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MANITOBA LEGISLATORS RECOGNIZE PHARMACISTS MANITOBA 

October 26, 2016 – Yesterday, Pharmacists Manitoba held Pharmacists Manitoba Day at the Manitoba Legislative Building to recognize the work pharmacists do throughout the province. Pharmacists were on-site demonstrating comprehensive medication reviews, point of care testing, and assessments and prescribing for minor ailments. The interactive demonstrations were well received with all political parties recognizing Pharmacists Manitoba Day in the house. 

“Pharmacists practicing in Manitoba, […] are important pillars in the continuum of healthcare services provided in our province”, said the Honourable Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Health.

Over the course of the day, Pharmacists Manitoba was able to connect with almost every MLA at the legislature. MLAs and staff, 48% of whom were not aware of the variety of professional pharmacy services offered, learned about innovative pharmacy services and 100% responded that their community would benefit from professional pharmacist services.

“Pharmacists have the training and legal authority to provide innovative health services to Manitobans”, said Sharon Smith, President at Pharmacists Manitoba. “By funding pharmacist services to fully utilize pharmacist’s training, overall healthcare spending will decrease and Manitobans will have improved access to healthcare.” 

The important role that pharmacists play in Manitoba’s healthcare system was reiterated by opposition MLAs. 

“Pharmacists play a vital role in ensuring the health of our communities,” said NDP MLA Matt Wiebe. “Pharmacists can take much of the pressure off of physicians and other areas of the health-care system. In order for them to continue their work, we must provide the critical public funds to support them.” 

“Pharmacists are the most accessible of all health-care providers”, said Liberal MLA Cindy Lamoureux. “They can often provide services and consultations without the need and wait for a doctor's appointment or a long wait time in a walk-in clinic.” 

Pharmacists Manitoba thanks all who participated in Pharmacists Manitoba Day and looks forward to working with our government and to improve access to primary care and reduce wait times in Manitoba.  

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MANITOBANS SUPPORT FUNDING FOR PHARMACISTS

March 18, 2016: (Manitoba):  Manitobans recognize pharmacists are integral members of the healthcare team and have the training to counsel patients, prescribe for self-limiting conditions, adapt prescriptions, order lab tests and administer injections.

A new provincial survey by Abacus Data for Canadian Pharmacists Association and Pharmacists Manitoba, to coincide with Pharmacists Awareness Month, found that Manitobans are increasingly familiar with the services pharmacists can provide. The survey highlights that the level of awareness has outpaced the level of usage of these services.

According to the Abacus survey:

  • 44% of respondents who are aware pharmacists assess and prescribe for minor ailments have never received the service from a pharmacist (19% have received this service).
  • 34% of respondents who are aware pharmacists can adapt prescriptions have not used these services (11% have received this service).
  • 55% of respondents who recognize pharmacists provide health coaching for diabetes, asthma and smoking cessation have not utilized these services from their pharmacists (11% have received this service).

In addition to Manitobans’ increasing awareness of these services, sixty-four percent stated they would likely visit their pharmacist to order a lab test for regular monitoring of a current health condition.

According to the survey, Manitobans believe that pharmacist services will improve health outcomes (76%) and reduce health costs (82%). Seventy-one percent of Manitobans surveyed agreed that if pharmacy services are funded in other provinces these same services should be funded in Manitoba, however, unlike Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia and other provinces there is no government funding for pharmacy services in Manitoba.

“I was a little bit surprised to learn that pharmacists had taken all this training and it’s not being utilized for the benefit of Manitobans” said Sharon Malec, who quit smoking with the help of a pharmacist. “This service should be utilized to the full potential and I believe it would save a lot of lives and a lot of dollars.”

The survey was conducted online with a representative sample of 500 Manitobans aged 18 and older. The survey was completed from February 19 to 25, 2016 by Abacus Data.

