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Conference 2016 Education: More Than 40 Professional Development Sessions in Four Education Streams!

This year's conference lineup includes more than 40 top-quality pharmacy-related professional development programs split into four education streams: business, clinical, practice and multi-interest.

  • Interested in enhancing your clinical knowledge? Explore sessions on vaccine hesitancy, prescribing and deprescribing, mental health, pharmacy screening tools, chronic disease management, drug interactions, and a new drug update.
  • Want to know more about the business and practice of pharmacy? Check out the sessions on co-payments, key success factors in pharmacy practice, building your pharmacy team, and pharmacy ownership.
  • Want to know what's new in practice innovation? Consider sessions on the pharmacogenomic screening program, setting up a travel clinic, patient adherence, home-audits, interprofessional relationships, the evolution of pharmacy practice, findings from the Ontario Pharmacy Research Collaboration and the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network. 
  • Want to explore a range of  topics that can help you provide great patient care? Register for sessions on preventing medication errors, infant care, oral anticoagulation, pain management, audits, COPD, non-prescription codeine, and kidney disease.

Plus, we have an exclusive business program, Implementing Pharmacy Services Effectively - A "How-To" Guide, that includes a roster of pharmacy services-focused sessions led by expert speakers, taking place on Friday, June 10, 2016.

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

Seating in all conference education sessions is limited. Ensure you get a seat in the sessions that interest you most by registering for Conference 2016 today.

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Canadian League Against Epilepsy Update: Shortage of Clobazam

The Canadian League Against Epilepsy (CLAE) would like to call attention to the issue of a shortage of clobazam. There is currently a supply shortage of both the generic and brand (Frisium) 10 mg tablets.  According to the Canadian Pharmacists Association's classification, clobazam is a Level 1 Critical Drug for patients with epilepsy, stopping this medication can put patients at risk of breakthrough seizures, and other serious consequences.

To help ensure the most appropriate management of patients with epilepsy during any transition period, CLAE has provided the attached message (French version coming soon). They would also like to remind heathcare providers to take the necessary precautions in order to ensure patients do not run out of their medications, and to check all supply avenues first before making the switch to a different an alternate drug. 

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Non-Insured Health Benefits Coverage Updates

In order to provide you with up-to-date information, OPA is providing links to relevant Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program changes including the following:

To access information on the NIHB program, visit their website.

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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 

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Introducing OPA's First-ever French Program: Formation sur le Programme SoutienPharmacien – Volet Cardiovasculaire

The Ontario Pharmacists Association is excited to announce its first-ever French program, Formation sur le Programme SoutienPharmacien – Volet cardiovasculaire (the French version of the Pharmacist Health Coaching – Cardiovascular Program Training Course). 

This online program is specifically designed for pharmacists interested in providing counselling and support to patients with hypertension and dyslipidemia and provides an overview on lifestyle modifications to optimize therapy. Motivational interviewing concepts are also introduced to help pharmacists identify ways to empower patients to improve their overall cardiovascular health.

This online course is mandatory for pharmacists who plan to provide Green Shield Canada’s Pharmacist Health Coaching – Cardiovascular Program to their patients.

Click here to find out more or to register.

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Have You Registered for Our Free Opioid Addiction and Substitution Therapy Live Webinar Series?

This series of complimentary, live webinars is designed to inform and update pharmacists on certain specialized areas of opioid addiction and substitution therapy. Pharmacy students and technicians are welcome to attend. Topics include take-home naloxone kits, handling missed doses of methadone, learning from methadone incidents and discussing methadone frequently asked questions.

Click here to view the 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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