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
http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/shoppers-drug-mart-issues-job-posting-for-medical-marijuana-brand-manager-1.3676119 

Why is pharmacy so hard to understand?
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacy-hard-understand/ 

Pharmacists and pot? Absolutely!
http://eedition.toronto.24hrs.ca/epaper/showarticle.aspx?&article=3c4b877c-8410-4cb9-9efc-ee4b9205c809 

International Developments

FDA warns against using kratom for opioid addiction
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-fda-kratom/fda-warns-against-using-kratom-for-opioid-addiction-idUSKBN1DE1ZJ

Hy-Vee brings telepharmacy locations to 2 Iowa communities
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/hy-vee-brings-telepharmacy-locations--iowa-communities

Supporting Australian community pharmacy to manage changes from codeine upscheduling
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/2017/supporting-community-pharmacy-to-manage-changes-from-codeine-upscheduling 

Michigan Pharmacists Association, MedCerts partner to certify pharmacy technicians
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/michigan-pharmacists-association-medcerts-partner-certify-pharmacy-technicians

An overwhelming majority of Australian pharmacists go to work while sick
https://ajp.com.au/news/no-sickies-pharmacists/ 

Patent expirations in the US promise opportunities for generics makers
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/patent-expirations-promise-opportunities-generics-makers

Ownership laws must be enforced in Australia
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/messages-from-george/2017/ownership-laws-must-be-enforced2

Australian Aboriginal health service pharmacist committee holds inaugural meeting
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/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
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/new-report-canadian-rd-to-sales-ratio-for-brand-name-drug-companies-less-than-half-of-10-commitment-657448203.html

'Canada needs a better approach:' Health groups want alternatives to opioids
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/canada-needs-a-better-approach-health-groups-want-alternatives-to-opioids-1.3676142

Fewer prescriptions for strong antibiotics written on P.E.I.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-antibiotic-awareness-1.4402819

Availability of naloxone in Canadian pharmacies: a population-based survey
http://cmajopen.ca/content/5/4/E779.full.pdf 

Potential harms of green tea extract prompts Health Canada response
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/potential-harms-of-green-tea-extract-prompts-health-canada-response-1.3680057

Liberals say they'll back prescription heroin, drug checking services to fight opioid crisis
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/opioid-prescription-heroin-1.4403709

Newly available drug secobarbital could boost number of self-administered assisted deaths in Canada
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/newly-available-drug-could-boost-number-of-self-administered-assisted-deaths-1.3682082

Medication News

U.S. approves digital pill that tracks when patients take it
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-otsuka-holdings-fda/u-s-approves-digital-pill-that-tracks-when-patients-take-it-idUSKBN1DE039

HPV Vaccine Found to Prevent Rare Respiratory Disease
http://www.pharmacypracticenews.com/Clinical/Article/11-17/HPV-Vaccine-Found-to-Prevent-Rare-Respiratory-Disease/45246

Miscellaneous

'How do you put a price on somebody's life?': Student needs $750K to treat rare disorder
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/how-do-you-put-a-price-on-somebody-s-life-student-needs-750k-to-treat-rare-disorder-1.3674528

Becoming a CDE Can Help Make a Difference
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/becoming-cde-can-help-make-difference

New tool could let patients contribute to doctors' notes
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-medical-records-electronic/new-tool-could-let-patients-contribute-to-doctors-notes-idUSKBN1DD2QB

Ottawa’s plan to slap a new tax on medical cannabis sparks outrage
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawas-plan-to-slap-a-new-tax-on-medical-cannabis-sparks-outrage/article36913151/ 

Tech pioneers: pharmacists in technology and software development
http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/careers-and-jobs/career-feature/tech-pioneers-pharmacists-in-technology-and-software-development/20203681.article

Empowering Patients to Take Charge of Their Health
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/christina-tarantola/2017/11/empowering-patients-to-take-charge-of-their-health

Doctor who survived pancreatic cancer shares symptoms to look for
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/doctor-who-survived-pancreatic-cancer-shares-symptoms-to-look-for-1.3678813

The Role of the Pharmacist in Heart Failure Management
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/the-role-of-the-pharmacist-in-heart-failure-management

Quebec grants health minister power to impose duties on doctors
http://cmajnews.com/2017/11/15/quebec-grants-health-minister-power-to-impose-duties-on-doctors-cmaj-109-5531/

Lovell Drugs enlists Maricann to supply medicinal cannabis
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/lovell-drugs-enlists-maricann-to-supply-medicinal-cannabis/

Physicians may be biased against research from poor nations
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-research-bias/physicians-may-be-biased-against-research-from-poor-nations-idUSKBN1DF2MM

