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

Pharmacists Credited for Decline in Hospital-Acquired Conditions
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmacists-credited-decline-hospital-acquired-conditions

Saskatoon woman (who is also a pharmacist) livestreams cancer treatments to help others
http://globalnews.ca/news/3331356/saskatoon-woman-live-streams-chemotherapy-sessions-providing-answers-to-scary-questions/

International Developments

U.S. states clearing the way to allow patients to refuse opioid prescriptions
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/u-s-states-clearing-the-way-to-allow-patients-to-refuse-opioid-prescriptions-1.3331286

Survey: Americans prefer pharmacy over physician when it comes to vaccines
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/survey-americans-prefer-pharmacy-over-physician-when-it-comes-vaccines

When CVS stopped selling cigarettes, some customers quit smoking
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-pharmacies-cigarettes-idUSKBN16R2HY 

Northern Territory (Australia) decriminalises abortion and legalises access to RU486
https://ajp.com.au/news/nt-decriminalises-abortion-legalises-access-ru486/

Pharmacist guilty of racketeering in deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-massachusetts-meningitis-idUSKBN16T1VP

Study Finds Nearly Half a Million Deaths Prevented in the United States by Vaccines
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/study-finds-nearly-half-million-deaths-prevented-united-states-vaccines

CVS, Pitt School of Pharmacy take aim at youth drug abuse
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/cvs-pitt-school-of-pharmacy-take-aim-at-youth-drug-abuse/

93 per cent of Aussies recognise benefits of flu shot in pharmacy
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/2017/93-per-cent-of-aussies-recognise-benefits-of-flu-shot-in-pharmacy

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Drug shortage in 2011 tied to increased deaths
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-drugs-shortages-idUSKBN16S2M3

Early medical abortion "effective and safe": study
https://ajp.com.au/news/early-medical-abortion-effective-safe-study/

Medication News

U.S. FDA approves new add-on drug treatment for Parkinson's
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/u-s-fda-approves-new-add-on-drug-treatment-for-parkinson-s-1.3335489

Coroner warns against daily long-term paracetamol (acetaminophen) use
https://ajp.com.au/news/coroner-warns-daily-long-term-paracetamol-use/

Resistance risk for new TB drugs: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/resistance-risk-for-new-tb-drugs-study-1.3338975

Researchers just uncovered a simple way to help combat the opioid epidemic
http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/3/24/15028562/opioid-epidemic-benzodiazepines-study

Taking the pill can protect women from certain cancers for up to 30 years
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/taking-the-pill-can-protect-women-from-certain-cancers-for-up-to-30-years-1.3337428

Breaking The Cold Chain: New Vaccine Doesn't Need Refrigeration
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tarahaelle/2017/03/23/breaking-the-cold-chain-new-vaccine-doesnt-need-refrigeration/#6e2db5627912

Miscellaneous

Making the most of a mental health prescription
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/workplace-award/making-the-most-of-a-mental-health-prescription/article34263003/ 

Advertising by some Manitoba chiropractors undermines public health, expert says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/advertising-manitoba-chiropractors-1.4030574

‘Sesame Street’ to introduce muppet with autism in April
http://globalnews.ca/news/3321123/sesame-street-to-introduce-muppet-with-autism-in-april/

Pharmasave reaches 600-store milestone
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/pharmasave-reaches-00-store-milestone

March/April issue of Pharmacy Business is now available
http://digitalmedia.pharmacyu.ca/PB2017March/index.html

Busy coffee shops and bank machines top list of ideal spots to place life-saving devices
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/defibrillators-coffee-shops-abms-1.4033142 

Taskforce tackles rural health care inequity
http://cmajnews.com/2017/03/16/taskforce-tackles-rural-health-care-inequity-cmaj-109-5407/

5 Services You Didn't Know Pharmacists Offered
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/victor-wong/5-pharmacy-services_b_15492552.html

Doctors harvesting organs from Canadian patients who underwent medically assisted death
http://news.nationalpost.com/health/doctors-harvesting-organs-from-canadian-patients-who-underwent-medically-assisted-death?__lsa=0658-083a

Practice Change & News

Emotional reunion as family thanks pharmacist who saved relative's life
http://www.citynews.ca/2017/03/13/emotional-reunion-family-thanks-pharmacist-saved-relatives-life/

Your new role in the battle against depression; pharmacists have a role for those who are fighting depression
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/your-new-role-battle-against-depression 

Pharmacists can be valuable resource for managing chronic disease
http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/ctv-news-at-5/pharmacists-can-be-valuable-resource-for-managing-chronic-disease-1.3323152

International Developments

An Australian pilot program aimed at examining the benefits of pharmacists in GP practices has been extended following initial success
https://ajp.com.au/news/non-dispensing-pharmacist-pilot-extended/

Prescriptions for painkillers brought about the explosion in heroin use in America's suburbs
http://www.businessinsider.com/heroin-drug-overdoses-prescription-painkillers-opioids-suburbs-2017-3

Australian government to ditch religious exemption for vaccination; medical grounds will be the only exemption for child vaccinations under the government’s No Jab, no Pay policy
https://ajp.com.au/news/govt-ditch-religious-exemption-vaccination/

Trial concluding for pharmacist charged in deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-massachusetts-meningitis-idUSKBN16N15H

Uni training gaps threaten pharmacy expansion in Australia
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/uni-training-gaps-threaten-pharmacy-expansion

CVS to launch Reduced Rx savings program
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/cvs-to-launch-reduced-rx-savings-program/

Australian doctor calls for the pill to be down-scheduled
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/doctor-calls-for-the-pill-to-be-down-scheduled

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

More meds, more problems: Pharmacy program aims to trim patient prescriptions
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/deprescribing-mun-pharmacy-research-seniors-1.4013393

BC and Alberta pharmacists petition federal government to take ‘gateway drug’ codeine off the shelf in midst of fentanyl crisis
http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2017/03/15/codeine-products-should-be-prescription-only-pharmacists.html

Public reporting of drug shortages and discontinuances by industry now mandatory in Canada
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/public-reporting-of-drug-shortages-and-discontinuances-by-industry-now-mandatory-616146644.html

Victoria researchers, pharmacists working to improve fentanyl testing
http://globalnews.ca/news/3295015/victoria-researchers-pharmacists-working-to-improve-fentanyl-testing/

Toronto Public Health calls for prescription heroin for addicts, free naloxone kits
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/tph-overdose-plan-1.4022524 

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer: Pharmacists Help Address the Opioid Public Health Crisis in Canada
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2017/03/statement_from_thechiefpublichealthofficerpharmacistshelpaddress.html

Medication News

NSAIDS should be pharmacy-only: study
https://ajp.com.au/news/nsaids-pharmacy-study/

Promising new cholesterol medicine raises drug cost questions
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/promising-new-cholesterol-medicine-raises-drug-cost-questions-1.3329238

An 'essential medicines' list could ensure all Canadians have access to the drugs they need
http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/essential-medicines-1.4028517

Opioid dependence can start within just a few days
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/opioid-painkiller-addiction-dependence-can-start-in-days/

Miscellaneous

Move to one pharmacy upsets Saskatoon Home Care client
http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/move-to-one-pharmacy-upsets-home-care-client-1.3320664

The evolution of pharmacists
http://globalnews.ca/video/3303559/the-evolution-of-pharmacists

How to administer naloxone in case of opioid overdose
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/how-to-administer-naloxone-doses-1.4019291

Cystic fibrosis patients in Canada living 10 years longer on average than those in U.S.: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/cystic-fibrosis-patients-in-canada-living-longer-than-those-in-u-s-study-1.3323177

Dandy the trauma dog makes victims of tragedy feel better, 1 cuddle at a time; this golden lab practically forces people to cuddle her, for their own good
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/dandy-the-trauma-dog-makes-victims-of-tragedy-feel-better-1-cuddle-at-a-time-1.4026155

Type 2 diabetes can be cured in four months — if you cut calories and exercise, research shows
http://news.nationalpost.com/health/type-2-diabetes-can-be-cured-in-four-months-if-you-cut-calories-and-exercise-research-shows?__lsa=c1f3-c318

On-the-spot DNA test brings personalised health
https://ajp.com.au/news/spot-dna-test-brings-personalised-health-app/

Using med reviews to build trust and prevent adherence issues
http://pharmacyu.ca/2017/03/15/using-med-reviews-to-build-trust-and-prevent-adherence-issues/

Practice Change & News

More and more Canadians say pharmacists play essential role in Canada's health care system
http://www.pharmacists.ca/news-events/news/more-and-more-canadians-say-pharmacists-play-essential-role-in-canada-s-health-care-system/

What goes on behind the counter?
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/opinion/2017/3/8/guest-opinion--what-goes-on-behind-the-counter--.html

International Developments

The role of pharmacists should be overhauled, taking the heat off GPs in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/role-pharmacists-overhauled-taking-heat-off-gps/

Australian drugs cost 3.7 times more than global benchmark, says report
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/mar/06/australian-drugs-cost-up-to-37-times-than-international-prices-says-report

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

$1 billion in savings for Canadians with simple switch from prescription to over-the-counter for heartburn meds, erectile dysfunction meds and birth control pills says new Conference Board of Canada study
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/1-billion-in-savings-for-canadians-with-a-simple-switch-from-prescription-to-over-the-counter-for-heartburn-meds-erectile-dysfunction-meds-and-birth-control-pills-says-new-conference-board-of-canada-study-615760594.html

Medical marijuana can be effective. But smoking it isn’t and could harm your health, experts warn
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/medical-marijuana-is-effective-but-smoking-it-isnt-and-could-harm-your-health-experts-warn

Patients with mental health issues much more likely to reject drug treatment alone vs. psychotherapy alone
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/new-research-finds-patients-likely-reject-pharmacotherapy

Doctors, pharmacists push back on medical abortion rules
http://cmajnews.com/2017/03/09/doctors-pharmacists-push-back-on-medical-abortion-rules-109-5406/

Unintentional self-poisoning more common in older people
https://ajp.com.au/news/unintentional-self-poisoning-common-older-people/

People on treatment with suppressed HIV levels can't transmit virus: HIV/AIDS group
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-hiv-transmission-idUSKBN16G03N

Medication News

Abortion pill Mifegymiso starts to arrive in Saskatchewan
http://globalnews.ca/news/3291520/abortion-pill-mifegymiso-starts-to-arrive-in-saskatchewan/

Hormone replacement therapy linked to longer life for post-menopausal women
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/hormone-replacement-therapy-linked-to-longer-life-for-post-menopausal-women-1.3316368

Buckley's maker voluntarily recalls 6 syrups over potential choking hazard
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/buckley-s-maker-voluntarily-recalls-6-syrups-over-potential-choking-hazard-1.3318663

Miscellaneous

Report makes economic, political case for dedicated mental health funding
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/report-makes-economic-political-case-for-dedicated-mental-health-funding-1.3313949

Manitoba pharmacy delivers prescriptions by snowmobile during blizzard
http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/manitoba-pharmacy-delivers-prescriptions-by-snowmobile-during-blizzard-1.3315913

Alberta stroke treatment now among fastest in world, Alberta Health Services says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/stroke-treatment-alberta-health-1.4012143

I’m vaccinated but I still got the mumps? Answering 7 common questions about mumps
http://globalnews.ca/news/3292901/mumps-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions/

Canadian and US researchers swap ideas, bust myths
http://cmajnews.com/2017/03/07/canadian-and-us-researchers-swap-ideas-bust-myths-cmaj-109-5404/ 

Liberal backbenchers vote against Trudeau, pass law banning genetic discrimination
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/liberal-backbenchers-vote-against-trudeau-pass-law-banning-genetic-discrimination

'Scientific quackery': UBC study says it's debunked controversial MS procedure
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/multiple-sclerosis-liberation-therapy-clinical-trial-1.4014494

What surgery patients need to know about opioids
http://healthydebate.ca/personal-health-navigator/surgery-patients-need-know-opioids

Practice Change & News

Ottawa pharmacy gives out 150 naloxone kits over 2 days after parent meeting
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/naloxone-opioids-overdose-fentanyl-kanata-1.3999154

Pharmacists say check with us first about medication side effects
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/heartburn-medication-ppi-pharmacists-1.4002055 

