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Dr. Sherif Hanafy Mahmoud named 2024 Canadian Pharmacist of the Year
CPhA is thrilled to announce that Alberta pharmacist, Dr. Sherif Hanafy Mahmoud, has been named the 2024 Canadian Pharmacist of the Year! With over two decades in pharmacy practice, Dr. Mahmoud has excelled in diverse roles as a clinician, researcher, educator and leader, and exemplifies how perseverance, curiosity and innovation can lead to improvements in health care and better outcomes for patients.

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New practice resource: Osteoporosis updates for pharmacists
Check out our latest practice resource, Top 10 Updates for Osteoporosis for Pharmacists. Based on the updated 2023 Osteoporosis Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines, this infographic walks you through a range of guidelines, including screening, risk factors, exercise, pharmacotherapy and more to help you support your patients with osteoporosis.

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Spring is in the air and so are allergens! CPS Full Access can help manage symptoms
CPS Full Access can help you support your patients to manage their allergy symptoms and combat seasonal allergies. With the help of a dedicated chapter and patient-friendly infographic on Allergic Rhinitis, you can help them conquer their allergy symptoms by providing them with the information they need so they can get out and smell the roses.

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Win a trip to the Summit contest
We want to hear how you are helping to transform primary care in Canada! We’re inviting licensed pharmacists and pharmacy students to showcase the remarkable ways you are or will leverage your education to provide primary care services in your communities. The top 2 entries will receive an exclusive invitation to attend Transforming Primary Care in Canada: A CPhA Summit, taking place in Toronto, ON, on June 6, 2024.

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Government announces expansion of student loan forgiveness program to include pharmacists
Great news! The 2024 federal budget includes a commitment to expanding the Canada Student Loan Forgiveness Program to pharmacists working in rural and remote communities. This is a huge advocacy win and is thanks to our strong partnership with CAPSI and the recent #PharmLoanForgive campaign that garnered hundreds of letters to elected officials.

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Autism spectrum disorder: Practice guidelines
Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition with an increasing prevalence in North America. ASD symptoms often require complex pharmacological treatments, including antipsychotics, stimulants and antidepressants. As studies show that pharmacists may currently have limited knowledge of ASD, these practice guidelines aim to make them central players in the care team of ASD patients.

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What would you like to know about the NIHB program?
In follow-up to the recent webinar, Pharmacy professionals’ guide to navigating the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program (recording coming soon!), CPhA is hosting a second session with NIHB representatives in June. We are seeking your input to help us tailor the webinar to answer your specific questions related to NIHB. Please complete our short survey by 5pm on Tuesday, April 23 and share your questions, concerns and feedback about the NIHB program.

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IPPC names CPhA Indigenous Supporter of the Year
In March, the Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada (IPPC) named CPhA the inaugural winner of the Indigenous Pharmacy Supporter of the Year award. CPhA is honoured to receive this recognition and grateful for the opportunity to support critical efforts to improve health equity for Indigenous communities and representation of Indigenous pharmacy professionals.

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Help shape the future of cannabis education: Your input required
CPhA has partnered with researchers at Humber College in Toronto and Memorial University of Newfoundland to develop new resources to enable pharmacists to better support patients who consume cannabis. Take 10 minutes to help shape this work and you could win a $100 gift card. Survey closes May 12, 2024.

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#MyFavePharm PAM contest winner: Frank Longo from Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Congratulations to Frank Longo from East End Pharmasave in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, winner of this year’s #MyFavePharm contest. Frank was nominated by his patient, Abigail, who recognized him as “outstanding in every way,” and “extremely knowledgeable and proactive.” Our thanks to the almost 700 patients who submitted their nominations this year, and everyone who participated in PAM2024!

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