Practice Change & News

University of Saskatchewan professor to study marijuana as medicine
https://globalnews.ca/news/3848220/university-saskatchewan-marijuana-medicine-cannabinoids-robert-laprairie/

Saskatchewan pharmacists adopt program to report drug dispensing errors
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/sask-pharmacists-adopt-program-to-report-drug-dispensing-errors-1.4384242

Pharmacies as primary healthcare hubs
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacies-primary-healthcare-hubs/

International Developments

Boots (UK) increases mental health support after pharmacist suicide
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/boots-increases-mental-health-support-after-pharmacist-suicide

Chemist Warehouse, in Australia, is the greatest on the planet, says co-founder
https://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/chemist-warehouse-greatest-planet-says-gance

Why Every Pharmacist Should Care About the CVS/Aetna Deal
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/why-every-pharmacist-should-care-about-cvsaetna-deal

Savings through pharmacists' dispensing
https://ajp.com.au/news/political/savings-pharmacists-dispensing/

All Scottish pharmacists set to prescribe antibiotics for UTIs
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/all-scottish-pharmacists-set-prescribe-utis-and-impetigo

Walgreens donating vouchers for flu shots
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/walgreens-teams-with-familywize-united-way-for-flu-shots/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Health Canada eases restrictions on abortion pill Mifegymiso
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-canada-eases-restrictions-on-abortion-pill-mifegymiso-1.3667422

Drug costs rising fast in Canadian health-care spending, report finds
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/cihi-health-costs-canada-report-prescriptions-pharmacare-1.4390945

Ontario centre to research uses and effectiveness of medicinal marijuana
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ontario-centre-to-research-uses-and-effectiveness-of-medicinal-marijuana-1.3666971

Cracking Down on Opioids Hurts People With Chronic Pain
https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/8x5m7g/opioid-crackdown-chronic-pain-patients-suicide

Equal access to abortion means Mifegymiso's cost must be covered in all provinces
http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/mifegymiso-cost-nl-1.4395267

Medication News

Pain relievers worked as well as opioids in ER patients
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/pain-relievers-worked-as-well-as-opioids-in-er-patients-1.3666959

Many parents still believe cough and cold symptoms should be treated with antibiotics
https://ajp.com.au/news/parents-still-expect-antibiotics-nps/

Miscellaneous

Edmonton student diagnosed with diphtheria, city's first case in a decade
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/edmonton-student-diagnosed-with-diphtheria-city-s-first-case-in-a-decade-1.3668728

Workplace mental health training could cut sick leave costs
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-workplace-mental-health/workplace-mental-health-training-could-cut-sick-leave-costs-idUSKBN1D82KS

Pharmasave spotlights pharmacists’ diabetes expertise
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/pharmasave-spotlights-pharmacists-diabetes-expertise/

Canada, China partner on project using apps, texts to treat mental health
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-china-mental-health-care-1.4395193

Half of providers tie diabetes treatment success to managing patient's emotions
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/half-hcps-tie-diabetes-treatment-success-managing-patients-emotions

Facts not enough to change minds about health myths
http://cmajnews.com/2017/11/02/facts-not-enough-to-change-minds-about-health-myths-cmaj-109-5526/

Japanese Company Offers Extra Days Off to Workers Who Don’t Smoke
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/world/asia/japan-smokers-vacation.html

Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus programs merging
http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/shoppers-optimum-and-pc-plus-programs-merging-1.3668274

Benefits in pharmacy walking groups
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/forefront/v07n22/benefits-in-pharmacy-walking-groups

Flu vaccine vital for yourself and those around you: pharmacist
http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/flu-vaccine-vital-for-yourself-and-those-around-you-pharmacist

IUDs linked to reduced risk of cervical cancer
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/iuds-linked-to-reduced-risk-of-cervical-cancer-1.3670749

Promoting Drug Safety During Breastfeeding
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/promoting-drug-safety-during-breastfeeding

Mobile drug-comparison app rolled out for Canadian consumers
http://www.lifehealthpro.ca/news/mobile-drugcomparison-app-rolled-out-for-canadian-consumers-233745.aspx

Practice Change & News

Let pharmacists treat minor ills to expand access to primary care
http://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/opinion-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
https://ajp.com.au/news/1-billion-saved/

An Indiana county just halted a lifesaving needle exchange program, citing the Bible
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/20/16507902/indiana-lawrence-county-needle-exchange 

Community pharmacy key to sustainable health system in Australia
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/forefront/volume-7-no-21/community-pharmacy-key-to-sustainable-health-system

Walgreens to shutter 600 stores by next spring as part of Rite Aid purchase
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/walgreens-shutter-00-stores-next-spring-part-rite-aid-purchas

CVS Caremark unveils performance-based Rx network
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/cvs-caremark-unveils-performance-based-rx-network/