Alberta pharmacists prescribe more than drugs; health officials
http://www.highrivertimes.com/2017/02/28/pharmacists-prescribe-more-than-drugs-health-officials 

International Developments

New resources help pharmacists to deliver vaccinations in Australia
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/new-resources-help-pharmacists-to-deliver-vaccinations 

UK pharma firms accused of illegal deals to hike price of life-saving drug
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/03/uk-pharma-firms-accused-of-illegal-deals-to-hike-price-of-life-saving-drug 

Walmart Pharmacy US Adds Express Lanes to Its App
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/walmart-pharmacy-adds-express-lanes-its-app 

As H.I.V. Soars in Philippines, Conservatives Kill School Condom Plan
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/world/asia/as-hiv-soars-in-philippines-conservatives-kill-school-condom-plan.html

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

How to talk to your kids about drug abuse, from a mom and pharmacist
http://ottawastart.com/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-drug-abuse-from-a-mom-and-pharmacist/

Confusion, delays continue for abortion pill in Canada
https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2017/02/27/confusion-delays-continue-for-abortion-pill-in-canada.html 

Universal public coverage of essential drugs would improve health care, research suggests
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/essential-medicine-health-canada-1.3998964

Why are doctors overprescribing opioids for Indigenous patients?
http://tvo.org/article/current-affairs/shared-values/why-are-doctors-overprescribing-opioids-for-indigenous-patients

If we want to save people from opioid overdoses, a new study shows naloxone works
http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/27/14749646/naloxone-study-opioid-epidemic

Canada gives $20-million to replace Trump’s contraception cuts
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/canada-gives-20-million-to-replace-trumps-contraception-cuts/article34187584/

How prescription heroin worked when nothing else would for Bridgewater, Nova Scotia woman
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/how-prescription-heroin-worked-when-nothing-else-would-for-bridgewater-woman-1.4007137

Buying medications online 'can put health at risk'
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39134061

Medication News

Patients report choosing marijuana over opioids for pain: study
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/patients-report-choosing-marijuana-over-opioids-for-pain-study/article34156817/

Herbal medications risky in heart disease
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-heartdisease-herbal-safety-idUSKBN169282 

Miscellaneous

Coming soon to a pharmacy near you: CanniMed signs deal with PharmaChoice to distribute medical marijuana — when it’s legal
http://business.financialpost.com/news/agriculture/coming-soon-to-a-pharmacy-near-you-cannimed-signs-deals-with-pharmachoice-to-sell-medical-marijuana-when-its-legal

Top Saskatchewan health region officials offered voluntary separation packages
http://globalnews.ca/news/3277182/top-saskatchewan-health-region-officials-being-offered-voluntary-buyouts/

Ontario government plans to authorize RNs to prescribe medications independently and NPs to prescribe controlled substances
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/nurses-look-forward-to-expanded-scope-after-announcements-at-queens-park-614731554.html

Canadian dogs sniffing out cancer in U.S. firefighters
http://globalnews.ca/news/3271252/canadian-dogs-sniffing-out-cancer-in-u-s-firefighters/

Rexall Celebrates Pharmacist Awareness Month with Launch of #MyRexallPharmacist
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/rexall-celebrates-pharmacist-awareness-month-with-launch-of-myrexallpharmacist-615108504.html

Social media key to connecting with Gen Z, but so is brick-and-mortar
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/social-media-key-connect-gen-z-so-brick-and-mortar 

Patients prefer prescribed cannabis to opioids
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/patients-prefer-prescribed-cannabis-to-opioids

Gas sniffing and lead poisoning may be causing indigenous suicides across generations: Toronto researchers
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/gas-sniffing-and-lead-poisoning-may-be-causing-indigenous-suicides-across-generations-toronto-researchers

Practice Change & News

Pharmacogenomic testing to be available in Canadian pharmacies
http://www.benefitscanada.com/benefits/health-benefits/pharmacogenomic-testing-to-be-available-in-pharmacies-across-canada-93665

International Developments

Illinois House bill aims to increase pharmacy safety, draws fire
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/druginteractions/ct-drug-interactions-flowers-pharmacy-20170207-story.html

Georgia bill would require new ADHD prescriptions every 5 days
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/08/health/adhd-opioid-prescription-bill-georgia/

A nine-year-old UK girl was accidentally given methadone by a pharmacist instead of antibiotics for an infection
http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/11/pharmacist-gives-9-year-old-class-a-drug-instead-of-antibiotics-6441538/ 

Revised Code of Ethics released for pharmacists in Australia
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/revised-code-of-ethics-released-for-pharmacists-in-australia 

Three innovations that are boosting New Zealand pharmacy
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/three-innovations-that-are-boosting-nz-pharmacy-1 

'Made in the USA' lawsuit against CVS Health is dismissed
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cvs-health-lawsuit-madeintheusa-idUSKBN15T23P

Theresa May: Funding cuts will make UK pharmacy more efficient
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/theresa-may-funding-cuts-will-make-pharmacy-more-efficient

Pharmacist appointed to Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/pharmacist-appointed-to-medicinal-cannabis-advisory-council

Women in New Zealand will now be able to buy some oral contraceptives over the counter
https://ajp.com.au/news/nz-pill-downschedule-good-news-women-pharmacy/

EpiPen alternative by Kaléo to hit US market at more than seven times the price
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/feb/13/kaleo-epipen-maker-alternative-drug-pharmaceutical

Texas Pharmacy Association eyes better adherence via referral system
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/texas-pharmacy-association-eyes-better-adherence-via-referral-system/

Profit over patients? Looking deeper into Australian pharmacy CV checks
https://ajp.com.au/news/profit-patients-looking-deeper-pharmacy-cv-checks/ 

The Pharmacies Thriving in Kentucky's Opioid-Stricken Towns
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/02/kentucky-opioids/515775/

The Australian Consumers Health Forum says pharmacists are jeopardising their authority as health professionals by promoting unproven complementary medicines
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacists-undermining-authority-chf/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Many prescription opioid addicts engage in 'doctor shopping' before overdose deaths
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/opioid-doctor-shopping-1.3977349

Health Canada approves three supervised consumption sites for Montreal
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/federal-government-approves-three-supervised-injection-sites-in-montreal/article33914459/

Health Canada to spot check medical marijuana after tainted pot recall
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/medical-marijuana-cannabis-health-canada-random-testing-1.3971601

Purdue seeks rule that would give it edge in Canadian painkiller market
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-drugs-lobby-idUSKBN15P0HC

China carfentanil ban a 'game-changer' for opioid epidemic
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/china-carfentanil-ban-a-game-changer-for-opioid-epidemic-1.3287761

Experts blame feds for pharma corruption
http://cmajnews.com/2017/02/06/experts-blame-feds-for-pharma-corruption-cmaj-109-5384/

Cost of skin creams and ointments may depend on who gives prescription
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-drugcost-specialists-idUSKBN15T2JI

Can We Engage Private Pharmacies To Help Control Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2017/02/13/can-we-engage-private-pharmacies-to-help-control-drug-resistant-tuberculosis/#deccfdb19d6c

Ottawa police, public health issue warning about fake prescription meds
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/counterfeit-pills-ottawa-overdoses-fentanyl-1.3981058?cmp=rss

B.C. investigating 'unusual' activity in PharmaNet system
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/b-c-investigating-unusual-activity-in-pharmanet-system-1.3287919

Europe ready to embrace first copies of biotech cancer drugs
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-pharmaceuticals-biosimilars-idUSKBN15U13E

Real-time information required to stop prescription fraud: health officials
http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2017/02/16/opioid-prescription-fraud-alberta-health-college-pharmacists.html

Medication News

Ketamine offers new hope for patients with severe depression
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/ketamine-offers-new-hope-for-patients-with-severe-depression/article34050469/

Some topical pain relievers containing menthol may cause burns: Health Canada
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/some-topical-pain-relievers-containing-menthol-may-cause-burns-health-canada-1.3283513

Vitamin D pills 'could stop colds or flu'
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38988982

Miscellaneous

Chronic back pain? New guidelines call for exercise, heat pads — painkillers a last resort
http://globalnews.ca/news/3248465/chronic-back-pain-new-guidelines-call-for-exercise-heat-pads-with-painkillers-as-last-resort/

B.C. methadone patients pen guide for users of opioid-substitution program
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/b-c-methadone-patients-pen-guide-for-users-of-opioid-substitution-program-1.3286115

First Nations forum focuses on ‘Know Your Status’ program success to combat HIV
http://globalnews.ca/news/3247047/first-nations-forum-focuses-on-know-your-status-program-success-to-combat-hiv/

Autism detectable in brain long before symptoms appear
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38955872

How to Deal with an Angry Customer
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/how-deal-angry-customer 

Is it safe to rinse your sinuses with a neti pot?
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-it-safe-to-rinse-your-sinuses-with-a-neti-pot/

Practice Change & News

Personalised information drives more people to quit
https://ajp.com.au/news/personalised-health-risk-info-drives-supported-quit-attempts/ 

Pharmacist-led care in general practice can have benefits, says report
https://www.pharmacy.biz/news/pharmacist-led-care-general-practice-can-benefits-says-report/ 

Impact of pharmacist administration of influenza vaccines on uptake in Canada
http://www.cmaj.ca/content/189/4/E146.full.pdf

International Developments

Australian pharmacies offer omega-3 finger-prick tests
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/australian-pharmacies-offer-omega-3-finger-prick-t 

Drugs firms are accused of putting cancer patients at risk over UK price hikes
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/28/nhs-drug-firms-cancer-patients-at-risk-prices-inflated 

Google launches ‘Health Cards’ in Australia to help internet users diagnose themselves
http://www.couriermail.com.au/technology/google-launches-health-cards-in-australia-to-help-internet-users-diagnose-themselves/news-story/2111d31b1f698c24c45acbf65efdfa7b

Parliamentary group calls for Boots (UK) branches to host GPs
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/parliamentary-group-calls-boots-branches-host-gps

Informative new emergency contraception guide for Australian pharmacists
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/informative-new-emergency-contraception-guide-for-pharmacists

Pew Research: Vast majority of Americans support vaccination mandates
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/pew-research-vast-majority-americans-support-vaccination-mandates

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Canada needs a strategy to improve drug safety for seniors
http://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/7092763-canada-needs-a-strategy-to-improve-drug-safety-for-seniors/

Costs are a factor in filling prescriptions for older Canadians: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/costs-are-a-factor-in-filling-prescriptions-for-older-canadians-study-1.3266713

Proposed opioid prescribing guidelines meet backlash
http://cmajnews.com/2017/01/31/proposed-opioid-prescribing-guidelines-meet-backlash-109-5393/

FDA warns against use of homeopathic teething products
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-healthcare-teething-fda-idUSKBN15B2D0

Human rights board says Nova Scotia man's medical marijuana must be insured
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/human-rights-board-says-nova-scotia-man-s-medical-marijuana-must-be-insured-1.3269389 

A man who stole methadone from a Tasmanian pharmacy was seen swigging from the bottle, then found passed out nearby
https://ajp.com.au/news/man-steals-methadone-passes/

Medication News

Researchers find anti-gout drug that lessens pain of opioid withdrawal in mice
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/researchers-find-anti-gout-drug-that-lessens-pain-of-opioid-withdrawal-in-mice-1.3263434

Malaria drugs fail for first time on patients in UK
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38796337

Taking anti-inflammatories during cold or flu may boost heart attack risk
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/nsaids-flu-heart-1.3964438

Patients Are Ditching Opioid Pills for Weed
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/02/marijuana-cannabinoids-opioids/515358/

Miscellaneous

Study finds culturally unsafe health care for Indigenous patients
https://www.sudbury.com/around-the-north/study-finds-culturally-unsafe-health-care-for-indigenous-patients-523986 

Less than half of B.C. doctors thoroughly check patients' prescription history, says researcher
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-doctors-pharmanet-1.3963918 

About a dozen Quebec nurses suspended for stealing fentanyl over last decade
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/about-a-dozen-quebec-nurses-suspended-for-stealing-fentanyl-over-last-decade-1.3262184 

Four ways Canadians can save money on prescription meds
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/household-finances/four-ways-canadians-can-save-money-on-prescription-meds/article33825086/

Nursing test could set up Canadian nurses to be lured to U.S.; national nursing students' association says test ignores many Canadian nursing techniques
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nursing-test-canadian-students-american-jobs-1.3958712

