Pharmacy Round Up

Each week Associate Professor Jason Perepelkin prepares a summary of news articles pertaining to the practice of pharmacy in Canada and beyond, with a particular focus on social, administrative and managerial pharmacy issues.  Most of the articles in the summary appear on his Twitter @RxInterestGroup

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NOTE: In no way does the inclusion or exclusion of articles mean that Dr. Perepelkin supports or doesn’t support the articles presented, or the views presented in the stories; they are simply a snapshot of issues in pharmacy in Canada and beyond.

Practice Change & News

Shoppers Drug Mart issues job posting for medical marijuana brand manager 

Why is pharmacy so hard to understand? 

Pharmacists and pot? Absolutely! 

International Developments

FDA warns against using kratom for opioid addiction

Hy-Vee brings telepharmacy locations to 2 Iowa communities

Supporting Australian community pharmacy to manage changes from codeine upscheduling 

Michigan Pharmacists Association, MedCerts partner to certify pharmacy technicians

An overwhelming majority of Australian pharmacists go to work while sick 

Patent expirations in the US promise opportunities for generics makers

Ownership laws must be enforced in Australia

Australian Aboriginal health service pharmacist committee holds inaugural meeting

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Canadian R&D-to-Sales Ratio for Brand-Name Drug Companies Less than Half of 10% Commitment

'Canada needs a better approach:' Health groups want alternatives to opioids

Fewer prescriptions for strong antibiotics written on P.E.I.

Availability of naloxone in Canadian pharmacies: a population-based survey 

Potential harms of green tea extract prompts Health Canada response

Liberals say they'll back prescription heroin, drug checking services to fight opioid crisis

Newly available drug secobarbital could boost number of self-administered assisted deaths in Canada

Medication News

U.S. approves digital pill that tracks when patients take it

HPV Vaccine Found to Prevent Rare Respiratory Disease


'How do you put a price on somebody's life?': Student needs $750K to treat rare disorder

Becoming a CDE Can Help Make a Difference

New tool could let patients contribute to doctors' notes

Ottawa’s plan to slap a new tax on medical cannabis sparks outrage 

Tech pioneers: pharmacists in technology and software development

Empowering Patients to Take Charge of Their Health

Doctor who survived pancreatic cancer shares symptoms to look for

The Role of the Pharmacist in Heart Failure Management

Quebec grants health minister power to impose duties on doctors

Lovell Drugs enlists Maricann to supply medicinal cannabis

Physicians may be biased against research from poor nations

Practice Change & News

University of Saskatchewan professor to study marijuana as medicine

Saskatchewan pharmacists adopt program to report drug dispensing errors

Pharmacies as primary healthcare hubs

International Developments

Boots (UK) increases mental health support after pharmacist suicide

Chemist Warehouse, in Australia, is the greatest on the planet, says co-founder

Why Every Pharmacist Should Care About the CVS/Aetna Deal

Savings through pharmacists' dispensing

All Scottish pharmacists set to prescribe antibiotics for UTIs

Walgreens donating vouchers for flu shots

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Health Canada eases restrictions on abortion pill Mifegymiso

Drug costs rising fast in Canadian health-care spending, report finds

Ontario centre to research uses and effectiveness of medicinal marijuana

Cracking Down on Opioids Hurts People With Chronic Pain

Equal access to abortion means Mifegymiso's cost must be covered in all provinces

Medication News

Pain relievers worked as well as opioids in ER patients

Many parents still believe cough and cold symptoms should be treated with antibiotics


Edmonton student diagnosed with diphtheria, city's first case in a decade

Workplace mental health training could cut sick leave costs

Pharmasave spotlights pharmacists’ diabetes expertise

Canada, China partner on project using apps, texts to treat mental health

Half of providers tie diabetes treatment success to managing patient's emotions

Facts not enough to change minds about health myths

Japanese Company Offers Extra Days Off to Workers Who Don’t Smoke

Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus programs merging

Benefits in pharmacy walking groups

Flu vaccine vital for yourself and those around you: pharmacist

IUDs linked to reduced risk of cervical cancer

Promoting Drug Safety During Breastfeeding

Mobile drug-comparison app rolled out for Canadian consumers

Practice Change & News

Let pharmacists treat minor ills to expand access to primary care

International Developments

New report reveals potential savings of over $1 billion to the Australian economy, if just a few prescription meds were switched to non-script status