Pharmacists Busted for Prying into Prince’s Medical Records
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmacists-busted-prying-prince-s-medical-records

Ownership laws review in Western Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/ownership-rules-review-wa/

Amazon gains wholesale pharmacy licenses in many U.S. states
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-retail/amazon-gains-wholesale-pharmacy-licenses-in-many-u-s-states-report-idUSKBN1CV388

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Why side-effects may seem worse for high-priced drugs
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/nocebo-effect-greater-expensive-drugs-1.4358664

How drug companies make you buy more medicine than you need
https://www.vox.com/videos/2017/10/18/16496590/how-drug-companies-waste-medicine

Canada’s national e-prescribing service gains momentum
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/canadas-national-e-prescribing-service-gains-momentum/

Alberta hands out 31,000 naloxone kits that have halted well over 2,000 overdoses
http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/province-hands-out-31000-naloxone-kits-that-have-halted-well-over-2000-overdoses

U.S. drug company founder charged with bribing doctors to prescribe addictive opioid
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/john-kapoor-insys-opioid-prescription-bribes-1.4375037

Canada’s provincial and territorial health ministers secure federal support to study universal pharmacare  
http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/provincial-health-ministers-secure-federal-support-to-study-universal-pharmacare

Data as an effective tool to boost medication adherence
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/data-effective-tool-boost-medication-adherence

Replacing pharmacists with robots isn't the answer to better productivity
https://ajp.com.au/news/replacing-pharmacists-robots-isnt-answer-better-productivity/

Minnesota's measles outbreak is what happens when anti-vaxxers target immigrants
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/10/26/16552864/minnesotas-measles-outbreak-immigrants-anti-vaxxers

Massachusetts pharmacist linked to deadly meningitis outbreak cleared of murder
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/deadly-meningitis-outbreak-pharmacist-glenn-chin-new-england-compounding-center/

Newfoundland and Labrador pharmacists want pay for giving flu shots, predict 'nasty season'
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/flu-shot-newfoundland-labrador-pharmacists-1.436691

Federal Minister of Health tables the 2016 Annual Report of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/federal-minister-of-health-tables-the-2016-annual-report-of-the-patented-medicine-prices-review-board-653642753.html

Pharmacists critical to prescribing process
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacists-critical-prescribing-process/

Medication News

Anti-stroke drugs also protect against dementia: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/anti-stroke-drugs-also-protect-against-dementia-study-1.3647788

Patients need rest, not antibiotics, say health officials
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41696236

New hope for pulmonary hypertension thanks to old drug
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-hope-for-pulmonary-hypertension-thanks-to-old-drug-1.3648568

Typhoid vaccine set to have 'huge impact'
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41724996

Miscellaneous

Soothing with sound: ancient therapy used to treat anxiety, depression
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/soothing-with-sound-ancient-therapy-used-to-treat-anxiety-depression-1.3643773

Abbott launches the first and only smartphone compatible insertable cardiac monitor in the U.S.
http://abbott.mediaroom.com/2017-10-23-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
https://globalnews.ca/news/3818613/lawyers-mental-health-depression-increases-with-success/

Ontario makes it illegal to protest outside and near abortion clinics
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-abortion-protest-bill-1.4372090

Announcing Mental Health Difference Makers from Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/announcing-mental-health-difference-makers-from-alberta-manitoba-and-saskatchewan-652505723.html

Edmonton man’s death from walnut allergy prompts calls for better access to life-saving treatment
https://globalnews.ca/news/3820864/edmonton-mans-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
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-medicinal-marijuana-usage-1.4363305

Why Do We Need Separate Chicken-Pox and Shingles Vaccines?
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/10/shingles-chickenpox-virus/543816/

Depression leads to shorter lifespan: Canadian study
https://globalnews.ca/news/3825098/depression-leads-to-shorter-lifespan-canadian-study/

Practice Change & News

Ontario pharmacists prepare for opioid task force
http://www.torontosun.com/2017/10/14/pharmacists-prepare-for-opiod-task-force

International Developments

DEA responds to explosive "60 Minutes" report about opioid crisis
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/opioid-crisis-dea-responds-60-minutes-report/

Pharmacy Community Reacts to 60 Minutes/Washington Post Investigation
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmacy-community-reacts-60-minuteswashington-post-investigation

UK patient reports GP surgery diverting flu patients from local pharmacy
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/patient-reports-gp-surgery-diverting-flu-patients 

The Future of Independent Pharmacy in the US
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/future-independent-pharmacy

Mental health scripts, patients in the millions in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/mental-health-scripts-patients-millions/

McKesson (US) bolsters support of pharmacy ownership
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/mckesson-bolsters-support-of-pharmacy-ownership/