Whole Health Pharmacy Partners and #SickNotWeak Launch New Partnership to Better Serve Mental Health Needs Through Pharmacies
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/whole-health-pharmacy-partners-and-sicknotweak-launch-new-partnership-to-better-serve-mental-health-needs-through-pharmacies-611191915.html

Sudden death warning over faulty heart gene
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38809532

Practice Change & News

E-prescribing could help cut down on pharmacist errors: Canadian Pharmacists Association
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/e-prescribing-cut-down-pharmacist-errors-association-1.3949136

Why consumers trust pharmacists
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/why-consumers-trust-pharmacists

International Developments

Costco Wholesale (US) to Pay $11.75 Million to Settle Allegations of Lax Pharmacy Controls
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/costco-wholesale-pay-1175-million-settle-allegations-lax-pharmacy-controls

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Charges dropped against Ontario pharmacist: 'It wrecked five years of my life'
http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/charges-dropped-against-pharmacist-it-wrecked-five-years-of-my-life

Northwest Territories pharmacist gave man medication 10 times the correct dosage
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/shoppers-pharmacy-presecription-compensation-1.3946177 

Vancouver clients sing praises of only North American clinic to offer medical heroin
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/vancouver-clients-sing-praises-of-only-north-american-clinic-to-offer-medical-heroin-1.3257763 

Finding Time to Counsel Patients: Make It the Priority
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/finding-time-counsel-patients-make-it-priority

Medication News

Mandatory warning stickers on opioid prescription bottles to come
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/opioid-warning-stickers-1.3947878

'Biggest breakthrough since antidepressants' is turning lives around in Ottawa
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/biggest-breakthrough-since-antidepressants-is-turning-lives-around-in-ottawa

Long-awaited abortion pill Mifegymiso makes Canadian debut
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/long-awaited-abortion-pill-mifegymiso-rolls-out-in-canada/article33695167/

Health Canada expands warning for some antibiotics (fluoroquinolones)
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/reviews-examens/fluoroquinolones2-eng.php

Radioactive cancer-killing ‘smart’ drugs being developed at University of Saskatchewan
http://globalnews.ca/news/3198443/radioactive-cancer-killing-smart-drugs-being-developed-at-university-of-saskatchewan/

Medical journal withdraws recommendation of morning sickness pill
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/01/26/medical-journal-withdraws-recommendation-of-morning-sickness-pill.html

Miscellaneous

Calgary mom found guilty in death of sick son after giving him herbal remedies
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/tamara-lovett-ryan-failing-provide-necessaries-trial-decision-1.3947694

St. John Ambulance integrates mental health into First Aid courses with Bell Let's Talk support
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/st-john-ambulance-integrates-mental-health-into-first-aid-courses-with-bell-lets-talk-support-611522345.html

How You Can Help Prevent Opioid Abuse
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/how-you-can-help-prevent-opioid-abuse

As much as 20% of Newfoundland health budget inappropriately spent
http://cmajnews.com/2017/01/23/as-much-as-20-of-newfoundland-health-budget-inappropriately-spent-cmaj-109-5386/

Bell Let's Talk Day 2017 is one for the record books with 131,705,010 total messages of support - and $6,585,250.50 more funding for Canadian mental health
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/bell-lets-talk-day-2017-is-one-for-the-record-books-with-131705010-total-messages-of-support---and-658525050-more-funding-for-canadian-mental-health-611854625.html

On Experiencing The Failure Of A Billion-Dollar Clinical Program
http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnlamattina/2017/01/24/on-experiencing-the-failure-of-a-billion-dollar-clinical-program/#2883c3852a83

Ontario medical regulator wins appeal against own committee's penalty on doctor
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ontario-medical-regulator-wins-appeal-against-own-committee-s-penalty-on-doctor-1.3258628

New $8.4M multiple sclerosis research chair announced at the University of Saskatchewan
http://globalnews.ca/news/3208475/new-8-4m-multiple-sclerosis-research-chair-announced-at-the-u-of-s/

Mindfulness Meditation May Help Treat Anxiety Disorders
http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2017/01/26/mindfulness-meditation-may-help-treat-anxiety-disorders/#5b4b8f38111d

Practice Change & News

Hospital pharmacists reduce med errors by 50%
https://ajp.com.au/news/hospital-pharmacists-reduce-meds-errors-50/

Alzheimer's Disease: Untapped Potential for Pharmacy
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/alzheimers-disease-untapped-potential-pharmacy

International Developments

Australian Medical Association: We support pharmacist chronic disease trial
https://ajp.com.au/news/ama-support-pharmacist-chronic-disease-trial/

US chain ShopRite offers free health-and-wellness offerings
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/shoprite-offers-free-health-and-wellness-offerings

Australian pharmacists can deliver efficient, quality healthcare solutions
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/pharmacists-can-deliver-efficient-quality-healthcare-solutions

US Medical School Curriculum Shifts To Value-Based Care
http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2017/01/19/medical-school-curriculum-shifts-to-value-based-care/#5719ff447afc 

Oral contraceptives may soon be available over the counter in New Zealand
https://ajp.com.au/news/ocp-likely-otc-new-zealand/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Pharma-backed trial more likely to OK a drug: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/pharma-backed-trial-more-likely-to-ok-a-drug-study-1.3246420

What's the remedy for Canada’s high drug prices?
https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/whats-the-remedy-for-canadas-high-drug-prices-122659161.html

Stimulant boosts function in patients recovering from depression
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-depression-idUSKBN151004

Drug overdose among the top 10 causes of death in B.C.
http://globalnews.ca/news/3190108/drug-overdose-among-the-top-10-causes-of-death-in-bc/

'Not the norm': Newfoundland and Labrador pharmacy group reacts to claim some drug users denied clean needles; Advocate says some drugstore operators are exercising 'moral judgement'
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/pharmacy-clean-needles-addicts-1.3943451

Quebec doctors to stop providing vaccinations because of ban on accessory fees
http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/doctors-to-stop-providing-vaccinations-because-of-ban-on-accessory-fees-1.3248822

Medication News

Antibiotic overprescribing a growing problem
http://cmajnews.com/2017/01/17/antibiotic-overprescribing-a-growing-problem-cmaj-109-5383/

Health Canada advises that the drug hCG is not authorized or proven effective for weight loss
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/information-update---health-canada-advises-that-the-drug-hcg-is-not-authorized-or-proven-effective-for-weight-loss-611237955.html

Too many children with ADHD are taking anti-psychotic drugs: Canadian study
http://globalnews.ca/news/3189006/too-many-children-with-adhd-are-taking-anti-psychotic-drugs-canadian-study/

Miscellaneous

Saskatchewan and federal government reach deal on health care
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/saskatchewan-health-care-mris-1.3939611

How To Grow Your Pharmacy Business In A Shrinking Industry
http://www.forbes.com/sites/garrettgunderson/2017/01/11/how-to-grow-your-business-in-a-shrinking-industry/#377b1b632063

A third of adults treated for asthma don't actually have airway disorder: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/a-third-of-adults-treated-for-asthma-don-t-actually-have-airway-disorder-study-1.3244509

1 in 4 U.S. men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections. Here’s why
http://globalnews.ca/news/3191896/1-in-4-us-men-have-cancer-linked-hpv-genital-infections-heres-why/

Ottawa to continue MRI discussions with Saskatchewan
http://globalnews.ca/news/3190233/ottawa-to-continue-mri-discussions-with-saskatchewan/

'Three-parent' baby born in Ukraine using new technique
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/three-parent-baby-born-in-ukraine-using-new-technique-1.3248432

Good Day Pharmacy offers Safe Rx locking vials
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/good-day-pharmacy-offers-safe-rx-locking-vials/

Vaccine coalition aims to outpace epidemics
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/vaccines-cepi-1.3944485

Doctors overestimate benefits and underestimate harms
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/doctors-overestimate-benefits-and-underestimate-ha

Donors and Drug Makers Offer $500 Million to Control Global Epidemics
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/health/partnership-epidemic-preparedness.html

Practice Change & News

A Swedish pharmacy made a billboard that starts coughing whenever a smoker is near
http://nordic.businessinsider.com/a-swedish-pharmacy-made-a-billboard-that-starts-coughing-whenever-a-smoker-is-near--to-help-people-quit-2017-1/

How 4 pills and a pharmacist's error took the life of a vibrant grandmother
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/bernice-bond-alexandra-willson-samantha-rumley-prescription-overdose-1.3933189 

International Developments

Australian pharmacist struck off for supplying counterfeit drugs
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacist-struck-off-supplying-counterfeit-drugs/

US Survey: More millennials turning to retail clinics for their health needs
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/survey-more-millennials-turning-retail-clinics-their-health-needs

Specialty Pharmacies in the US Say Benefit Managers Are Squeezing Them Out
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/09/business/specialty-pharmacies-say-benefit-managers-are-squeezing-them-out.html

N.Y. governor clamps down on drug pricing
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/n-y-governor-clamps-down-on-drug-pricing/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

How a little-known patent sparked Canada’s opioid crisis
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/investigations/oxycontin/article33448409/

How fentanyl turned an ER doctor into an addict
http://www.macleans.ca/society/how-fentanyl-turned-an-er-doctor-into-an-addict/

Billions wasted on drug spending in Canada, research shows
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/drug-costs-canada-1.3927989

Shoppers Drug Mart gave Jean Marris the wrong medication — the result could have been dangerous
http://globalnews.ca/news/3177148/shoppers-drug-mart-gave-jean-marris-the-wrong-medication-the-result-could-have-been-dangerous/

What is the government doing to tackle the fentanyl crisis?
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/what-is-the-government-doing-to-tackle-the-fentanyl-crisis-1.3234459

'The need is not there' to fund overdose antidote: New Brunswick health minister
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/naloxone-not-needed-1.3928208

Medication News

Why world-beating tropical drugs are so hard to get in Canada
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/why-world-beating-tropical-drugs-are-so-hard-to-get-incanada/article33469954/

Antidepressants may be doubling risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, study suggests
http://news.nationalpost.com/health/antidepressants-may-be-doubling-risk-of-alzheimers-and-other-dementias-study-suggests?__lsa=2692-502c 

Cannabis can relieve pain, but carries risks: U.S. report
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/cannabis-can-relieve-pain-but-carries-risks-u-s-report-1.3239888

No new antidepressants likely in next decade, say scientists
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/11/no-new-antidepressants-likely-next-decade-say-scientists

Miscellaneous

Expect a slow uptake of naloxone at pharmacies, chief medical officer says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/naloxone-availability-ottawa-isra-levy-1.3919017

Studies find worrying over- and underuse of medicine worldwide
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-care-idUSKBN14S0Y4

No more fillings: Drug given to treat Alzheimer’s patients also helps repair cavities, regrow teeth
http://news.nationalpost.com/health/no-more-fillings-drug-given-to-treat-alzheimers-patients-also-helps-repair-cavities-regrow-teeth?__lsa=2692-502c

Unvaccinated infants impacted by whooping cough outbreak in southern Manitoba
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/whooping-cough-outbreak-southern-manitoba-1.3930288

Saskatoon firefighters equipped to deal with fentanyl overdoses
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/saskatoon-firefighters-equipped-to-deal-with-fentanyl-overdoses-1.3238606

If you want to help people with breast cancer, ‘share photos like this one’
http://globalnews.ca/news/3178731/know-your-lemons-breast-cancer/

Pharmacies key to weight loss success
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacies-key-weight-loss-success/

Practice Change & News

Pharmacies in the Chicago area miss more than half of dangerous drug combinations
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/druginteractions/ct-drug-interactions-pharmacy-met-20161214-story.html

McKesson to sell 28 stores to win approval for Rexall takeover
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/rexall-mckesson-competition-bureau-1.3896345

International Developments

2016 U.S. Pharmacy Study - Customer Satisfaction Remains High as Pharmacy Services, Delivery Methods Evolve
http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/jd-power-2016-us-pharmacy-study

Career Pathways helps Australian pharmacists navigate ‘rewarding careers’
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/career-pathways-helps-pharmacists-navigate-rewarding-careers

Walgreens Balance Rewards used in study of real-world health tracking behaviors
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/walgreens-balance-rewards-used-study-real-world-health-tracking-behaviors

U.S. states sue Mylan, Teva, others for fixing drug prices
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-drugpricing-idUSKBN14420C