An Indiana county just halted a lifesaving needle exchange program, citing the Bible 

Community pharmacy key to sustainable health system in Australia

Walgreens to shutter 600 stores by next spring as part of Rite Aid purchase

CVS Caremark unveils performance-based Rx network

Pharmacists Busted for Prying into Prince’s Medical Records

Ownership laws review in Western Australia

Amazon gains wholesale pharmacy licenses in many U.S. states

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Why side-effects may seem worse for high-priced drugs

How drug companies make you buy more medicine than you need

Canada’s national e-prescribing service gains momentum

Alberta hands out 31,000 naloxone kits that have halted well over 2,000 overdoses

U.S. drug company founder charged with bribing doctors to prescribe addictive opioid

Canada’s provincial and territorial health ministers secure federal support to study universal pharmacare

Data as an effective tool to boost medication adherence

Replacing pharmacists with robots isn't the answer to better productivity

Minnesota's measles outbreak is what happens when anti-vaxxers target immigrants

Massachusetts pharmacist linked to deadly meningitis outbreak cleared of murder

Newfoundland and Labrador pharmacists want pay for giving flu shots, predict 'nasty season'

Federal Minister of Health tables the 2016 Annual Report of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

Pharmacists critical to prescribing process

Medication News

Anti-stroke drugs also protect against dementia: study

Patients need rest, not antibiotics, say health officials

New hope for pulmonary hypertension thanks to old drug

Typhoid vaccine set to have 'huge impact'


Soothing with sound: ancient therapy used to treat anxiety, depression

Abbott launches the first and only smartphone compatible insertable cardiac monitor in the U.S.

Lawyers who excel in their work more likely to suffer depression: study

Ontario makes it illegal to protest outside and near abortion clinics

Announcing Mental Health Difference Makers from Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Edmonton man’s death from walnut allergy prompts calls for better access to life-saving treatment

Albertans among Canada's biggest users of medicinal marijuana, Health Canada says

Why Do We Need Separate Chicken-Pox and Shingles Vaccines?

Depression leads to shorter lifespan: Canadian study

Practice Change & News

Ontario pharmacists prepare for opioid task force

International Developments

DEA responds to explosive "60 Minutes" report about opioid crisis

Pharmacy Community Reacts to 60 Minutes/Washington Post Investigation

UK patient reports GP surgery diverting flu patients from local pharmacy 

The Future of Independent Pharmacy in the US

Mental health scripts, patients in the millions in Australia

McKesson (US) bolsters support of pharmacy ownership

Pharmacists Sentenced in Prescription Drug Smuggling, Pill Mill Scheme

US senate hearing scrutinizes prescription drug costs

US Community Pharmacy Has Broadened Scope of Services

Queensland, Australia pharmacy academics have assisted a Courier-Mail investigation into homeopathic medicines for kids – which turned out to be made from sugar

Second gene therapy treatment for blood cancer wins US FDA approval

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

UBC researchers pull paper linking vaccine component to autism after data alleged to be manipulated

B.C. must remove the barriers to access the abortion pill

Ten Years of Bad Policy Deepened Fentanyl Crisis, Says Canadian Senator

Prescription limits driving some patients to street drugs 

Alberta says Health Canada approves safe injection sites in Edmonton, Lethbridge

Why side-effects may seem worse for high-priced drugs

'Illegal' payments for prescription opioids under review, says Ontario health minister

Medication News

We risk losing antibiotics as medicine


Researchers find link between lack of sleep and gestational diabetes

Oral HPV affects more men than women in the U.S.

Evolving Your Pharmacy Practice in an Era of Great Change

Respiratory Research Centre launched at University of Saskatchewan

Rural B.C. needs injectable treatment in OD crisis fight, pharmacists say

ISMP Issues Alert, Urges Pharmacist Intervention

Collaborative Approach Urged for Veterinarians, Pharmacists

Is Canadian health care choosing wisely?