Pharmacists Sentenced in Prescription Drug Smuggling, Pill Mill Scheme
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/pharmacists-sentenced-in-prescription-drug-smuggling-pill-mill-scheme

US senate hearing scrutinizes prescription drug costs
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/ncpa-pbm-drug-prices-congress/

US Community Pharmacy Has Broadened Scope of Services
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/report-community-pharmacy-has-broadened-scope-services

Queensland, Australia pharmacy academics have assisted a Courier-Mail investigation into homeopathic medicines for kids – which turned out to be made from sugar
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacy-experts-find-homeopathy-sugar/

Second gene therapy treatment for blood cancer wins US FDA approval
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/gene-therapy-lymphoma-blood-cancer-fda-approval/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

UBC researchers pull paper linking vaccine component to autism after data alleged to be manipulated
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ubc-autsism-vaccine-paper-retraction-chris-shaw-1.4351855

B.C. must remove the barriers to access the abortion pill
https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/bc-must-remove-the-barriers-to-access-the-abortion-pill/article36593910/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

Ten Years of Bad Policy Deepened Fentanyl Crisis, Says Canadian Senator
https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/10/17/Bad-Policy-Deepened-Fentanyl-Crisis/

Prescription limits driving some patients to street drugs
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/prescription-limits-driving-patients-street-drugs-1.4351816 

Alberta says Health Canada approves safe injection sites in Edmonton, Lethbridge
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/alberta-says-health-canada-approves-safe-injection-sites-in-edmonton-lethbridge-1.3638174

Why side-effects may seem worse for high-priced drugs
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/nocebo-effect-greater-expensive-drugs-1.4358664

'Illegal' payments for prescription opioids under review, says Ontario health minister
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/10/13/illegal-payments-for-prescription-opioids-under-review-says-health-minister.html

Medication News

We risk losing antibiotics as medicine
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-41606921/antibiotics-may-be-lost-through-overuse-says-chief-medical-officer

Miscellaneous

Researchers find link between lack of sleep and gestational diabetes
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/researchers-find-link-between-lack-of-sleep-and-gestational-diabetes-1.3635554

Oral HPV affects more men than women in the U.S.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/hpv-men-1.4358091

Evolving Your Pharmacy Practice in an Era of Great Change
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/evolving-your-pharmacy-practice-in-an-era-of-great-change

Respiratory Research Centre launched at University of Saskatchewan
https://globalnews.ca/news/3806398/respiratory-research-centre-university-of-saskatchewan-saskatoon/

Rural B.C. needs injectable treatment in OD crisis fight, pharmacists say
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/rural-b-c-needs-injectable-treatment-in-od-crisis-fight-pharmacists-say-1.3635313

ISMP Issues Alert, Urges Pharmacist Intervention
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/ismp-issues-alert-urges-pharmacist-intervention

Collaborative Approach Urged for Veterinarians, Pharmacists
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/conferences/ncpa-2017/collaborative-approach-urged-for-veterinarians-pharmacists

Is Canadian health care choosing wisely?
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/10/16/is-canadian-health-care-choosing-wisely.htm

Consumers aiming to improve pet health
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/consumers-aiming-improve-pet-health

Practice Change & News

Value of pharmacist-delivered vaccinations
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/forefront/volume-7-issue-20/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
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacy-board-professional-social-media/

China to allow some drugs based on foreign approvals
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/china-to-allow-some-drugs-based-on-foreign-approvals-1.3624756

California governor signs drug pricing transparency law
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-drugpricing/california-governor-signs-drug-pricing-transparency-law-idUSKBN1CE28W

Strategies already underway to tackle pharmacist stress in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/strategies-already-underway-tackle-pharmacist-stress/

Chicago moves closer to easing pharmacist workload
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/druginteractions/ct-pharmacy-rules-chicago-met-20171010-story.html

Meet Elijaah Goins, Ohio State special-teams star and CVS pharmacy technician
https://www.landof10.com/ohio-state/meet-elijaah-goins-ohio-state-special-teams-star-cvs-pharmacy-technician

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

US drug chains tumble on reports Amazon eyeing their pie
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-retail/drug-chains-tumble-on-reports-amazon-eyeing-their-pie-idUSKBN1CB2ML

Ottawa's new pharmacare plan will deny you important medicines and cost you more
http://business.financialpost.com/opinion/ottawas-new-pharmacare-plan-will-deny-you-important-medicines-and-cost-you-more

Manslaughter charges against alleged fentanyl dealers mount across Canada
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/fentanyl-manslaughter-dealers-overdose-death-1.4346539

Pfizer weighs $15 billion sale of consumer healthcare business
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pfizer-divestiture/pfizer-weighs-15-billion-sale-of-consumer-healthcare-business-idUSKBN1CF19M

Doctor acquitted in opioid case involving thousands of pills
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/sarah-jones-acquitted-1.4353141