Actavis UK raised drug prices 12,000 percent, watchdog finds
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-allergan-prices-idUSKBN1451C9?il=0

CVS Health to Wall Street: ‘We own the last mile of care’
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/cvs-health-wall-street-we-own-last-mile-care

Nurofen maker's fine for misleading Australian consumers increased from $1.7m to $6m
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/dec/16/nurofen-makers-fine-for-misleading-consumers-increased-from-17m-to-6m

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Canadian pharmacists pleased Marijuana Task Force recommends continued access to medical cannabis
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/canadian-pharmacists-pleased-marijuana-task-force-recommends-continued-access-to-medical-cannabis-606367676.html

Quebec doctors, pharmacists call for tracking of opioid prescriptions
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-opioid-monitoring-perscriptions-1.3894770

The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada applauds the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/the-neighbourhood-pharmacy-association-of-canada-applauds-the-task-force-on-marijuana-legalization-and-regulation-606384646.html

How free coupons for patients help drugmakers hike prices by 1,000%
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-prescription-drug-coupons-20161204-story.html 

Methadone or job? Halifax woman says she was given impossible choice
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-methadone-dartmouth-clinic-withdrawal-opioids-1.3897693

Medication News

10 key points: deprescribing
https://ajp.com.au/news/10-key-points-deprescribing/

Drugmakers push profitable, but unproven, opioid solution
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/drugmakers-push-profitable-but-unproven-opioid-solution-1.3204545

One in eight patients gets wrong dose of anticoagulant
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/one-in-eight-patients-gets-wrong-dose-of-anticoagu

Miscellaneous

Feds plan more injection sites, crackdown on fentanyl shipments
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/feds-plan-more-injection-sites-crackdown-on-fentanyl-shipments-1.3199481

Saskatoon comes out on top in new healthy cities ranking
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/cities-health-1.3893312

Legalized marijuana plan gets cautious thumbs up from the Canadian Medical Association
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/legalized-marijuana-plan-gets-cautious-thumbs-up-from-the-canadian-medical-association-1.3202226

First Nations adult cancer survival shows major gap
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/first-nations-cancer-1.3894943

Man wearing fake beard, Santa hat accused of robbing pharmacy
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/man-wearing-fake-beard-santa-hat-accused-of-robbing-pharmacy-1.3193677 

'Gender-biased infections' may exist
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38304071

November/December issue of Pharmacy Business is now available
http://digitalmedia.pharmacyu.ca/PB2016November/index.html

Alan Thicke death: Heart attacks 'quite common' in seemingly healthy people
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/alan-thicke-death-heart-attacks-quite-common-in-seemingly-healthy-people-1.3203087

New food labels designed to make comparing serving sizes easier, Health Canada says
http://globalnews.ca/news/3126868/new-food-labels-designed-to-make-comparing-serving-sizes-easier-health-canada-says/

 

 

Practice Change & News

Convenience, at a cost? Pharmacies offering tests and treatment for strep, flu
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/convenience-at-a-cost-pharmacies-offering-tests-and-treatment-for-strep-flu-1.3187911

Illinois pharmacists to make house calls
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/illinois-pharmacists-make-house-calls

Pharmacists as good as doctors at prescribing: Cochrane Review
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacists-good-doctors-prescribing-cochrane-review/ 

Toronto board of health wants feds to allow pharmacies to sell pot
http://ipolitics.ca/2016/12/07/toronto-board-of-health-wants-feds-to-allow-pharmacies-to-sell-pot/

International Developments

Do female pharmacists face an unfair glass ceiling in Australia?
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/do-female-pharmacists-face-an-unfair-glass-ceiling

Are states going too far with painkiller script limits?
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/are-states-going-too-far-painkiller-script-limits

Life expectancy in the US has dropped for the first time in decades
http://www.vox.com/2016/12/8/13875150/life-expectancy-us-dropped-first-time-decade

Around 60 generic medicines have been granted price increases in Australia this month
https://ajp.com.au/news/generics-granted-price-increases/

Drug chains tout discounts, convenience with flu vaccinations
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/rite-aid-cvs-offer-flu-shot-incentives/

U.S. doctors still overprescribing drugs
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/doctors-still-overprescribing-drugs-antibiotics/

The fit pharmacist taking social media by storm in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/fit-pharmacist-taking-social-media-storm/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Britain fines Pfizer record $107 million for huge drug price hike
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pfizer-britain-fine-idUSKBN13W0VT

12 faith-based Saskatoon facilities can opt out of physician-assisted dying
http://globalnews.ca/news/3114655/12-faith-based-saskatoon-facilities-can-opt-out-of-physician-assisted-dying/

What you need to know about a universal prescription drug plan in Canada
http://globalnews.ca/news/3109134/what-you-need-to-know-about-a-universal-prescription-drug-plan/ 

Bristol-Meyers Squibb to pay $19.5 million to settle off-label promotion case in the US
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bristol-myers-settlement-idUSKBN13X20I

6 ex-pharma executives arrested in U.S. in fentanyl bribe case
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/fentanyl-bribery-1.3887631

London Drugs 'ready' to dispense medical marijuana; vice-president John Tse says their pharmacists have been training for months
http://www.tricitynews.com/news/london-drugs-ready-to-dispense-medical-marijuana-1.4078520

New Brunswick prescription drug monitoring system not efficient: pharmacist
http://globalnews.ca/news/3115573/n-b-prescription-drug-monitoring-system-not-efficient-pharmacist/

Medication News

Study: Sleep aid melatonin may help lower blood pressure
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/study-sleep-aid-melatonin-may-help-lower-blood-pressure 

A higher than usual degree of pharmacovigilance is required when patients are switched to new biosimilar medications
https://ajp.com.au/news/warning-biosimilar-burden/

How widespread are prescription error problems in Canada? We don’t really know
http://globalnews.ca/news/3103260/how-widespread-are-prescription-error-problems-in-canada-we-dont-really-know/

Miscellaneous

How racism impacts health care
https://ajp.com.au/news/racism-impacts-health-care/

Clinical Pharmacists Have Role to Play in Managing Patients With HCV
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/conferences/ashp-midyear-2016/clinical-pharmacists-have-role-to-play-in-managing-patients-with-hcv

Pharmacists can improve management of mental health in hospitals
https://www.pharmacy.biz/news/pharmacists-can-improve-management-mental-health-hospitals/

Medical students face 'alarmingly high' rate of depression, study finds
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/medical-students-medicine-mental-health-depression-suicide-1.3883935

‘Masked’ hypertension: You may have high blood pressure and not even know, docs warn
http://globalnews.ca/news/3112155/masked-hypertension-you-may-have-high-blood-pressure-and-not-even-know-docs-warn/

Older adults aren’t taking vaccinations seriously enough
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/older-adults-arent-taking-vaccinations-seriously-enough/article33266076/

 

Practice Change & News

Ontario pharmacists now allowed to administer travel vaccines
http://www.cp24.com/news/ontario-pharmacists-now-allowed-to-administer-travel-vaccines-1.3185447

International Developments

Government owes pharmacies $15,000 each, says Pharmacy Guild of Australia
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/govt-owes-pharmacies-$15-000-each-says-guild

Teva Pharm to market medical cannabis inhaler in Israel
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-teva-pharm-ind-cannabis-idUSKBN13N0PZ

Ecstasy could be available for medical use in the US by 2021
http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2016/11/30/13792958/mdma-ecstasy-molly-study-fda

Chemist Warehouse underpayment to staff in Australia
http://www.guild.org.au/news-page/2016/12/01/chemist-warehouse-underpayment-to-staff

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Travellers, doctors blame malaria drug for lasting psychiatric problems
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/mefloquine-depression-malaria-veterans-psychiatric-1.3872773

Study to test oral cannabis treatment in kids with severe epilepsy
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/study-to-test-oral-cannabis-treatment-in-kids-with-severe-epilepsy-1.3183061

'Simple penicillin' could have saved boy, Calgary doctor testifies at mother's trial
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/tamara-lovett-ryan-failing-necessaries-trial-doctors-medical-examiner-strep-1.3873049

Brand-name drug costs expected to rise under CETA (Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement)

Retail clinics may not reduce emergency room visits for minor illness
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-emergency-retail-clinics-idUSKBN13O28Z

Anti-overdose drug naloxone still not widely available in the North
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/naloxone-prescription-territories-1.3875635

Better tracking of pot prescriptions sought by Canadian doctors’ bodies
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/better-tracking-of-pot-prescriptions-sought-by-canadian-doctors-bodies/article33130904/

Medication News

Oral, ultra long-acting medication on the horizon
https://ajp.com.au/news/oral-ultra-long-acting-medication-horizon/

Debut of abortion pill Mifegymiso in Canada delayed to January
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/debut-of-abortion-pill-mifegymiso-in-canada-delayed-to-january-1.3180447

Switching course, Gilead markets HIV drug for prevention
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-aids-day-truvada-idUSKBN13P0EG

Daraprim drug's key ingredient recreated by high school students in Sydney, Australia for just $20
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-30/daraprim-nsw-students-create-drug-martin-shkreli-sold/8078892

Magic mushroom ingredient psilocybin could be key to treating depression - studies
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/01/magic-mushroom-ingredient-psilocybin-can-lift-depression-studies-show

Should markups on high-cost drugs be capped?
http://healthydebate.ca/2016/12/topic/markup

Miscellaneous

Flu and autism myth busted

Saskatchewan premier looks to bring in presumed consent for organ donation
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/saskatchewan-premier-looks-to-bring-in-presumed-consent-for-organ-donation-1.3182624

What happens to your body when you get the flu, step by step
http://globalnews.ca/news/3086722/heres-a-step-by-step-look-at-what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-get-the-flu/

McKesson Canada names Paula Keays new president
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/mckesson-canada-names-new-president-0

Innovative Medicines Canada welcomes Pamela Fralick as new President
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/innovative-medicines-canada-welcomes-pamela-fralick-as-new-president-604000996.html

Knowing personalized risk for diabetes may not change lifestyles
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-diabetes-risk-behavior-idUSKBN13P23Q

First Nations communities cope with lack of emergency response resources
http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/first-nations-emergency-response-health-1.3826391

One reason peer review is broken: it’s biased in favour of prestigious authors
http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2016/11/29/13770988/peer-review-bias-authors

'People are dying': Life-saving opioid antidote hard to find
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/naloxone-antidote-crisis-pharmacies-1.3875584

When Do Students Decide They Are Going to Become Pharmacists?
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/tony-guerra-pharmd/2016/12/when-do-students-decide-they-are-going-to-become-pharmacists

Practice Change & News

Ontario College of Pharmacists Appoints New Registrar
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/ontario-college-of-pharmacists-appoints-new-registrar-602901576.html

Pharmacists need to respond to opioid crisis
http://www.waterloochronicle.ca/opinion-story/6984958-pharmacists-need-to-respond-to-opioid-crisis/

International Developments

Australian government increases Indigenous dispensing fee

Anti-smoking drug Champix in spotlight at Brisbane suicide inquest
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/21/anti-smoking-drug-champix-in-spotlight-at-brisbane-suicide-inquest

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Saskatoon Health Region to use one pharmacy to prevent home care medication errors
http://thestarphoenix.com/health/seniors/health-region-taps-single-pharmacy-to-prevent-home-care-medication-errors

Curb prescriptions to combat opioid crisis
http://www.cmaj.ca/site/earlyreleases/23nov16_curb-prescriptions-to-combat-opioid-crisis-cmaj.109-5360.xhtml

Prescription delays for Indigenous patients amount to triage by race
http://healthydebate.ca/opinions/non-insured-health-benefit

'Good Samaritan' drug bill clears House 
http://ipolitics.ca/2016/11/02/good-samaritan-drug-bill-clears-house/

Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System Report 2016
http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/publications/drugs-products-medicaments-produits/antibiotic-resistance-antibiotique/antimicrobial-surveillance-antimicrobioresistance-eng.php

Canadian study highlights impact of medical marijuana on veterans with PTSD
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/canadian-study-highlights-impact-medical-marijuana-veterans-ptsd

Antigonish doctor shares opioid prescription strategy
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/antigonish-doctor-maureen-allen-opioid-strategy-1.3861536

Med mistakes "common" in nursing homes
https://ajp.com.au/news/medication-errors-nursing-homes/

