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.

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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