GlaxoSmithKline's shingles vaccine gets approval in Canada
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-gsk-canada-approval/glaxosmithklines-shingles-vaccine-gets-approval-in-canada-idUSKBN1CI2LA

Medication News

With no morphine, 25 million die in pain each year: report
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/with-no-morphine-25-million-die-in-pain-each-year-report-1.3630707

Time to stop over-prescribing antipsychotics to adults with developmental disabilities
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/10/13/time-to-stop-over-prescribing-antipsychotics-to-adults-with-developmental-disabilities.html

Miscellaneous

World Mental Health Day Promotes Psychological Wellness at Work
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/statement---world-mental-health-day-promotes-psychological-wellness-at-work-650236823.html

Safe injection sites not in the works for Saskatchewan
http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/safe-injection-sites-not-in-the-works-for-saskatchewan

Children with ADHD move twice as much when learning, brain tests show
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/adhd-brain-1.4344754

Concussion leads to post-career mental issues
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-soccer-concussion-study/concussion-leads-to-post-career-mental-issues-fifpro-study-idUSKBN1CE27Q

Millennials most likely to have experience with depression
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/millennials-most-likely-to-have-experience-with-depression-650270443.html

Doctors Get Their Own Second Opinions
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/10/doctors-get-their-own-second-opinions/542463/ 

Ottawa returns $10M to Quebec after user-fee spat, but vows to uphold health act
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/health-care-funding-quebec-1.4351997

Practice Change & News

Flu study shows pharmacists increased coverage
https://ajp.com.au/news/flu-study-shows-pharmacists-increased-coverage/

Patients signing pre-commitment improves medicines adherence
https://www.pharmacy.biz/news/patients-signing-pre-commitment-improves-medicines-adherence/

Pharmacists: Valuable Assets in Managing Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/diabetes/pharmacists-valuable-assets-in-managing-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease

Pharmasave clinical trial targets diabetes
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/pharmasave-clinical-trial-targets-diabetes/

International Developments

Rite Aid kicks off Pharmacy Champions program
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/rite-aid-kicks-pharmacy-champions-program

Australian Chemist Warehouse among worries for pharmacists in New Zealand
https://ajp.com.au/news/chemist-warehouse-among-kiwi-worries/

UK pharmacists 'failing to use clinical skills to progress profession'
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/pharmacy-show-pre-interview-satyan-kotecha-pharmacist-skills

Walgreens adds almost 1,000 medication disposal kiosks into stores
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/walgreens-adds-almost-1000-medication-disposal-kiosks-stores

CVS simplifies patient Rxs with ScriptPath
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/cvs-simplifies-patient-rxs-with-scriptpath/

Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico Leads to Fears of Drug Shortages Nationwide
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/health/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-pharmaceutical-manufacturers.html

Detroit-area mom jailed for ignoring deal to vaccinate son
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rebecca-bredow-detroit-area-mom-jailed-for-ignoring-deal-to-vaccinate-son/

7-month suspension for Northern Ireland pharmacist whose dispensing error led to death
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/7-month-suspension-pharmacist-whose-dispensing-error-led-death

Walgreens turns spotlight on pharmacists’ dedication
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/walgreens-turns-spotlight-on-pharmacists-dedication/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Blacked-out information reveals secret world of drug prices
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/second-opinion170930-1.4313678

U.S. court reverses ban on sale of Regeneron, Sanofi cholesterol drug
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-amgen-regeneron-pharms-court/u-s-court-reverses-ban-on-sale-of-regeneron-sanofi-cholesterol-drug-idUSKBN1CA1PG

Medication News

When will researchers deliver on male contraception?
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/when-will-researchers-deliver-on-male-contraception-1.3613563

Miscellaneous

Ontario to spend $72.6M over 3 years on psychotherapy
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-health-minister-eric-hoskins-psychotherapy-1.4317118

Toronto bars, music venues begin stocking naloxone kits in face of opioid crisis
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/10/01/toronto-bars-music-venues-begin-stocking-naloxone-kits-in-face-of-opioid-crisis.html

Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada Announces Appointment of VP, Public Affairs
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/neighbourhood-pharmacy-association-of-canada-announces-appointment-of-vp-public-affairs-649464113.html

There’s a DNA test that can determine which antidepressants are right for you
https://globalnews.ca/news/3781014/theres-a-dna-test-that-can-determine-which-antidepressants-are-right-for-you/

Nutritious food harder to access in Indigenous communities, study finds
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/indigenous-food-insecurity-study-atlantic-canada-1.4315275

METRO INC. to acquire The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. for $4.5 billion
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/metro-inc-to-acquire-the-jean-coutu-group-pjc-inc-for-45-billion-649023573.html