'We've been deceived': Many clinical trial results are never published
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/clinical-trial-results-not-published-1.3865785

Ten Nova Scotia doctors probed for unusual prescribing of addictive opioids
http://globalnews.ca/news/3087204/ten-nova-scotia-doctors-probed-for-unusual-prescribing-of-addictive-opioids/

Medication News

Women on epilepsy drug say they weren’t warned of birth defect risk
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/women-on-epilepsy-drug-say-they-weren-t-warned-of-birth-defect-risk-1.3174345

What you need to know about risky blood thinners
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/tired-of-waking-up-tired-here-s-help-1.3855792/what-you-need-to-know-about-risky-blood-thinners-1.3860470

Ottawa will reimburse veterans for just three grams of medical pot, per day
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/ottawa-will-reimburse-veterans-for-just-three-grams-of-medical-pot-per-day-1.3171732

Seniors and self-harm factor in the opioid crisis
http://www.cmaj.ca/site/earlyreleases/21nov16_seniors-and-self-harm-factor-in-the-opioid-crisis-cmaj.109-5357.xhtml

Are antipsychotic drugs risky for dementia patients?
http://healthydebate.ca/personal-health-navigator/antipsychotic-risk-dementia

Miscellaneous

'Pop-up' injection sites aim to combat overdoses in Vancouver

People with Down syndrome answer commonly Googled questions about their condition
http://globalnews.ca/news/3079493/people-with-down-syndrome-answer-commonly-googled-questions-about-the-condition/

Palliative care linked to better, if not longer, life
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-qualityoflife-palliative-care-idUSKBN13H29U

Curing people, poisoning pets?
http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1001614&playlistId=1.2270902&binId=1.1201914&playlistPageNum=1

 

Practice Change & News

Expand pharmacist services to improve care
http://www.pressreader.com/@Pharmacy___Nutrition/kmuGAAdHa76cL0axdD682Czbanc2iqehbnrQLdGxjJ81

How pharmacists are becoming the first line of defence against opioid overdoses
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/pharmacists-opioid-overdose-naloxone-kits-1.3845917

Saskatoon Health Region, pharmacists fight back against growing antibiotic use
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/saskatoon-health-region-growing-antibiotic-use-1.3855446

International Developments

UK pharmacist 'helped his elderly father to die by injecting him with a lethal dose of morphine'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3923976/Pharmacist-58-helped-elderly-father-die-injecting-lethal-dose-morphine-1million-home.html

U.S. Surgeon General issues 1st-ever report on substance abuse
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/surgeon-general-substance-abuse-report-1.3854840

Consumers overwhelmingly back professional service delivery in Australia
http://www.guild.org.au/news-events/forefront/forefront-article/2016/11/16/consumers-overwhelmingly-back-professional-service-delivery

U.S. prisons fighting opioids with $1,000 injection
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/u-s-prisons-fighting-opioids-with-1-000-injection-1.3159223

How pharmacies are helping patients with diabetes
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/how-pharmacies-are-helping-patients-diabetes

The UK is set to roll out a “sore throat test and treat” service, sending consumers to pharmacies to see if they need antibiotics – but not all stakeholders are happy

US national survey of innovative services shows significant growth in pharmacy services
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/immunization/national-survey-of-innovative-services-shows-significant-growth-in-pharmacy-services

The US government is finally telling people that homeopathy is a sham
http://www.vox.com/2016/11/18/13676834/ftc-homeopathy-crackdown-regulation

Walgreens.com first to post PatientsLikeMe info on site
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/walgreenscom-first-post-patientslikeme-info-site

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Get ready to pay more for private drug plans; expensive new drugs, higher fees and prescribing practices are pushing up the cost of employer plans
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/private-drug-insurance-up-1.3845301

Shoppers Drug Mart right spot to sell medicinal pot: poll
https://www.thestar.com/business/2016/11/14/shoppers-drug-mart-right-spot-to-sell-medicinal-pot-poll.html

Nova Scotia prescription dispensing fees vary widely; senior says pharmacies should be more transparent about how much of a prescription price is the fee
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/prescriptions-pharmacies-cost-1.3853527

This is why Canada has the second-highest medication costs in the world
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/this-is-why-canada-has-the-second-highest-medication-costs-in-the-world

Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) recommends priority areas to combat Canada's opioid crisis
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/cpha-recommends-priority-areas-to-combat-canadas-opioid-crisis-601546255.html

Nova Scotia pharmacies lead in safe medicine practices
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1416107-nova-scotia-pharmacies-lead-in-safe-medicine-practices

Quebec move to boost pharmacy transparency could save plan sponsors money
http://www.benefitscanada.com/news/boosting-pharmacy-transparency-could-save-quebec-plan-sponsors-money-90159

13 Canadians hospitalized each day for opioid poisoning
https://www.cihi.ca/en/types-of-care/pharmaceutical-care-and-utilization/13-canadians-hospitalized-each-day-for-opioid

Cold-FX makers convince B.C. judge to reject class-action application
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/cold-fx-makers-convince-b-c-judge-to-reject-class-action-application-1.3163949

Medication News

Pfizer's Celebrex shown to be as safe as ibuprofen or naproxen: study
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-heart-pfizer-celebrex-idUSKBN1380VA

Cannabis could help treat opioid addiction, study suggests
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/cannabis-could-help-treat-opioid-addiction-study-suggests-1.3166692

Miscellaneous

Antibiotic Therapy Duration – Is Shorter Better?
http://medsask.usask.ca/documents/newsletters/Antibiotic%20Therapy%20Duration_Final.pdf

True scope of Canada's opioid crisis unknown because of inconsistent tracking
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/true-scope-of-canada-s-opioid-crisis-unknown-because-of-inconsistent-tracking-1.3164990

Study shows benefits of a centralized pharmacy-led prior authorization process
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/study-shows-benefits-centralized-pharmacy-led-prior-authorization-process

How mental health should be taught in Canadian schools
http://globalnews.ca/news/3047489/tortured-mind-how-mental-health-should-be-taught-in-canadian-schools/

Pharmacists crucial in diabetes self-injecting care
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacists-crucial-diabetes-self-injecting-care/

Federal health minister meets with Vancouver firefighters responding to overdose crisis
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/health-minister-meets-with-vancouver-firefighters-responding-to-overdose-crisis-1.3155123

6 Tips For Determining If A Doc-In-The-Box Is Right For You
http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterubel/2016/11/18/6-tips-for-determining-if-a-doc-in-the-box-is-right-for-you/#2de924083cd8

Practice Change & News

US Veterans Affairs treats patients’ impatience with clinical pharmacists
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/10/24/kaiser-va-treats-patients-impatience-clinical-pharmacists/92479132/

Shoppers Drug Mart formally applies to distribute medical marijuana; pharmacy chain is asking for producer licence, but it plans on just distributing
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/shoppers-drug-mart-medical-marijuana-1.3820131

Medication Errors: A Statement From the Ontario Pharmacists Association
https://www.opatoday.com/professional/advocacy/med_errors

International Developments

Pharmacy ownership laws (community pharmacies must be owned by registered pharmacists) must be upheld in Australia
http://www.guild.org.au/news-page/2016/10/24/pharmacy-ownership-laws-must-be-upheld

Minnesota Looks to Reduce Pharmacists' Hours
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/minnesota-looks-to-reduce-pharmacists-hours

Australian pharmacists share their ‘journeys’ to highlight career opportunities
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/pharmacists-share-their-journeys-to-highlight-career-opportunities

'Save Our Pharmacies' campaign launches in UK
https://ajp.com.au/news/save-pharmacies-campaign-launches-uk/

Poor, remote, and Aboriginal have higher STI risk in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/poor-remote-aboriginal-higher-sti-risk/

Brooksville compounding pharmacy helps meet special needs of patients
http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/brooksville-compounding-pharmacy-helps-meet-special-needs-of-patients-8212/2299804

A push for pharmacists to be incorporated in GP practices in Australia could reduce nearby community pharmacies to mere dispensers of medicines
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/practice-pharmacists-seen-as-source-of-conflict

EpiPen Competitor Auvi-Q To Return To Market, Promising Lower Costs For Patients
http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2016/10/26/epipen-competitor-auvi-q-to-return-to-market-promising-lower-costs-for-patients/#356fd34a7fb3

Australian rural pharmacist shortage is biting hard
https://ajp.com.au/news/rural-pharmacist-shortage-biting-hard/

German midwife jailed for giving patients blood thinner
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/german-midwife-jailed-for-giving-patients-blood-thinner-1.3135827

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

APSA/RxA "Save Lives, Immunize" - Get Your Flu Shot!
https://youtu.be/XdsKecD_zDo

Ontario nurse faces eight counts of first-degree murder
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/ont-nurse-faces-eight-counts-of-first-degree-murder-1.3130010

Abortion pill advocates intent on making Canada the most permissive country for access to the medication
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/abortion-pill-advocates-intent-on-making-canada-the-most-permissive-country-for-access-to-the-medication

Cuban lung cancer 'vaccine' gets FDA trial go-ahead
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/lung-cancer-vaccine-us-trial-1.3824223

False advertising by pharmaceutical companies partly blamed for opioid crisis
http://www.metronews.ca/news/edmonton/2016/10/25/cpsa-targets-false-advertising-by-pharmaceutical-companies.html

Mother remembers victim of fentanyl overdose after dealer charged
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/mother-remembers-victim-of-fentanyl-overdose-after-dealer-charged-1.3822684

Medication News

Birth control should be free for Canadians, NDP MP says
http://globalnews.ca/news/3025884/birth-control-should-be-free-for-canadians-says-ndp-mp/

Move extra-strength acetaminophen behind the counter to prevent overdoses, mom of daughter hospitalized for 2 weeks after overdose urges
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/acetaminophen-safety-1.3822434

University of Saskatchewan expert helps develop first-ever FASD medication guidelines
http://globalnews.ca/news/3023178/expert-at-university-of-saskatchewan-helps-develop-first-ever-fasd-medication-guidelines/

First and only medication approved in Canada for the treatment of binge eating disorder
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/first-and-only-medication-approved-in-canada-for-the-treatment-of-binge-eating-disorder-598369571.html

Simple Chart Explains Medications for Diabetes Treatment
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/diabetes/simple-chart-explains-medications-for-diabetes-treatment

Antidepressants in pregnancy tied to some health risks for children
http://globalnews.ca/news/3028534/antidepressants-in-pregnancy-tied-to-some-health-risks-for-children/

Miscellaneous

Toronto-area mother launches flu vaccine campaign after toddler's death
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/toronto-area-mother-launches-flu-vaccine-campaign-after-toddler-s-death-1.3130727

Lack of herd immunity could cause mumps to spread, says province; number of mumps cases in Manitoba double compared to typical years
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/mumps-outbreak-manitoba-health-1.3813538

CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) calls on feds to make mental health top priority in new health accord
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/camh-calls-on-feds-to-make-mental-health-top-priority-in-new-health-accord-1.3133549 

Pharmacies, family doctors giving more flu shots; Ontario health units now give less than 10 per cent of flu shots: Sudbury health unit
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/health-unit-fewer-flu-shots-1.3815250

1 in 18 patients harmed in Canadian hospitals: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/1-in-18-patients-harmed-in-canadian-hospitals-study-1.3131347

Teva Pharmaceuticals and IBM Expand Global Partnership to Enable Drug Development and Chronic Disease Management with Watson
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/teva-pharmaceuticals-and-ibm-expand-global-partnership-to-enable-drug-development-and-chronic-disease-management-with-watson-598654581.html

As Naloxone Accessibility Increases, Pharmacist’s Role Expands
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/marilyn-bulloch-pharmd-bcps/2016/10/as-naloxone-accessibility-increases-pharmacists-role-expands

Inside big pharma's fight to block recreational marijuana
https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/oct/22/recreational-marijuana-legalization-big-business

This season's flu strain particularly nasty, B.C. doctors warn
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/this-season-s-flu-strain-particularly-nasty-b-c-doctors-warn-1.3133710 

Canada's Health System Needs More Physician Assistants (PAs)!
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/canadas-health-system-needs-more-pas-598848151.html

Screening infants could prevent early heart attacks: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/screening-infants-could-prevent-early-heart-attacks-study-1.3135595

