Implementation of the December 2006 Pharmaceutical Act
The new Pharmaceutical Act in Manitoba was passed and received Royal Assent on December 7, 2006.
On December 20, 2013, the Manitoba government proclaimed the new Pharmaceutical Act changing the name of the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association to the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba. For more information, please see the Manitoba government news release, New Pharmaceutical Act to Give Pharmacists Greater Authority .
Read Bill 41: December 2006 Pharmaceutical Act
After several years, a series of Special General Meetings of the members, and stakeholder meetings, the regulations document in support of the December 2006 Pharmaceutical Act was passed by the members on July 3, 2013.
The College developed an Orientation to the New Practice Framework Manual to help answer questions around the new Act , July 2013 Regulations and practice directions. It is the pharmacist’s responsibility to read and understand this orientation manual in addition to the regulations, Act and practice directions. The Manual continues to be updated. Updates to the Orientation Manual are announced in the Friday Five and Newsletter and posted here.
The following updates have been made:
- The Orientation Manual has been updated. Specifically, the sections on Documentation, Patient Education and Counselling have been updated to better reflect the Patient Counselling Practice Direction; and in the Code of Ethics section of the Orientation Manual, practical examples for pharmacy practice are now included.
August 29, 2014:
- Section 2 - Interns - Changed those who perform the final check from "pharmacists and interns" to "pharmacists and postgraudate interns". Also added the word "postgradute" to Section 5 - Dispensing and Appendix F - Documentation Requirements .
April 11, 2014:
- Section 8.1 - An Introduction to pharmacist prescribing, Section 8.7 – Prescribing of Drugs for Self-Limiting Conditions
Updated with the training requirements, and application for authorization to prescribe a drug for for self-limiting condition listed in Schedule 3 of the Regulation.
- Section 8.4 - Continued Care Prescriptions
The following sentence was added to this section:
“A pharmacist who authorizes a refill for a continued care prescription must promptly notify the original practitioner who issued the prescription, unless the practitioner has died or retired.”
- Section 12 – Supervision
Addition of the word “postgraduate” in the paragraph below.
A postgraduate pharmacy intern may need to “practise” performing the final check of a prescription. If permitted by the preceptor, a pharmacist does not have to perform the final check if that has been done by the postgraduate intern [as allowed by the regulations sections 70 (1j) and 70 (1k)]. The preceptor would make this decision and bear the responsibility.
February 10, 2014 : A Pharmacy Intern under a member’s supervision may engage in any aspect of the practice of pharmacy excluding practices requiring additional training and being certified by the College such as administering injections and prescribing drugs from Schedule 3(self-limiting ailments) of the Regulations, unless the intern has received the training in the undergraduate program at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba. Part of the intern training may include performing the final check of a prescription, if permitted by the preceptor. The preceptor or another licenced pharmacist does not have to perform the final check if that has been done by the intern (as allowed by the regulations section 70 (1j) and 70 (1k)). However, the preceptor would make this decision and bear the responsibility.
January 9, 2014: The Practice Framework diagram under Introduction section, was updated.
Q & A Documents
The College developed a brief Q & A on the Regulations to the December 2006 Pharmaceutical Act , to address pharmacist frequently asked questions. If you have questions, please contact the College office.
Frequently Asked Questions: Implementation of the December 2006 Pharmaceutical Act [Released in the March 28 2014, Friday Five and updated November, 2014]