Patients Want to Interact with Their Pharmacists on Social Media
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/patients-want-to-interact-with-their-pharmacists-on-social-media

Meditation may help prevent heart disease, doctors say
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-heart-meditation/meditation-may-help-prevent-heart-disease-doctors-say-idUSKCN1C82B0

Dianne Carmichael appointed as President of Payor Markets and Head of Corporate Strategy & Business Development for McKesson Canada
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/dianne-carmichael-appointed-as-president-of-payor-markets-and-head-of-corporate-strategy--business-development-for-mckesson-canada-649423163.html

My wife had a baby, and I started thinking about suicide. A psychiatrist’s diagnosis surprised me.
https://www.vox.com/first-person/2017/10/3/16411378/male-post-partum-depression-mental-health

The plague is spreading rapidly in Madagascar, which already had highest number of cases worldwide
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/madagascar-plague-outbreak-1.4329327

Cystic fibrosis scientists discover abnormal response to lung infections
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/cystic-fibrosis-scientists-discover-abnormal-response-to-lung-infections-1.3621223

'You're trying to solve a drug problem with another drug': Vaccines for cocaine, heroin and opioid addictions
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/addiction-vaccine-weill-cornell-cocaine-opioids-epidemic-1.4327603

Practice Change & News

Alberta College of Pharmacists wins appeal, inducement ban to be reinstated
https://pharmacists.ab.ca/articles/alberta-college-pharmacists-wins-appeal-inducement-ban-be-reinstated

Nova Scotia pharmacies now offering free naloxone kits for opioid overdoses
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/nova-scotia-pharmacies-now-offering-free-naloxone-kits-for-opioid-overdoses-1.3612248

International Developments

FDA Rejects Abuse-Deterrent OxyContin
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/product-news/fda-rejects-abusedeterrent-oxycontin

Why University of Maryland-Baltimore Pharmacy School Cancelled Marijuana Classes
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/node/441391

FDA approves first blood sugar monitor without finger prick
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fda-approves-first-blood-sugar-monitor-without-finger-prick/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

A more detailed pharmacy invoice starting in Quebec
http://www.ramq.gouv.qc.ca/en/regie/press-room/news/2017/Pages/detailed-pharmacy-invoice.aspx

Ontario to require disclosure of drug companies' payments to doctors
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ontario-to-require-disclosure-of-drug-companies-payments-to-doctors-1.3607963

Watchdog says universal pharmacare would cost Ottawa $19B
https://globalnews.ca/news/3773889/watchdog-says-universal-pharmacare-would-cost-ottawa-19b/

FDA Shuts Down Fake Pharmacies; worldwide operation shuts down hundreds of illegal websites
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/fda-shuts-down-fake-pharmacies

Washington state sues OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-washington-opioids/washington-state-sues-oxycontin-maker-purdue-pharma-idUSKCN1C32LM

Birth defect risks of sodium valproate 'known 40 years ago'
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/26/sodium-valproate-birth-defect-risks-known-40-years-ago-campaigners

Medication News

Alexion Pharmaceuticals ordered to lower price of Soliris in Canada
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/solaris-pmprb-1.4310249

Heart disease patients who quit their daily Aspirin are at risk of heart attack, stroke: study
https://globalnews.ca/news/3770208/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
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/ontario-pharmacies-propose-new-solution-in-the-fight-against-opioid-epidemic-648475913.html

Eli Lilly wins U.S. approval for breast cancer drug
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lilly-fda/eli-lilly-wins-u-s-approval-for-breast-cancer-drug-idUSKCN1C32Z1

Miscellaneous

Alexandra King named first Cameco chair in Indigenous health
https://globalnews.ca/news/3774348/cameco-indigenous-health-chair-alexandra-king/

Health minister says Canadians need to avoid judging those addicted to opioids
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/health-minister-opioid-crisis-1.4300991

Could Canadian pharmacies be the new gatekeepers for medical marijuana?
https://www.civilized.life/articles/could-canadian-pharmacies-be-the-new-gateway-for-medical-marijuana/

Psychedelic drug therapies hold great promise, need more research funding: scientists
https://globalnews.ca/news/3767884/psychedelic-therapy-research-canada/

Saskatchewan First Nations drafts suicide prevention plan
http://cmajnews.com/2017/09/25/saskatchewan-first-nations-drafts-suicide-prevention-plan-cmaj-109-5502/

The future is now at Niagara Falls pharmacy
https://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/7562027-the-future-is-now-at-niagara-falls-pharmacy/

Health Canada to launch new campaign warning youth about risks of cannabis use
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/health-canada-cannabis-1.4304523

Health systems often discriminate against Indigenous patients: Philpott
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-systems-often-discriminate-against-indigenous-patients-philpott-1.3609772