Practice Change & News

4-year-old 'acting like a slobbering drunk' after pharmacy dispenses wrong dose of antipsychotic drug
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/4-year-old-acting-like-a-slobbering-drunk-after-pharmacy-dispenses-wrong-dose-of-antipsychotic-drug-1.3801461

Parents find son's lifeless body after pharmacy switches sleep medication for toxic dose of another drug
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/go-public-sleep-medication-accidentally-switched-1.3811972

International Developments

Hundreds of pharmacies to test diabetes screening in Australia
http://www.guild.org.au/news-page/2016/10/18/type-2-diabetes-pharmacy-trial-gets-underway

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Rite Aid extend end date of merger agreement
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/walgreens-boots-alliance-rite-aid-extend-end-date-merger-agreement 

Why it’s reasonable to support vaccinations in Australian pharmacies
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/why-it-s-reasonable-to-support-vaccinations-in-pha 

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Requiring physicians to dispense mifepristone: an unnecessary limit on safety and access to medical abortion
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/abortion-pill-dispense-1.3808150

BC regulators plan to let pharmacists distribute abortion pills
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/bc-regulators-plan-to-let-pharmacists-distribute-abortion-pills/article32385496

Doctors Without Borders turns down 1 million free pneumonia vaccines, takes stand against Pfizer
http://globalnews.ca/news/3007209/doctors-without-borders-turns-down-1-million-free-pneumonia-vaccines-takes-stand-against-pfizer/

Pharmacy recording system tracks Saskatchewan prescription mistakes; prescription errors more common than you think, says Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/saskatchewan-pharmacists-mistakes-oct-18-2016-1.3811184 

Medication News

UNICEF signs vaccine deal to protect children from 5 diseases
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/vaccines-unicef-1.3812033

Fentanyl patient ashamed to pick up prescription amid ongoing opioid ‘crisis’
http://globalnews.ca/news/3007708/fentanyl-patient-ashamed-to-pick-up-prescription-amid-ongoing-opioid-crisis/

Curcumin is effective for treating depression
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/curcumin-is-effective-for-treating-depression

Patients prescribed opioids after surgery not likely to become addicted: study
http://globalnews.ca/news/3017807/patients-prescribed-opioids-after-surgery-not-likely-to-become-addicted-study/

Miscellaneous

Government of Canada Announces Mental Wellness Help Line for Indigenous Peoples
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/government-of-canada-announces-mental-wellness-help-line-for-indigenous-peoples-597315221.html

Male HPV-related oral cancer rates on the rise: Canadian Cancer Society
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/cancer-stats-1.3810804

New edition of Pharmacy Business magazine is now available
http://digitalmedia.pharmacyu.ca/PB2016September/PB.pdf 

Anxiety disorder associated with a two times higher risk for cancer death – but only in men, study finds
http://news.nationalpost.com/health/anxiety-disorder-associated-with-a-two-times-higher-risk-for-cancer-death-but-only-in-men-study-finds?__lsa=77c9-0a8e

'Marijuana receptor' uncovered in new study
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/313564.php 

Loblaw Companies Ltd. / Shoppers Drug Mart Rejoins Neighbourhood Pharmacies
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/loblaw-companies-ltd--shoppers-drug-mart-rejoins-neighbourhood-pharmacies-597901701.html

Practice Change & News

Pharmacists looking to play a greater role in health care

Shoppers Drug Mart to provide audio prescription info for sight-impaired customers
http://www.theprovince.com/news/local+news/shoppers+drug+mart+provide+audio+prescription+info+sight/12262618/story.html

‘More is not always better’: More drugs mean seniors more likely to land in hospital, says study
http://news.nationalpost.com/health/more-is-not-always-better-excessive-prescribing-is-sending-seniors-to-hospital-study-suggests?__lsa=769b-b8e7

Pharmacists can save millions by reducing medication-related mishaps among elderly
https://hilo.hawaii.edu/news/press/release/1894

International Developments

Safeway to open weight loss clinics in 5 Bay Area stores
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/safeway-open-weight-loss-clinics--bay-area-stores

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) reiterates the extensive medicines expertise of all pharmacists, regardless of the setting in which they practice
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/all-pharmacists-are-medicines-specialists-says-peak-professional-body

Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland and Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland Joint Policy Statement on General Practice Based Pharmacists
http://www.rpharms.com/policy-pdfs/160920-rcgps-rps-joint-statement-on-general-practice-based-pharmacists---final-full-version.pdf

Pharmacy funding cuts 'could force closures' in England
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-37651250

US Survey: 76% of patients would seek out pharmacy with certified technicians
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/survey--patients-would-seek-out-pharmacy-certified-technicians

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Med reviews reduce drug-related readmissions, but evidence poor
https://ajp.com.au/news/meds-reviews-reduce-drug-related-readmissions-evidence-poor/

Family of epileptic 4-year-old celebrating cannabis oil victory
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/family-of-epileptic-4-year-old-celebrating-cannabis-oil-victory-1.3114504

Most contributors to major US cancer guidelines have financial conflicts
http://www.cmaj.ca/site/earlyreleases/11oct16_most-writers-of-major-us-cancer-guidelines-have-financial-conflicts-cmaj.109-5334.xhtml

Medication News

Ontario expands use of Suboxone as part of new provincial opioid strategy
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ontario-expands-use-of-suboxone-as-part-of-new-provincial-opioid-strategy-1.3112291

Canadian neuroscience leaders tap IBM Watson to speed time to discovering new drugs for Parkinson's disease
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/canadian-neuroscience-leaders-tap-ibm-watson-to-speed-time-to-discovering-new-drugs-for-parkinsons-disease-596787531.html

Miscellaneous

Pharmacy's role in mental health
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacys-role-mental-health/

No, Trump, Canadians do not flee en masse for US health care
http://www.vox.com/2016/10/9/13222798/canadians-seeking-medical-care-us-trump-debate

Flying with medical marijuana? 4 things to remember
http://globalnews.ca/news/3000518/flying-with-medical-marijuana-4-things-to-remember/

 

Practice Change & News

Pharmacists’ role in administering vaccinations on the increase
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmacists-role-administering-vaccinations-increase

Parkinson Canada reaches out to pharmacists to enhance their ability to advise people living with the disease
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/parkinson-canada-reaches-out-to-pharmacists-to-enhance-their-ability-to-advise-people-living-with-the-disease-595780391.html

International Developments

U.S. Health-Care System Ranks as One of the Least-Efficient
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-29/u-s-health-care-system-ranks-as-one-of-the-least-efficient

Directory connects pharmacies and mental health patients in the US
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/directory-connects-pharmacies-and-mental-health-patients

Walgreens-Rite Aid deal could close soon: Implications for pharmacists and patients
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/austin-hewlett-pharmd-mba-candidate/2016/10/walgreens-rite-aid-deal-could-close-soon-implications-for-pharmacists-and-patients

Publix Pharmacy to offer strep and flu tests
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/publix-pharmacy-offer-strep-and-flu-tests

Melbourne psychiatrist slams pharmacists over public ‘interrogations’; calls on community pharmacists to provide an area for confidential discussions with mental health patients
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/psychiatrist-slams-pharmacists-over-public-interro

McKesson to showcase RxOwnership program at NCPA (National Community Pharmacists Association) Annual meeting
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/mckesson-showcase-rxownership-program-ncpa-annual-meeting

Irish pharmacist has been praised after she administered an EpiPen to a patient presenting with anaphylaxis
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacist-praised-life-saving-action/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Manitoba pharmacies call on province to pay for antidote to deadly street drugs

Health Canada OKs non-prescription naloxone nasal spray to reverse opioid overdose
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-canada-oks-non-prescription-naloxone-nasal-spray-to-reverse-opioid-overdose-1.3099965

Most provinces have balked at Trudeau’s approach to health-care funding: Hébert
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/10/01/most-provinces-have-balked-at-trudeaus-approach-to-health-care-funding-hbert.html

Ads disguised as news: A drug company's stealth marketing campaign exposed
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/vaginal-atrophy-analysis-1.3786547

Competition Bureau of Canada releases report questioning restrictions on health care advertising
http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/04147.html 

At least 374 Canadians have died with medical assistance since the practice became legal
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/despite-assisted-dying-law-barriers-still-remain-doctors-say/article32286253/

US customers sue UnitedHealth over prescription drug co-pay costs
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-unitedhealth-lawsuit-idUSKCN1252MI

Medication News

Homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children: FDA
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/homeopathic-teething-1.3789210 

China firms happy to sell killer opioid "weapon" to anyone in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and Australia for as little as $2,750 a kilogram
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/china-sell-opioid-carfentanil-fentanyl-chemical-weapon-unrestricted-chinese/

Alternative medicine treatment put four-year-old boy in A&E
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-37572771

Can a genetic test help me find the right depression medication?
http://healthydebate.ca/personal-health-navigator/can-genetic-test-help-find-right-depression-medication

Miscellaneous

U of S researchers show caffeine could prevent Parkinson's disease
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/university-research-caffeine-could-prevent-parkinsons-disease-1.3786595

Digital storytelling helps young cancer survivors' mental health: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/digital-storytelling-helps-young-cancer-survivors-mental-health-study-1.3098840

Insulin pump vulnerable to hacking, J&J warns people with diabetes
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/insulin-pump-hack-1.3790456

Advances in genetic research may allow for more targeted medication prescriptions
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/advances-in-genetic-research-may-allow-for-more-targeted-medication-prescriptions/article32169066/ 

Mental health in the smartphone era
http://www.cmaj.ca/site/earlyreleases/5oct16_mental-health-in-the-smartphone-era-cmaj.109-5336.xhtml

Building effective physician-pharmacist communication
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/orlando-alvarado-rivera-pharmd-ms/2016/10/building-effective-physician-pharmacist-communication 

Jean Coutu launches flu shot awareness campaign
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/jean-coutu-group-launches-flu-shot-awareness-campaign

Most patients struggle with home BP devices
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/most-patients-struggle-with-home-bp-devices

Canadian (College Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick) college to launch marijuana cultivation course
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-marijuana-idUSKCN1242E7

Starbucks Canada boosts mental health benefits to $5K per year
http://globalnews.ca/news/2988902/starbucks-canada-boosts-mental-health-benefits-to-5k-per-year/

 

Practice Change & News

Positive results for pharmacist-led BP monitoring
https://ajp.com.au/news/positive-results-pharmacist-led-bp-monitoring/

International Developments

A pharmacy chain (CVS) drops tobacco sales in the US, but low-income neighborhoods see no benefit
https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/pharmacy-chain-drops-tobacco-sales-low-income-neighborhoods-no-benefit/ 

Pharmacy under fire in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacy-under-fire/

Walgreens, UN Foundation launch 2016 Get a Shot. Give a Shot. campaign
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/walgreens-un-foundation-launch-01-get-shot-give-shot-campaign

Pharmacists in England are "so nervous" about accessing the summary care record (SCR) that they are only viewing it once a month
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/jill-loader-pharmacists-need-overcome-scr-‘fears

Limit pharmacy sales, allow GP dispensing: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
https://ajp.com.au/news/limit-pharmacy-sales-allow-gp-dispensing-racgp/

These companies you've never heard of are about to incite another massive drug price outrage in the US
http://www.businessinsider.com/scrutiny-express-scripts-pbms-drug-price-fury-2016-9

Review of Pharmacy Remuneration & Regulation presents a long-term opportunity to explore innovative ways pharmacists can contribute to Australia’s health system & optimise healthcare in the future
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/review-an-opportunity-to-sustain-long-term-future-for-pharmacists

NHS England wants ‘assurances’ from sector after MUR (medicines use reviews) abuse
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/nhs-england-wants-‘assurances’-mur-quality

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Quebec to invest $12M in safe injection sites; funding will help create 3 injection sites in Montreal and a mobile unit
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-to-invest-12m-in-safe-injection-sites-1.3783424

Most provincial drug plans won’t cover abortion pills in Canada

UBC students aren't claiming naloxone kits due to 'stigma' of drug use
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/ubc-students-arent-claiming-naloxone-kits-due-to-stigma-of-drug-use

Alberta to limit coverage on higher-cost acid reflux medications
http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/alberta-to-limit-coverage-on-higher-cost-acid-reflux-medications

B.C. clinic's free heroin enables addicts to 'have a meaningful life again,' co-ordinator says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/crosstown-clinic-heroin-addiction-1.3779768

