extends its gratitude to those who have already participated in the survey. We highly value your insights into the benefits and challenges of Safety IQ and suggestions for its enhancement. 

If you haven’t had the opportunity to complete the survey, there’s still time. Please click on the link provided below to share your feedback on the Safety IQ program. Your input is invaluable, and we encourage you to take a moment to participate in the survey. 

Survey Link: Safety IQ Program Review  

Should you have any questions about the Safety IQ program review, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Todd Boyle at: 

Upcoming Events & Professional Development Opportunities  

Opioid Agonist Therapy 101 Introduction to Clinical Practice  

October 26 and 27, 2023  

Click here to register and for more information.  

Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians (CAPT) VIRTUAL National Conference  

November 12, 2023, at 10:30 EST  

Click here to register and for more information.  

Targeting Social Isolation Together E-Modules  

Can be claimed as 2.0 accredited CEUs 

Click here to sign up and for more information.    

Managing Drug Shortages in Pediatric Patients  

Can be claimed as 0.75 accredited CEUs 

Click here to view the recording.