All moods may be contagious, but experts say depression isn’t
https://globalnews.ca/news/3769166/happiness-contagious-depression-isnt-study/

Alberta doctors cost province $3.4B last year, up 9% over previous year
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/cihi-more-doctors-growing-fees-annual-report-2017-1.4310479

Heart disease patients who quit their daily Aspirin are at risk of heart attack, stroke: study
https://globalnews.ca/news/3770208/heart-disease-patients-who-quit-their-daily-aspirin-are-at-risk-of-heart-attack-stroke-study/

Nursing homes sign exclusive deal with pot producer
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/care-home-marijuana-supplier-1.4308010

659 students suspended for incomplete immunization records in Windsor, Ont.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/659-students-suspended-for-incomplete-immunization-records-in-windsor-ont-1.3611470

Jean Coutu in advanced talks to be acquired by Metro
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/jean-coutu-advanced-talks-be-acquired-metro

How does media coverage affect medicine use?
https://ajp.com.au/news/media-coverage-affect-medicine-use/

International Developments

US FDA plans new compounding pharmacy policy, agency head says
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fda-pharmacies-exclusive/exclusive-fda-plans-new-compounding-pharmacy-policy-agency-head-says-idUSKCN1BQ2RV 

Massachusetts pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak heading to trial
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/pharmacist-in-deadly-meningitis-outbreak-heading-to-trial-1.3593230

Why Are Drug Prices So High? We’re Curious, Too
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/17/insider/insider-high-drug-prices-opioids.html

Jeremy Hunt’s Department Looking At ‘Irresponsible’ Plan To Cut Supervision Of Qualified Pharmacists
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jeremy-hunt-pharmacists_uk_59bfd654e4b02da0e143a71b

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Ottawa Public Health installs needle, crack pipe vending machines
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ottawa-installs-needle-crack-pipe-vending-machines-1.3592670

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
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/8/3/16069204/vaccine-fines-measles-outbreaks-europe-australia

Ontario to cover HIV prevention pill under public health plan
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/hiv-prep-coverage-1.4302184

Babies Should Receive HepB Vaccine Immediately After Birth
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/node/440993

Quebec schools offer free cancer prevention in grade 4
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/quebec-schools-offer-free-cancer-prevention-in-grade-4-645394863.html

Medication News

An Australian coroner says Champix had a role in Timothy John’s death, which occurred after only eight days on the drug
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/15/his-death-still-hurts-the-pfizer-anti-smoking-drug-ruled-to-have-contributed-to-suicide

Nova Scotia government to make abortion pill available for free at pharmacies
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/n-s-government-to-make-abortion-pill-available-for-free-at-pharmacies-1.3601267

Miscellaneous

Allergy alert: Why aren’t life saving injectors everywhere in public?
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/allergy-alert-why-aren-t-life-saving-injectors-everywhere-in-public-1.3594353

University of Saskatchewan security officers add naloxone kits to tool belts
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/naloxone-campus-fentanyl-1.4300592

Saskatchewan Health Authority releases organizational structure, logo
https://globalnews.ca/news/3761731/saskatchewan-health-authority-releases-organizational-structure-logo/

Should Dr. Google screen for depression?
https://ajp.com.au/news/dr-google-screen-depression/

Goop-debunker revels in new attack on Gwyneth Paltrow: 'We don't want the spreading of bunk'
http://nationalpost.com/health/goop-debunker-revels-in-new-attack-on-gwyneth-paltrow-we-dont-want-the-spreading-of-bunk

Practice Change & News

Future impact on community pharmacies
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/forefront/volume-7-issue-16/future-impact-on-community-pharmacies

Pharmacy tackles opioid addictions, mental illness and health issues among Calgary's homeless
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/opioid-addictions-pharmacy-homeless-mustard-seed-1.4270679

Pharmacy 'essential' in atrial fibrilliation screening
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacy-essential-af-screening/

International Developments

Pharmacy Guild of Australia focuses on Mental Health in pharmacies
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/2017/guild-focuses-on-mental-health-in-pharmacies

Execution in Nevada to use powerful opioid fentanyl
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/01/health/execution-nevada-fentanyl-opioid/index.html

How to Protect a Drug Patent? Give it to a Native American Tribe
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/health/allergan-patent-tribe.html?mcubz=1

New professional support tools for all Australian pharmacists
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/new-professional-support-tools-for-all-pharmacists

What’s stopping UK pharmacies doing more to reduce pressure on GPs?
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/06/pharmacies-ease-pressure-nhs-services-councils-using-them-badly

Pharmaceutical companies in Australia gave $12m to doctors, nurses and pharmacists
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/12/pharmaceutical-companies-gave-12m-to-doctors-nurses-and-pharmacists