Consumers aiming to improve pet health

Practice Change & News

Value of pharmacist-delivered vaccinations

International Developments

Pharmacists have been reminded that the Pharmacy Board of Australia Code of Conduct applies to all online activity—including public forums and closed groups

China to allow some drugs based on foreign approvals

California governor signs drug pricing transparency law

Strategies already underway to tackle pharmacist stress in Australia

Chicago moves closer to easing pharmacist workload

Meet Elijaah Goins, Ohio State special-teams star and CVS pharmacy technician

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

US drug chains tumble on reports Amazon eyeing their pie

Ottawa's new pharmacare plan will deny you important medicines and cost you more

Manslaughter charges against alleged fentanyl dealers mount across Canada

Pfizer weighs $15 billion sale of consumer healthcare business

Doctor acquitted in opioid case involving thousands of pills

GlaxoSmithKline's shingles vaccine gets approval in Canada

Medication News

With no morphine, 25 million die in pain each year: report

Time to stop over-prescribing antipsychotics to adults with developmental disabilities


World Mental Health Day Promotes Psychological Wellness at Work

Safe injection sites not in the works for Saskatchewan

Children with ADHD move twice as much when learning, brain tests show

Concussion leads to post-career mental issues

Millennials most likely to have experience with depression

Doctors Get Their Own Second Opinions 

Ottawa returns $10M to Quebec after user-fee spat, but vows to uphold health act

Practice Change & News

Flu study shows pharmacists increased coverage

Patients signing pre-commitment improves medicines adherence

Pharmacists: Valuable Assets in Managing Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

Pharmasave clinical trial targets diabetes

International Developments

Rite Aid kicks off Pharmacy Champions program

Australian Chemist Warehouse among worries for pharmacists in New Zealand

UK pharmacists 'failing to use clinical skills to progress profession'

Walgreens adds almost 1,000 medication disposal kiosks into stores

CVS simplifies patient Rxs with ScriptPath

Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico Leads to Fears of Drug Shortages Nationwide

Detroit-area mom jailed for ignoring deal to vaccinate son

7-month suspension for Northern Ireland pharmacist whose dispensing error led to death

Walgreens turns spotlight on pharmacists’ dedication

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Blacked-out information reveals secret world of drug prices

U.S. court reverses ban on sale of Regeneron, Sanofi cholesterol drug

Medication News

When will researchers deliver on male contraception?


Ontario to spend $72.6M over 3 years on psychotherapy

Toronto bars, music venues begin stocking naloxone kits in face of opioid crisis

Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada Announces Appointment of VP, Public Affairs

There’s a DNA test that can determine which antidepressants are right for you

Nutritious food harder to access in Indigenous communities, study finds

METRO INC. to acquire The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. for $4.5 billion

Patients Want to Interact with Their Pharmacists on Social Media

Meditation may help prevent heart disease, doctors say

Dianne Carmichael appointed as President of Payor Markets and Head of Corporate Strategy & Business Development for McKesson Canada

My wife had a baby, and I started thinking about suicide. A psychiatrist’s diagnosis surprised me.

The plague is spreading rapidly in Madagascar, which already had highest number of cases worldwide

Cystic fibrosis scientists discover abnormal response to lung infections

'You're trying to solve a drug problem with another drug': Vaccines for cocaine, heroin and opioid addictions

Practice Change & News

Alberta College of Pharmacists wins appeal, inducement ban to be reinstated

Nova Scotia pharmacies now offering free naloxone kits for opioid overdoses

International Developments

FDA Rejects Abuse-Deterrent OxyContin

Why University of Maryland-Baltimore Pharmacy School Cancelled Marijuana Classes

FDA approves first blood sugar monitor without finger prick

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

A more detailed pharmacy invoice starting in Quebec

Ontario to require disclosure of drug companies' payments to doctors

Watchdog says universal pharmacare would cost Ottawa $19B

FDA Shuts Down Fake Pharmacies; worldwide operation shuts down hundreds of illegal websites

Washington state sues OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

Birth defect risks of sodium valproate 'known 40 years ago'

Medication News

Alexion Pharmaceuticals ordered to lower price of Soliris in Canada

Heart disease patients who quit their daily Aspirin are at risk of heart attack, stroke: study

Ontario Pharmacies Propose New Solution in the Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

Eli Lilly wins U.S. approval for breast cancer drug


Alexandra King named first Cameco chair in Indigenous health

Health minister says Canadians need to avoid judging those addicted to opioids

Could Canadian pharmacies be the new gatekeepers for medical marijuana?

