Migraine Management Mastermind for Pharmacists

Developed by a multidisciplinary team, this flexible educational program features four interactive modules that assist pharmacists with addressing clinical challenges, developing individualized treatments, and improving patient outcomes in relation to migraines.




Migraines have a debilitating impact and often reduce the quality of life for patients. With an increase in therapies for acute and preventative migraine treatments, pharmacists have an opportunity to intervene in patient care and prevent medication overuse. The proximity and frequency in which pharmacists have with patients can assist with an accurate diagnosis, management of migraines by improving the understanding of medications and an individualized management plan to reduce the burden of the disease. This program will better equip pharmacists with counselling patients who experience migraines. Options for migraine prevention, various therapies, and medication overuse headache will also be discussed.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the diagnostic approach to migraine;
  • Apply the elements of a care plan to effectively counsel patients with migraine;
  • Understand the management of acute treatment of migraine and medication overuse headache;
  • Consider first-line options for migraine prevention and the role of second-line therapies (onabotulinum toxin type A and CGRP antibodies);
  • Recognize the different strategies for menstrual migraine, contraception in women with migraine with aura, and menopausal issues.

Course outline:

This program consists of the following online modules:

  • Diagnosis, care plan and counselling
  • Acute treatment and medication overuse headache
  • Preventative treatments
  • Hormonal factors and auras


Course at a glance:

  • 5 hours to complete
  • 5 CEUs
  • Course expiration date: December 12, 2023
  • Online
  • Accreditation: 8003-2022-3557-I-P
  • Completion requirement: Complete the course’s online modules, complete the multiple-choice exam with a score of 70 per cent or higher (two attempts), and complete the program evaluation.

Who should take this course:

There is no prerequisite to register for this program. This program supports pharmacists interested in learning more about providing care and counselling to patients with migraines.

Development Team:

  • Elizabeth Leroux, MD, FRCPC Program Chair Neurologist, Montreal, QC
  • Jeffrey Habert, MD, CCFP, FCFP Family Physician, Thornhill, ON
  • Gary Shapero, MD, CCFP, DAAPM Board Certified Pain Practitioner, Markham, ON
  • Ghalib Ahmed, MD, CCFP, FCFP Family Physician, Edmonton, AB
  • Marie-Pierre Laflamme, MD Family Physician, Montreal, QC
  • Fairuz Siraj PharmD Pharmacist, Victoria BC
  • Heba Bani Hani RPh MBA Pharmacist, Toronto
  • Jillian Reardon BSc(Pharm), PharmD(ACPR) Pharmacist, Vancouver BC
  • Christie Tait, MN, NP-PHC Nurse Practitioner, Toronto, ON