Walgreens, CDC team up on HIV prevention
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/walgreens-cdc-team-up-on-hiv-prevention/

Robbers bested by sword-wielding pharmacist
https://ajp.com.au/news/robbers-bested-sword-wielding-pharmacist/

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen get £100k funding to improve patient-pharmacist shared decision-making
https://www.pharmacy.biz/news/researchers-get-100k-funding-improve-patient-pharmacist-shared-decision-making/

CVS Unveils New Vending Machines; the new machines will feature of variety of OTC meds and other products
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/node/440902

Retail pharmacy again steps to the plate as the South recovers from the latest hurricane
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/retail-pharmacy-again-steps-plate-south-recovers-latest-hurricane

Pharmacy is becoming corporatised across Australia and similar countries, warns Pharmacy Guild of Australia national president
https://ajp.com.au/news/corporatisation-game-changing-interventions-highlighted/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Health Canada moves to ban non-prescription codeine sales
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/codeine-opiate-prescription-health-canada-juurlink-pharmacists-ban-sales-1.4284013

'A misuse of scarce funds': NHS to end prescription of homeopathic remedies
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jul/21/a-misuse-of-scarce-funds-nhs-to-end-prescription-of-homeopathic-remedies

'A broken system': Why workers are fighting mandatory mail-order drug plans
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/drugs-pharmacies-ppns-1.4250185

Doctors and pharmacists must step up to help women access abortion pill: Editorial
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2017/08/24/doctors-and-pharmacists-must-step-up-to-help-women-access-abortion-pill-editorial.html

Pharmacy fees won't be passed on to patients, say Manitoba pharmacists
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/pharmacy-fees-won-t-be-passed-on-to-patients-say-pharmacists-1.4256244

B.C.’s addictions minister wants to consider decriminalizing drugs
http://globalnews.ca/news/3727924/b-c-s-addictions-minister-wants-to-consider-decriminalizing-drugs/

Quebec to offer overdose-reversal drug naloxone free of charge in pharmacies
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/quebec-to-offer-overdose-reversal-drug-naloxone-free-of-charge-in-pharmacies-1.3589321

Medication News

Medical marijuana can reduce opioid use: study
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/medical-marijuana-can-reduce-opioid-use-study

Man taking alternative health supplements diagnosed with cyanide poisoning
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/man-taking-alternative-health-supplements-diagnosed-with-cyanide-poisoning-1.3585012

U.S. clears first ‘living drug’ in hopes of destroying childhood leukemia
https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2017/08/30/us-clears-first-living-drug-in-hopes-of-destroying-childhood-leukemia.html

Riboflavin: Evolving Clinical Indications
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/vitamins-supplements/riboflavin-evolving-clinical-indications

People who most need prescribed heart disease prevention drugs least likely to get them
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/statins-pharmacare-1.4291315

Miscellaneous

Physical health is important while treating mental illness
https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2017/08/28/physical-health-is-important-while-treating-mental-illness.html

Have Canadian researchers found a way to reverse pot's harmful effects?
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/have-canadian-researchers-found-a-way-to-reverse-pot-s-harmful-effects-1.3587635

Woman gets free fentanyl overdose kit, saves a life five hours later
https://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/7521379-woman-gets-free-fentanyl-overdose-kit-saves-a-life-five-hours-later/

Pharmacists help travellers get on their way safely
http://pharmacyu.ca/2017/07/27/pharmacists-help-travellers-get-on-their-way-safely/

No link between hormone therapy for menopausal women and death rates: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/no-link-between-hormone-therapy-for-menopausal-women-and-death-rates-study-1.3586120

Saskatchewan labour leaders are pushing for a universal pharmacare program in the province
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/labour-day-organizers-call-for-universal-pharma-care-program-1.4274832

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/study-prompts-call-to-examine-flu-vaccine-and-miscarriage-1.3587262

Balancing Act: Dealing with Stress in the Pharmacy
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/balancing-act-dealing-stress-pharmacy

Boston doctor saves professor's life by spotting blood clot symptoms during lecture
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.4283875/boston-doctor-saves-professor-s-life-by-spotting-blood-clot-symptoms-during-lecture-1.4285939

Saskatchewan latest province to help protect boys from cancer with HPV vaccine
http://globalnews.ca/news/3728554/saskatchewan-latest-province-to-help-protect-boys-from-cancer-with-hpv-vaccine/

Is Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop pseudoscience winning?
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/19/15988180/gwyneth-paltrow-goop-jade-egg-debunkers

Overtreatment Is Common, Doctors Say
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/well/live/health-care-overtreatment-doctor-survey.html 

Create stand-alone ministry for mental health, addictions, Ontario NDP urges
https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7556516-create-stand-alone-ministry-for-mental-health-addictions-ontario-ndp-urges/

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