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Have You Checked Out the Exclusive Business Program at Conference 2016?

The Ontario Pharmacists Association's Conference 2016 has an exclusive business program taking place on Friday, June 10, 2016, that includes a full roster of business-focused sessions let by expert speakers:

Implementing Pharmacy Services Effectively - A "How-To" Guide

9:30-10:30 a.m.      Ins and outs of the Pharmacy Smoking Cessation Program 
                                  presented by Peter Zawadzki
10:45-11:45 a.m.    How-to: MedsChecks presented by Mike Boivin
1:45-2:45 p.m.         How-to: Pharmaceutical Opinion Program presented by Iris Krawchenko
3-4 p.m.                    MedsCheck and the Pharmaceutical Opinion Program: Q&A panel 
                                   featuring by Mike Boivin and Iris Krawchenko

For more information on the program and speakers, or to view the complete list of Conference 2016 sessions, click here.

Don't forget: The early-bird registration deadline is May 9, 2016Register today to save on three days of top-quality pharmacy-related professional development. 

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Need a Hotel During Your Stay at Conference 2016?

The first 50 people who register for Conference 2016 and also book their hotel stay at the Sheraton Centre will get $50 discounted from their total registration fee.

Hotel must be booked when registering for Conference. Once registration is complete, a hotel confirmation email will be sent to the individual making the booking, which then needs to be forwarded to A $50 discount will then be applied to eligible registrations.

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Attention GTA Pharmacists: Last Chance to Participate in the Asthma Management Research Study  

The Ontario Pharmacists Association in conjunction with Ryerson University is still looking for a few more pharmacies in the GTA (a combination of independent, franchise and chain) to help in a 12-month research study aimed at understanding the role of community pharmacists in asthma management. 

If you are interested or your chain/banner/franchise store is interested in participating, please contact the following staff by 12 p.m. on Wednesday April 27, 2016:

Dr. Zahava Rosenberg-Yunger Director, 
Health Policy & Research 
Tel: (416) 441-0788 ext 4250 


Mr. Lee Verweel
Research Assistant
Phone: 416-441-0788 ext 4267

For more information on the study, click here.

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Divalproex Shortage Update

Members may have seen news reports earlier this week announcing the end of the divalproex shortage in Canada. While it is estimated that supplies could be available to pharmacies by early May, high demand for this product could mean that some wholesalers and pharmacies will be unable to receive delivery of divalproex stock until well after the medication is listed as available.
To help ensure the most appropriate management of patients with epilepsy during any transition period, the Canadian League Against Epilepsy (CLAE) has provided healthcare providers with the attached message (for the french version, click here). Although the statement suggests that checking blood levels may be advisable “in some cases” due to differences in absorption and tolerability, OPA’s Drug Information and Resource Centre (DIRC) suggests that, at least initially and the patient is deemed stable on the new formulation, all patients undergoing a transition from divalproex to valproic acid should have their blood levels checked as a matter of caution. 

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Have You Been a Member for 50 Years or More?

The Ontario Pharmacists Association is looking for long-time members who are interesting in sharing their stories as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. If you’ve been an OPA member for 50-plus years and are interested in sharing your memories of OPA or of pharmacy practice, email us.

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Pharmacist’s Letter Benefit – Limited Subscriptions Still Available for 2016
Members wishing to have the Canadian Pharmacist’s Letter subscription added to their membership fee for 2016 can opt-in by completing the attached order form. Limited subscriptions are available. 

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Advocacy Roundup 

To access the weekly advocacy roundup, click here and sign in.

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Register for the Assessing and Prescribing for Minor Ailments Program for Your Chance to Win an Apple Watch!
As a special promotion to help introduce the new Assessing and Prescribing for Minor Ailments professional development program, OPA and CPhA are offering everyone who registers for this program between April 26 and April 29, 2016, a chance to win an Apple Watch!

The Assessing and Prescribing for Minor Ailments program is a 35.25-CEU course that includes dermatologic, gastrointestinal, respiratory, musculoskeletal and ocular conditions, and more. Each module includes:

  • Patient assessment and differential diagnosis
  • Treatment algorithms and alternatives (including prescription drugs)
  • Red flags for referral and patient counselling

Access to RxTx Minor Ailments content is included with the program.

Register between April 26 and April 29, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win an Apple watch! (No purchase necessary; click here for contest rules and regulations; by entering, you agree to allow OPA to share your name with CPhA for the purpose of the draw.)

Register now and you could win!

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Opioid Addiction and Substitution Therapy Live Webinar Series - Various Dates and Topics Available 

The Ontario Pharmacists Association's Opioid Addiction and Substitution Therapy Live Webinar Series are now open for registration. The series of complimentary, live webinars are designed to inform and update pharmacists on certain specialized areas of opioid addiction and substitution therapy, take-home naloxone kits. Topics include handling missed dose of methadone, learning from methadone incidents and discussing methadone frequently asked questions about methadone.

Click here to view the various  topics and dates available in 2016 and to register. 

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Professional Development: Live and Online
For a complete list of professional development programs offered by OPA, click here.  

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