Junk science under spotlight after controversial firm buys Canadian journals
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/junk-science-under-spotlight-after-controversial-firm-buys-canadian-journals-1.3095411

Medical marijuana patients using Health Canada licences to sell pot illegally; lack of dosage guidelines means doctors can prescribe whatever quantity they see fit
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/medical-marijuana-licences-1.3784620

Medication News

Upschedule codeine to reduce misuse: Canadian pharmacist
https://ajp.com.au/news/upschedule-codeine-reduce-misuse-canadian-pharmacist/

Common painkillers linked to heart failure: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/common-painkillers-linked-to-heart-failure-study-1.3093796

Hormonal contraception tied to increased depression risk
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-depression-hormones-idUSKCN11Z33J

Miscellaneous

What family pharmacies can learn from the plight of family farms
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/tony-guerra-pharmd/2016/09/what-family-pharmacies-can-learn-from-the-plight-of-family-farms

Former Shoppers Drug CEO passes
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/former-shoppers-drug-ceo-passes

Pfizer decides against split-up; more deals seen likely
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pfizer-split-idUSKCN11W13W

How do pharmacists use social media?
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacists-use-social-media/

Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada makes Justin Bates permanent CEO
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/canadian-pharmacy-association-makes-justin-bates-permanent-ceo

Convenience, trust top list of vaccine motivators for older patients
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/flu/convenience-trust-top-list-of-vaccine-motivators-for-older-patients

Alberta Health Services surprised at demand for medically assisted death
http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/alberta-health-services-surprised-at-demand-for-medically-assisted-death

Men less likely than women to report mental health disorders
https://www.pharmacy.biz/latest-news/Men+less+likely+than+women+to+report+mental+health+disorders++/3751

 

Practice Change & News

New Canadian network tackles overprescribing
http://www.cmaj.ca/site/earlyreleases/14sept16_new-canadian-network-tackles-overprescribing-cmaj.109-5315.xhtml

Quebec pharmacists and government at loggerheads
http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/quebec-pharmacists-and-government-at-loggerheads?preview_id=877046

International Developments

Pharmacist vaccinations declared safe and popular in Western Australia
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/pharmacist-vaccinations-declared-safe-and-popular

90 Scottish pharmacists can prescribe antibiotics for UTIs
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/pharmacists-gain-key-role-new-scottish-antibiotics-scheme

'Bottom Up' pathway to Aboriginal health and wellbeing in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/bottom-pathway-aboriginal-health-wellbeing/

UPS launches U.S. drone test flights for urgent medical deliveries
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-united-parcel-drones-delivery-idUSKCN11T1BZ

Pharmacy deregulation okay by us: Australia Medical Association
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacy-deregulation-ok-us-ama/ 

GPs in the UK use Twitter to deter patients from other flu jab options
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/gps-take-twitter-deter-flu-jab-patients-pharmacy

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Health Canada will reduce barriers to safe injection sites, says Philpott
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/philpott-safe-injection-fentanyl-1.3774678

College of Pharmacists of British Columbia remove all barriers to sale of naloxone
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/college-pharmacists-bc-remove-all-barriers-sale-naloxone

US drug company Novum Pharma hiked price of acne cream Aloquin by 3,900% in less than 18 months
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/sep/21/novum-pharma-acne-cream-aloquin-price-gouging

Addictions doctor says fentanyl patients come from all backgrounds
http://globalnews.ca/news/2957955/addictions-doctor-says-fentanyl-patients-come-from-all-backgrounds/

Suboxone maker sued by U.S. states alleging anticompetitive practices
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/indivior-1.3775701

Ban conscientious objection by Canadian doctors, urge ethicists in volatile commentary
http://news.nationalpost.com/health/ban-conscientious-objection-by-canadian-doctors-urge-ethicists-in-volatile-commentary?__lsa=252d-4740

5 ways the health system can curb the opioid epidemic
http://healthydebate.ca/2016/09/topic/opioid-epidemic

Medication News

Preventative medicine reduces heart attack severity: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/preventative-medicine-reduces-heart-attack-severity-study-1.3079601

U.S. doctors strengthen advice against codeine for kids' coughs, pain
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/u-s-doctors-strengthen-advice-against-codeine-for-kids-coughs-pain-1.3077978

Miscellaneous

‘A First World country with Third World rates’: Saskatchewan at the epicentre of HIV in Canada
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/a-first-world-country-with-third-world-rates-saskatchewan-at-the-epicentre-of-hiv-in-canada

Saskatchewan doctors declare a state of emergency over HIV crisis
http://thestarphoenix.com/health/sexual-health/sask-doctors-declare-a-state-of-emergency-over-hiv-crisis

Assisted death the 'right thing to do,' but takes emotional toll on sister left behind
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/emotional-toll-of-assisted-death-1.3770639

'Diabetes epidemic in Indigenous populations' highlights disparity
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/diabetes-type-2-first-nations-1.3768773 

Silver Alert: Rising rate of dementia renews calls for system to locate missing seniors
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/silver-alert-rising-rate-of-dementia-renews-calls-for-system-to-locate-missing-seniors-1.3077717

4 smart ways pharmacies can leverage Facebook
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/theresa-morrow-pharmd/2016/09/4-smart-ways-pharmacies-can-leverage-facebook

 

Practice Change & News

The impact of medication reviews by community pharmacists [in British Columbia]
http://www.japha.org/article/S1544-3191(16)30652-5/fulltext?rss=yes

Dispensing fees exceed drug cost in seniors homes; Ontario pharmacies were paid more than $1 billion to dispense $800 million in drugs, records show
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/09/10/dispensing-fees-exceed-drug-cost-in-seniors-homes.html

International Developments

CVS Health makes adherence easier with introduction of CVS Health Medication Timer Caps
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/cvs-health-makes-adherence-easier-introduction-cvs-health-medication-timer-caps

Students highlight bright future in pharmacy business planning
http://www.guild.org.au/news-page/2016/09/10/students-highlight-bright-future-in-pharmacy-business-planning

California city requires pharmacies to collect unwanted Rx drugs
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/california-city-requires-pharmacies-collect-unwanted-rx-drugs

In Australia, pharmacists are doing it tough, with low (and dropping) wages
https://ajp.com.au/news/will-mass-exodus-bright-young-pharmacists/

UK consumers most likely to use pharmacy for non-prescription medicines
https://www.pharmacy.biz/latest-news/Consumers+most+likely+to+use+pharmacy+for+non-prescription+medicines+/3719

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Tougher rules on opiate prescribing drafted by College of Alberta Physicians and Surgeons
http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/tougher-rules-on-opiate-prescribing-drafted-by-college-of-alberta-physicians-and-surgeons

RCMP officers to be given naloxone kits to deal with fentanyl|
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/rcmp-officers-to-be-given-naloxone-kits-to-deal-with-fentanyl-1.3071111

'A major barrier': Make drugs that prevent fentanyl deaths free, families and experts say
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/fentanyl-drugs-free-1.3764144

Eliminating out-of-pocket costs for birth control boosts use
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-contraceptives-insurance-idUSKCN11M1WU

Medication News

HPV vaccine linked to falling infection rates worldwide
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/hpv-vaccine-linked-to-falling-infection-rates-worldwide-1.3070159

Acetaminophen labels changing to emphasize liver risks
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/acetaminophen-labels-changing-to-emphasize-liver-risks-1.3073348

Parents, you’re likely giving your kids too much medicine, study warns
http://globalnews.ca/news/2934979/parents-youre-likely-giving-your-kids-too-much-medicine-study-warns/

New study questions Type 2 diabetes treatment; no evidence glucose-lowering drugs help ward off long-term complications, researchers say
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/study-type-2-diabetes-questions-medical-dogma-no-evidence-1.3762658

Miscellaneous

Fort McMurray pharmacist pins down armed robbery suspect
http://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/fort-mcmurray-pharmacist-pins-down-armed-robbery-suspect

Saskatchewan registered nurse admits to forging sick notes
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/nurse-forges-sick-notes-1.3761664

Alberta pot producer launches mobile app to buy medical marijuana
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/marijuana-aurura-cannabis-mobile-app-medical-1.3761944

The role of the community pharmacy team in assisting patients receiving oral anticancer medications
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/role-community-pharmacy-team-assisting-patients-receiving-oral-anticancer-medications

Practice Change & News

You’re more likely to get the flu shot if your province lets pharmacists give them
http://globalnews.ca/news/2870632/youre-more-likely-to-get-the-flu-shot-if-your-province-lets-pharmacists-give-them/

Pharmacists ideally placed to help people experiencing depression
http://www.guild.org.au/news-events/recent-activity/blog-post/recent-activity/2016/05/25/pharmacists-ideally-placed-to-help-people-experiencing-depression

On-the-spot strep throat tests offered at some Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies; some experts worry about accuracy of swabs, available in Alberta, B.C. and Nova Scotia
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/strep-throat-tests-alberta-pharmacies-1.3718598

Canadian survey finds overall positive impression of pharmacy
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/canadian-survey-finds-overall-positive-impression-pharmacy

Pharmacist interventions boost adherence for minorities
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmacists-interventions-boost-adherence-minorities

International Developments

Sydney, Australia pharmacist Yan Chi Cheung laughs as his drink spiking jail sentence begins
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-pharmacist-yan-chi-cheung-laughs-as-his-drink-spiking-jail-sentence-begins/news-story/60bfe0ac4d3ada0dbd39f7fbe930a042

EpiPen’s 500 Percent Price Hike Leaves US Patients Scrambling
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/epipens-500-percent-price-hike-leaves-patients-scrambling_us_57b60b2ae4b03d5136871ec9

New group fights for smaller pharmacies in Australia
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/new-group-fights-for-smaller-pharmacies

Americans Trust Pharmacists, Meyocks Survey Finds
http://www.meyocks.com/americans-trust-pharmacists-meyocks-survey-finds-2/

A majority of Australian doctors believe pharmacists should not be permitted to administer vaccinations
https://ajp.com.au/news/doctors-pharmacist-vaccination/ 

Walmart makes health care a strategic pillar in the US
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/walmart-makes-health-care-a-strategic-pillar/

Top finalists named for Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Student Business Plan Competition
http://www.guild.org.au/news-page/2016/08/23/national-student-business-plan-2016-finalists

US pharmacist charged with stealing thousands of pills
http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2016-07-29/story/brunswick-pharmacist-charged-taking-thousands-pills-and-using-them-store

Australian community pharmacies ready to ease burden on GPs
http://www.guild.org.au/news-page/2016/09/05/community-pharmacies-ready-to-ease-burden-on-gps

CVS must face revived lawsuit in U.S. over vitamin E label
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cvs-health-lawsuit-vitamine-idUSKCN11C2CH

Australia's Health Destination leads the world in pharmacy practice improvement
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/health-destination-leads-the-world-in-pharmacy-practice-improvement

Pharmacy regulations deliver consumer benefit in Australia
http://www.guild.org.au/news-page/2016/09/08/pharmacy-regulations-deliver-consumer-benefit---ergas

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Canadians not subject to same EpiPen price hike as U.S. customers
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/canadians-not-subject-to-same-epipen-price-hike-as-u-s-customers-1.3045181?autoPlay=true

Canada now allows prescription heroin in severe opioid addiction cases
http://globalnews.ca/news/2927543/canada-now-allows-prescription-heroin-in-severe-opioid-addiction-cases/

Edmonton doctor censured for improper prescribing linked to patient's death
http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/edmonton-doctor-censured-for-improper-prescribing-linked-to-patients-death

Vancouver police to get naloxone nasal spray in case of opioid exposure
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/vancouver-police-to-get-naloxone-nasal-spray-in-case-of-opioid-exposure-1.3065617

Medication News

Birth control pill cutting ovary cancer deaths: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/birth-control-pill-cutting-ovary-cancer-deaths-study-1.3060218

Cuts to drug program could backfire for province, says pharmacist|
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/drug-program-cuts-1.3711563

Drugs tested at Insite in Vancouver, 86% contain fentanyl
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/insite-vancouver-coastal-health-fentanyl-free-drug-test-1.3741858 

Non-addictive painkiller could offer alternative to morphine
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/non-addictive-painkiller-could-offer-alternative-to-morphine-1.3033707

