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February is Black History Month
February marks Black History Month in Canada—an important time to celebrate and recognize the contributions of Black Canadians and to reflect on Black health in Canada and the anti-Black racism that continues to impact our pharmacy colleagues and patients. Check out our Black History Month webpage for links, information and resources to help support diversity, equity and inclusion for members of the Black community.

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Navigating rare disease medications: A pharmacist’s primer
In 2019, more than 56% of the drugs approved by Health Canada were for patients with rare diseases. These drugs not only present clinical complexities but also pose a variety of other challenges. This CPJ commentary provides introductory information to help pharmacists to understand the current landscape of rare diseases in Canada, to help ensure patients receive the best possible pharmacy care.

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The power of negotiation: Navigating your first (or next) career move
To kick off PAM 2024, CPhA and CAPSI invite you to join us for a free webinar on Wednesday, March 6 from 7:00-8:00pm ET. The power of negotiation: Navigating your first (or next) career move with Dr. Kelly Grindrod, Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, will outline strategies and tips to help you negotiate your first (or next) job as a licensed pharmacist.

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Winter isn’t over yet! Help your patients manage frostbite with CPS
While we’re well past the official mid-point of winter here in Canada, there are probably a few extreme cold temperature days to come in many parts of the country! Check out the updated Frostbite chapter in CPS, which includes a NEW patient infographic, to help you advise your patients on preventing and managing frostbite.

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New podcast out now! Rx4Wellness: Navigating Well-being in Pharmacy
CPhA is thrilled to launch the first episode of our new podcast, Rx4Wellness: Navigating Well-being in Pharmacy. In this new series, we’ll speak with pharmacists across the country who will share valuable insights to help nourish your mind, care for your body and elevate your career. Our first episode features Katrina Mulherin, pharmacist and member of CPhA’s Wellness Task Force, who offers her thoughts on mental health in pharmacy.

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Drug shortage updates
CPhA remains engaged with Health Canada and other stakeholders to discuss and manage several ongoing shortages. We’ve updated our website with new resources and updated information on Cholestyramine, Medroxyprogesterone/progesterone, Tamsulosin hydrochloride and Ozempic.

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Updated scope chart: Injections and vaccines
Pharmacists play a huge role in administering injections and vaccines for their patients. To learn about what’s permitted in each jurisdiction, take a look at our Injection Authority and Vaccine Administration in Pharmacies Across Canada chart, which has been recently updated to include the RSV vaccine.

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Government expands of Canada Student Loan forgiveness program, but not for pharmacy
The good news: the federal government has acted on their promise to expand the Canada Student Loan forgiveness program. The bad news: the expansion increases allowances for doctors and nurses, but still does not include pharmacists. Send a letter or email to your MP to advocate for equity for pharmacy grads!

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Webinar recording available: DRUG InterACTIONs with Tobacco Smoke
The recording of our January 24 webinar, DRUG InterACTIONs with Tobacco Smoke, is now available. This session focuses on the identification of drug interactions with tobacco smoke and suggested strategies for management and monitoring when patients reduce or quit smoking, and features case-based examples.

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