Psychedelic drug therapies hold great promise, need more research funding: scientists

Saskatchewan First Nations drafts suicide prevention plan

The future is now at Niagara Falls pharmacy

Health Canada to launch new campaign warning youth about risks of cannabis use

Health systems often discriminate against Indigenous patients: Philpott

All moods may be contagious, but experts say depression isn’t

Alberta doctors cost province $3.4B last year, up 9% over previous year

Heart disease patients who quit their daily Aspirin are at risk of heart attack, stroke: study

Nursing homes sign exclusive deal with pot producer

659 students suspended for incomplete immunization records in Windsor, Ont.

Jean Coutu in advanced talks to be acquired by Metro

How does media coverage affect medicine use?

International Developments

US FDA plans new compounding pharmacy policy, agency head says 

Massachusetts pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak heading to trial

Why Are Drug Prices So High? We’re Curious, Too

Jeremy Hunt’s Department Looking At ‘Irresponsible’ Plan To Cut Supervision Of Qualified Pharmacists

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Ottawa Public Health installs needle, crack pipe vending machines

The global crackdown on parents who refuse vaccines for their kids has begun; countries like Italy and Australia are tired of measles outbreaks — so they're moving to fine anti-vaccine parents

Ontario to cover HIV prevention pill under public health plan

Babies Should Receive HepB Vaccine Immediately After Birth

Quebec schools offer free cancer prevention in grade 4

Medication News

An Australian coroner says Champix had a role in Timothy John’s death, which occurred after only eight days on the drug

Nova Scotia government to make abortion pill available for free at pharmacies


Allergy alert: Why aren’t life saving injectors everywhere in public?

University of Saskatchewan security officers add naloxone kits to tool belts

Saskatchewan Health Authority releases organizational structure, logo

Should Dr. Google screen for depression?

Goop-debunker revels in new attack on Gwyneth Paltrow: 'We don't want the spreading of bunk'

Practice Change & News

Future impact on community pharmacies

Pharmacy tackles opioid addictions, mental illness and health issues among Calgary's homeless

Pharmacy 'essential' in atrial fibrilliation screening

International Developments

Pharmacy Guild of Australia focuses on Mental Health in pharmacies

Execution in Nevada to use powerful opioid fentanyl

How to Protect a Drug Patent? Give it to a Native American Tribe

New professional support tools for all Australian pharmacists

What’s stopping UK pharmacies doing more to reduce pressure on GPs?

Pharmaceutical companies in Australia gave $12m to doctors, nurses and pharmacists

Walgreens, CDC team up on HIV prevention

Robbers bested by sword-wielding pharmacist

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen get £100k funding to improve patient-pharmacist shared decision-making

CVS Unveils New Vending Machines; the new machines will feature of variety of OTC meds and other products

Retail pharmacy again steps to the plate as the South recovers from the latest hurricane

Pharmacy is becoming corporatised across Australia and similar countries, warns Pharmacy Guild of Australia national president

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Health Canada moves to ban non-prescription codeine sales

'A misuse of scarce funds': NHS to end prescription of homeopathic remedies

'A broken system': Why workers are fighting mandatory mail-order drug plans

Doctors and pharmacists must step up to help women access abortion pill: Editorial

Pharmacy fees won't be passed on to patients, say Manitoba pharmacists

B.C.’s addictions minister wants to consider decriminalizing drugs

Quebec to offer overdose-reversal drug naloxone free of charge in pharmacies

Medication News

Medical marijuana can reduce opioid use: study

Man taking alternative health supplements diagnosed with cyanide poisoning

U.S. clears first ‘living drug’ in hopes of destroying childhood leukemia

Riboflavin: Evolving Clinical Indications

People who most need prescribed heart disease prevention drugs least likely to get them


Physical health is important while treating mental illness

Have Canadian researchers found a way to reverse pot's harmful effects?

Woman gets free fentanyl overdose kit, saves a life five hours later

Pharmacists help travellers get on their way safely

No link between hormone therapy for menopausal women and death rates: study

Saskatchewan labour leaders are pushing for a universal pharmacare program in the province

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

Balancing Act: Dealing with Stress in the Pharmacy

Boston doctor saves professor's life by spotting blood clot symptoms during lecture

Saskatchewan latest province to help protect boys from cancer with HPV vaccine

Is Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop pseudoscience winning?

Overtreatment Is Common, Doctors Say 

Create stand-alone ministry for mental health, addictions, Ontario NDP urges