Identifying Drug Interactions

Tags: Online learning, Medication therapy management, Pharmacy technicians

This course is part of our Professional Development Technician Bundle, available for purchase with 2020 OPA Membership. For more information, click here!


Drug interactions can cause serious harm, and when prescribers and pharmacists are not aware of some drug use, these interactions can be missed. Pharmacy technicians, with their knowledge of products, interaction with patients buying OTCs, and ability to take thorough medication histories, can help identify patients at risk of harm from drug interactions.  This module covers scope of practice, language and types of drug interactions. It also offers suggestions on how pharmacy technicians can identify and refer patients in need of further assessment to pharmacists.

Learning Objectives  

  • Review the scope of practice, including
  • Modifying depth of BPMH and intake questions.
  • Recognizing potential for interactions and opportunities to refer patients to a pharmacist.
  • Learn the terminology and categorization of interactions, including
  • Recognizing the language used to describe interactions.
  • Understanding the different types of interactions.
  • Describe the consequences of interactions on efficacy and safety in general, and specifically relating to common interactions.


Number of Continuing Education Units
This program is not CCCEP accredited. CEUs will not be granted.

Expiry Date
February 6, 2021

Learning Format

  • Online, didactic learning module (1 hr)
  • Interactive questions
  • Learner assessment

Multiple-choice assessment

Program Completion

To receive a letter of completion for this program, participants must complete the following requirements before February 6, 2021:

  1. Complete the program’s online modules. Instructions will be emailed after registration.
  2. Complete the multiple-choice exam, achieving a score of 70 per cent or higher within a maximum two attempts.
  3. Complete a program evaluation.

Note: access to this program is provided until Feb 6, 2021.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

The Identifying Drug Interactions online module was designed for pharmacy technicians and assistants wishing to develop their skills in understanding drug interactions and, recognizing and identifying drug interactions requiring a pharmacist referral.

Subject Matter Experts

  • Andrew Wyllie, RPh, ACPR (PharmD, BScPharm)
  • Ida Famiyeh, RPh, ACPR (BScPharm, MSc)

Last updated: February 5, 2020

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Event Date: Recurring | City: | Venue: Online

Pricing and Registration
Member Rate
Identifying Drug Interactions 2019   $25.00 Add to Cart 
Non-Member Rate
Identifying Drug Interactions 2019   $50.00 Add to Cart 
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