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Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association
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Medication Management

Medication management involves patient-centred care to optimize safe, effective and appropriate drug therapy. Care is provided through collaboration with patients and their health care teams.*

Pharmacists’ Role in Medication Management

  • Assess patients and their medication-related needs and identify actual or potential drug therapy problems
  • Formulate and implement care plans to prevent and/or resolve drug therapy problems
  • Recommend, adapt or initiate drug therapy where appropriate
  • Monitor, evaluate and document patients’ response to therapy
  • Collaborate and communicate with other health care providers, in partnership with patients

Professional Development to Help Improve your Skills

As a pharmacist you are the medication therapy expert, and as your role expands, you need more advanced knowledge and skills to provide your patients with the best possible care. Our series of high-quality continuing professional development programs can help you with your learning portfolio.

Adapt LogoADAPT Transform your ability to manage your patients’ medication therapy with this innovative, skills development program (100 CEUs)

Lab Tests IconLab Tests Learn how to order, monitor and interpret lab test results to make better decisions for patient care (12.75 CEUs)

Medication Review Services IconMedication Review Services Provide high quality, effective medication review services in your daily practice (8 CEUs)

Quit IconQUIT This program will enhance your skills, confidence and ability to provide smoking cessation services (5 CEUs)

Diabetes IconDiabetes Know your diabetes practice guidelines with our pharmacist-specific Diabetes Guidelines Highlights.

Therapeutic Resources

Compendium of Therapeutic Choices – A trusted source for evidence-based treatment information for all health care practitioners involved in therapeutic decision making. Access evidence-based information for more than 200 conditions.

Minor Ailments – The Compendium of Therapeutics for Minor Ailments gives you the best available evidence to help you manage the continuum of care from nonpharmacologic to pharmacologic therapy. Its companion, the Compendium of Products for Minor Ailments provides an exclusive collection of information on nonprescription products and comparative product tables for quick consultation in your practice setting.

* This definition of Medication Management was collaboratively defined by the Canadian Pharmacists Association, Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada and Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada, and was approved by the Blueprint for Pharmacy Steering Committee, September 2012. This definition aligns with pharmacists’ scope of practice and the Vision for Pharmacy: Optimal drug therapy outcomes for Canadians through patient-centred care. It focuses on the role of pharmacists in providing
direct patient care and is not intended to encompass all aspects of their scope and services.