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MANITOBANS EMBRACING EXPANDED ROLE OF PHARMACISTS

March 11, 2016 (Manitoba): Manitobans are increasingly aware and supportive of the expanded role pharmacists are playing in delivering needed health care services including flu shots, advice on medications, and treatment of common ailments.

A new national survey by Abacus Data for Canadian Pharmacists Association and Pharmacists Manitoba, to coincide with Pharmacists Awareness Month, found that Manitobans are increasingly familiar with the services pharmacists can provide. Manitobans realize that pharmacists can meet and sit down for a review of medications (67%), administer a flu shot (82%) and other vaccines (56%), and prescribe medications for some minor health conditions (48%).

According to the Abacus survey, 96% of respondents have a positive impression of pharmacists. Ninety-three percent (93%) of Manitobans surveyed believe pharmacists play an essential and important role in the health care system, slightly higher than national average of 82%.

Manitobans are recognizing the advantages of expanded scope. Specifically, a strong majority of Manitobans expressed their trust in pharmacists to manage both common ailments and chronic health conditions, and provide advice on healthy lifestyle changes, medicines and vaccinations. These levels of trust are comparable to doctors and nurses.

Manitoba pharmacists are increasingly a trusted source of health care information and services. “Manitobans know that when pharmacists have the authority to provide health services it leads to better care, better health and better value for our health care dollar” said Sharon Smith, President, Pharmacists Manitoba. Manitobans agree that allowing pharmacists to do more for patients will improve health outcomes (76%) and reduce health care costs (82%). Manitobans also believe that pharmacist services should be paid for by the government as they are in other provinces (71%).

The survey on perception and attitudes about pharmacists was conducted online with a representative sample of 3,824 Canadians and 500 Manitobans aged 18 and older. The survey was completed from February 19 to 25, 2016 by Abacus Data.

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WHAT'S IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET?

WINNIPEG, MB May 1, 2015 – Pharmacists Manitoba in partnership with the Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA), and the Winnipeg Police Service are reminding Manitobans to check their homes for unused or expired medications and return them to pharmacies on May 9, 2015 – the third annual National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day. This event is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and is being held in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Public Safety Canada. 
 
National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is a great way to highlight the Manitoba Medications Return Program (MMRP) and educate the public on how to dispose of unused and expired medication safely.  MMRP is a free service offered by pharmacies, operated through HPSA and funded by the health products industries. The program keeps Manitoba families safe by removing the potential harm which could result from misused or accidentally ingested medication. By returning old and unused medications to the pharmacy you ensure that they are put into the right hands and disposed of in a safe and environmentally conscious manner.
 
“Patient health and safety are top priorities for Manitoba pharmacists. Easily accessible medications can be tempting to curious children and teens, leading to serious harm if misused or accidentally ingested. Similarly, cluttered medicine cabinets can be confusing for patients and could lead to serious health problems if the wrong medication is taken”, said Barret Procyshyn, Vice President, Pharmacists Manitoba “pharmacists care about keeping our patients safe. Patients should only have current medications available to ensure the right medication, in the right dosage is being taken.”
 
“The misuse of prescription drugs has become a crisis in many communities across the country.  National endeavors such as this go a long way in ensuring that those who misuse these medications, often our youth and most vulnerable, are protected from their effects.” says Chief Devon Clunis of the Winnipeg Police Service. 
 
“In Manitoba, HPSA operates more than 315 collection sites across the province where consumers may return unused or expired medications. Last year Manitobans returned over 17, 500 kilograms of medications that were no longer in use.” said HPSA’s Program Manager, Brian Shouldice.  
 
Of course you don’t have to wait until May 9 to dispose of your medications. The Manitoba Medications Return Program is available at urban and rural pharmacies all year round. Simply bring unused or expired medications to your local pharmacy for disposal.
 
 Types of medications that are accepted:
• all prescription drugs
• over the counter medications
• bottled liquids, patches and inhalers
• loose medications, in vials, and blister packs are all accepted
 
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