Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association

Pharmacogenomics for Community Pharmacists

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how a person’s genes can affect their response to medications. Combining genetic information with clinical data is an intervention that may improve the safety and effectiveness of medication therapy.

This 6-CEU online course helps pharmacists understand the principles of pharmacogenomics, evaluate where pharmacogenomics testing may be appropriate, and incorporate the results of pharmacogenomics tests to patient care. Case scenarios are used to illustrate some of the practice changes to be considered when implementing pharmacogenomics tests into service delivery.

Part 1: Pharmacogenomics Fundamentals

This component provides a primer for pharmacists on how genetic factors influence drug disposition, response and adverse effects.

Delivery: online, self-directed
CEUs: 3.0
Accreditation: CCCEP file #8002-2019-2665-I-P (expires Jan. 25, 2022)
Author: Iris Cohn, MSc., RPh

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe key genetic and genomic terminologies used in pharmacogenomics
  • Describe three kinds of genetic polymorphisms
  • Interpret star-allele nomenclature
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of key methods of pharmacogenomics (Pgx) technologies
  • Explain, generally, how genetic variations can contribute to variability in drug response
  • List key genes involved in drug metabolism from the CYP450 enzyme family
  • Explain the concepts of Poor Metabolizer, Intermediate Metabolizer, Normal Metabolizer, Ultrarapid Metabolizer
  • Describe major web resources for pharmacogenomics evidence and practice guidelines
  • Describe, generally, how pharmacogenomics results can contribute to pharmacotherapy choices
  • Identify selected medications commonly used in community practice with clinically actionable pharmacogenomics test results
  • Describe candidates for pharmacogenomics testing
  • List variables to consider in selecting a commercial laboratory
  • List ethical considerations in pharmacogenomics testing

Part 2: Practical Aspects of Delivering Pharmacogenomics Services in Community Pharmacy

Building on Part 1, this component helps pharmacists develop strategies for delivering pharmacogenomics services in their pharmacy. The session guides participants through all the aspects of using pharmacogenetics testing to effectively guide patient care through an illustrative series of patient cases.

Delivery: online, self-directed
CEUs: 3.0
Accreditation: CCCEP file #8002-2019-2665-I-P (expires Jan. 25, 2022)
Authors: Susan Beth Martin RPh CGP, Saleema Bhaidani, BSc, BScPharm, Pharm.D., RPh, Jennifer Baker, BScPharm

Learning Objectives:

  • Use an evidence-based approach to identify situations where pharmacogenomics testing may be appropriate
  • Discuss how to interpret, monitor and apply the results of pharmacogenomics testing to support optimal drug therapy outcomes
  • Develop strategies to educate patients and health care professionals on the meaning and implications of test results
  • Develop strategies to effectively document and communicate medication therapy recommendations arising from pharmacogenomics results to patient’s health care team
  • Describe practice changes necessary to effectively incorporate the results of pharmacogenomics tests into patient care services

Accreditation and Completion Requirements:
Both parts of this program have been accredited by the Canadian Pharmacists Association, a CCCEP-approved accredited provider. To earn the Statement of Completion for each part participants must complete and achieve 70% or greater on the summative post-test. You will have up to two attempts to pass each post-test.

Each self-directed online course is available for registration up until its accreditation expiry date. You must complete the course before its expiry date; we cannot guarantee access after this point.

Registration Fee

Regular fee $275
Pharmacy Association Member $150

All prices are in CAD funds
Continuing Education courses are non refundable


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