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MANITOBA PHARMACISTS-AT-RISK PROGRAM

Policy Statement

  1. The Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association recognizes that most illnesses can be successfully dealt with, provided they are identified during the early stages and referral is made to an appropriate helping resource. The association believes this to be true, whether the illness is one of chemical (drugs and/or alcohol) abuse or misuse, or physical, mental or emotional disability.

  2. The association further recognizes that the above mentioned illnesses can and often do, have a serious impact upon work performance and upon the lives of those pharmacists so affected and, in turn, upon the lives of members of their families, co-workers, and the public. While all illnesses or disabilities create a hazard in the performance of professional duties, chemical dependency is the most hazardous of all to the public and to the pharmacist himself or herself.

  3. The Association policy in these matters is one of assistance and support toward the resolution of problems encountered by the pharmacist. It must be recognized, however, that the primary responsibility for the resolution of such problems lies with the individual pharmacist and that successful resolution depends largely on the pharmacistĄ¯s personal motivation and cooperation.

  4. The Pharmaceutical Association urges all of its members who may feel that they have problems or disabilities of a type which may affect their work performance, their duties, their employment, or their personal lives, to seek out assistance which is available and to do so promptly.

  5. The Association expects that the application of this policy will encourage pharmacists to take early advantage, on a voluntary basis, of the resources available to him or her.

  6. The Association has undertaken that consultation under the Pharmacist-At-Risk program will be handled confidentially between the consultant and the pharmacist. Only such information as is deemed by the counselor to be necessary and pertinent will be released and then only to such persons or organization as are directly involved in the treatment of the pharmacist and/or of his or her problem or illness. In making such disclosure, every counselor will give due consideration to the pharmacistĄ¯s own well-being and to the overall responsibility and duty of control vested in the Association as well as appropriate concern for medical ethics.

  7. The Association, by endorsing Pharmacists-At-Risk, is not restricted or limited by any part of this policy statement in carrying our its responsibility to supervise and when necessary, discipline pharmacists. Accordingly, involvement in the program will not necessarily result in exemption from the standard administration practices applicable to performance and conduct.

  8. Cases of impairment and deterioration of work performance or of improper conduct may notwithstanding submission to treatment or the seeking of assistance, lead to normal disciplinary action under the by-laws of the Association.

  9. The Association will keep pharmacists informed on the development and the application of the program and will seek active co-operation from them.

  10. The Association will participate in the dissemination of information about the program and the assistance it offers to pharmacists and their families throughout the province.