Record increase in brand name drug sales in Canada: report
http://ipolitics.ca/2016/08/18/record-increase-in-brand-name-drug-sales-pmprb-report/

Statins' benefits outweigh side effects, review concludes
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/statins-benefits-outweigh-side-effects-review-concludes-1.3064930

EpiPen sold out at your drugstore? ‘Increased demand’ is hurting supply: Pfizer Canada
http://globalnews.ca/news/2930183/epipen-sold-out-at-your-drugstore-increased-demand-is-hurting-supply-pfizer-canada/

Miscellaneous

Anxiety and depression cost the Canadian economy almost $50 billion a year
http://ipolitics.ca/2016/09/01/depression-and-anxiety-cost-costing-economy-billions-conference-board/

Solution for adherence helps pharmacies stand out
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/solution-adherence-helps-pharmacies-stand-out

Infrequent medicine users most likely to stop course of medicine
http://www.guild.org.au/news-events/forefront/forefront-article/2016/08/23/infrequent-medicine-users-most-likely-to-stop-course-of-medicine

Zero: the number of new Zika cases from the Rio Olympics
http://www.vox.com/2016/9/3/12774610/numer-zika-cases-olympics

Practice Change & News

Why pharmacists should be dispensing medical marijuana
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/why-pharmacists-should-be-dispensing-medical-marijuana/article30098846/

Role of Sudbury pharmacists continues to grow
http://www.thesudburystar.com/2016/05/21/role-of-sudbury-pharmacists-continues-to-grow

International Developments

How CVS Health is addressing and preventing opioid abuse
http://www.forbes.com/sites/cjarlotta/2016/05/22/how-cvs-health-is-addressing-and-preventing-opioid-abuse/#52bba76936c2 

My two cents: Many Illinois pharmacies are at breaking point
http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/my-two-cents-many-illinois-pharmacies-are-at-breaking-point/ 

National real-time medicine monitoring will save lives in Australia
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/national-real-time-medicine-monitoring-will-save-lives 

CVS Pharmacy to roll out digital receipts for ExtraCare Rewards members
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/cvs-pharmacy-roll-out-digital-receipts-extracare-rewards-members

UK pharmacy stakeholders have delivered a record-breaking petition in support of community pharmacy to Prime Minister David Cameron, protesting against the slashing of funds to the sector
https://ajp.com.au/news/1-8-million-pharmacy-support-signatures-presented-uk-pm/

DEA targets drug wholesalers to stem opioid epidemic
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/drug-distributor-mckesson-faces-lawsuit-in-effort-to-stem-opioid-painkiller-epidemic/ 

Develop pharmacy's prevention & medicines role, Royal Pharmaceutical Society tells government
https://www.pharmacy.biz/latest-news/Develop+pharmacy%27s+prevention+%26+medicines+role%2C+RPS+tells+government+/3556

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Deprescribing: Barriers and enablers
https://ajp.com.au/news/deprescribing-barriers-enablers/

Provinces slow to cover new drugs after approval, makers complain
http://globalnews.ca/news/2718512/provinces-slow-to-cover-new-drugs-after-approval-makers-complain/

Retail clinics drive new health care utilization and that is a good thing
http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2016/05/20/retail-clinics-drive-new-health-care-utilization-and-that-is-a-good-thing/

Startup creates new medication reminders from old ideas
http://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahhedgecock/2016/05/25/startup-cobbles-together-new-medication-reminders-from-old-ideas/#5cb2bc50dc36

Florida man admits to shooting wife because he couldn't afford her medication
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/05/18/florida-man-shoots-wife_n_10024016.html 

Cannabis makes up 22% of veteran drug payments
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/cannabis-veterans-drug-payments-1.3598954

Employers urged to embrace design changes to control drug costs
http://www.benefitscanada.com/benefits/health-benefits/bc-cb-generic-81494

Revolutionary hepatitis C drugs leave public health systems reeling
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/revolutionary-hepatitis-c-drugs-leave-public-health-systems-reeling-1.2916679

 

Medication News

Older women more likely to be prescribed inappropriate drugs: study

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/older-women-more-likely-to-be-prescribed-inappropriate-drugs-study/article30120533/

New type of oxycodone abuse causing spike in heart infections
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-type-of-oxycodone-abuse-causing-spike-in-heart-infections-1.2912237

Antidepressants used for more than depression: study
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nearly-half-of-antidepressants-not-prescribed-for-depression-study/ 

A drug factory the size of a refrigerator; new machine could cut medication costs by allowing hospitals and pharmacies to make their own pills
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/05/a-drug-factory-the-size-of-a-refrigerator/484535/

Opioids no better than NSAIDs for back pain
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/opioids-no-better-than-nsaids-for-back-pain

Drug-oozing implant to control addiction approved in U.S.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/drug-oozing-implant-to-control-addiction-approved-in-u-s-1.2918879

Miscellaneous

Pocket doctor: Is online health care the way of the future?
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/pocket-doctor-is-online-health-care-the-way-of-the-future-1.2911803

Improved care coordination could increase patient satisfaction
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/improved-care-coordination-could-increase-patient-satisfaction 

Canadian study shows effectiveness of hospital-initiated smoking cessation programs
http://www.cbj.ca/canadian-study-shows-effectiveness-of-hospital-initiated-smoking-cessation-programs/

Healthcare practitioners need to recapture the agenda from corporates on popular networking sites such as Facebook
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacists-need-get-social/

May/June 2016 issue of Pharmacy Business now available
http://pharmacyu.ca/2016/05/26/magazines/

International Developments

Not Walgreens, not CVS: Life as an independent pharmacist
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/05/pharmacist/471195/

President Barack Obama joins Macklemore to raise awareness around prescription drug addiction
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/president-barack-obama-joins-macklemore-raise-awareness-around-prescription-drug-addiction

Australian pharmacist charged with drugging his assistant
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacist-arrested-poisoning/

Pfizer ban on lethal drug sales complicates executions in 20 states in the US
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pfizer-deathpenalty-idUSKCN0Y82E3

Average pharmacy in England will lose £19k over 10 months
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/accountant-average-pharmacy-will-lose-£19k-over-10-months 

Greater role for Australian pharmacists in contraceptive management
https://ajp.com.au/news/greater-role-pharmacists-contraceptive-management/

A new kind of pharmacy, a digital one, is hitting New York City with delivery included
http://fortune.com/2016/05/17/capsule-digital-pharmacy/

Australian pharmacy grads the lowest earners
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacy-grads-lowest-earners/

GPs to slash drug prices by cutting out pharmacies in Ireland
http://www.businesspost.ie/gps-to-slash-drug-prices-by-cutting-out-pharmacies/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Canada to allow heroin prescriptions to treat addicts
http://globalnews.ca/news/2700735/canada-to-allow-heroin-prescriptions-to-treat-addicts/

Cutting inappropriate antipsychotic meds leads to reduction of abusive behaviour in long-term facilities
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/cutting-inappropriate-antipsychotic-meds-leads-to-reduction-of-abusive-behaviour-in-long-term-facilities-study/article30028940/ 

Industry hits back at idea of pharma levy in superbug fight in the UK
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-antibiotics-review-pharmaceuti-idUSKCN0YA1AZ

Government of Canada moves forward with mandatory reporting of drug shortages and discontinuances
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/government-of-canada-moves-forward-with-mandatory-reporting-of-drug-shortages-and-discontinuances-580120201.html

Medication News

Magic mushroom drug lifts depression in human trial
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/magic-mushroom-drug-lifts-depression-in-human-trial/

Antidepressants may not be as effective in treating depression as healthcare practitioners believe, according to new research
https://ajp.com.au/news/no-gain-rise-antidepressants/

Heartburn medications are common and effective, but they pose risks
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health-advisor/heartburn-medications-are-common-and-effective-but-they-pose-risks/article30060425/

Psychiatric drugs killing more users than heroin, cocaine, say health experts
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/psychiatric-drugs-killing-more-users-than-heroin-cocaine-say-health-experts

Drug (pregabalin) commonly used for pain and anxiety may be linked to major birth defects
http://www.forbes.com/sites/cjarlotta/2016/05/19/drug-commonly-used-for-pain-anxiety-may-be-linked-to-major-birth-defects/#5141972c6d59

Miscellaneous

Pssst! Wanna buy a pharmacy? Read this first.
http://pharmacyu.ca/2016/05/17/mark-scanlons-7-top-tips-to-buy-a-pharmacy-2/

Lyme disease increase alarms Canada's top doctor
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/lyme-disease-1.3585784

15 New Brunswick nursing homes join program to cut seniors’ antipsychotic drug use
http://globalnews.ca/news/2706375/15-new-brunswick-nursing-homes-join-program-to-cut-seniors-anti-psychotic-drug-use/

Most sunblocks aren’t as strong as they claim
http://www.consumerreports.org/sunscreens/get-the-best-sun-protection/

Dear pharmacists: Are those white coats really necessary?
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/dear-pharmacists-are-those-white-coats-really-necessary

Practice Change & News

From a pharmacist: How our policies enable the opioid addiction epidemic
https://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2016/05/pharmacist-how-our-policies-enable-opioid-addiction-epidemic

The role of the pharmacist in supporting patients prescribed an antidepressant
https://ajp.com.au/news/role-pharmacist-supporting-patients-prescribed-antidepressant/

Get ready for the Uberization of pharmacy
http://pharmacyu.ca/2016/05/12/get-ready-for-the-uberization-of-pharmacy/?platform=hootsuite

International Developments

CVS pharmacist: Chain doesn’t care about us
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/cvs-pharmacist-chain-doesn-t-care-about-us

Pharmacist vaccinations to boost public health in Victoria, Australia
http://www.guild.org.au/news-page/2016/05/10/pharmacist-vaccinations-to-boost-public-health-in-victoria

Walgreens launches online mental health services
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/walgreens-launches-online-mental-health-services/

Australian pharmacists have come equal second in this year’s Roy Morgan Image of Professions Survey, again second only to nurses
https://ajp.com.au/news/trusted-professions-pharmacists-equal-second/

Plan B is now free in Maryland
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/plan-b-is-now-free-in-maryland

Scottish funding for pharmacy increased after 'challenging' negotiations
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/scottish-funding-increased-after-challenging-negotiations

U.S. probes contracts between drugmakers, pharmacy benefit managers
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-drugmakers-idUSKCN0Y203T

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Ontario parents who object to vaccines could be forced to take a class in science of immunization
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/ontario-parents-who-object-to-vaccines-could-be-forced-to-take-a-class-in-science-of-immunization

In the US inefficient prescribing costs billions of healthcare dollars
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-prescriptions-savings-idUSKCN0Y02KE

Recommended labelling improves readability of prescriptions
https://uwaterloo.ca/news/news/recommended-labelling-improves-readability-prescriptions

Alberta to make life-saving fentanyl antidote available without prescription
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/alberta-to-make-life-saving-fentanyl-antidote-available-without-prescription-1.2898269

Patient awareness of antibiotic resistance and its prevention is low
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-primarycare-antibiotic-resista-idUSKCN0Y32NC

Medication News

Health Canada looks at reducing daily dosage of acetaminophen due to liver damage concerns
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/health-canada-looks-at-reducing-daily-dosage-of-acetaminophen-due-to-liver-damage-concerns

Overdose of OTC antidiarrheal (loperamide) linked to fatal arrhythmia
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/douglas-jennings-pharmd-fccp-faha/2016/05/overdose-of-otc-antidiarrheal-linked-to-fatal-arrhythmia

Excess folic acid during pregnancy linked to autism in children: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/excess-folic-acid-during-pregnancy-linked-to-autism-in-children-study-1.2897461

Doctors need to know if patients are skipping pills
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-heart-medications-idUSKCN0Y22L5

Does a common painkiller reduce empathy?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/cjarlotta/2016/05/11/does-a-common-painkiller-reduce-empathy/#312f3c7123b0

Miscellaneous

10 things you never knew about your pharmacist; it's so much more than just handing someone their prescription
http://www.cosmopolitan.com/career/a58189/things-i-wish-i-knew-pharmacist-career/

Vision, purpose, and passion drive leaders in pharmacy
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/vision-purpose-and-passion-drive-leaders-pharmacy

Pharmacy often first stop from hospital to home
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/pharmacy-often-first-stop-hospital-home

Pharmacist pens story for children
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmacist-pens-story-children

Service dog gives Alberta woman living with anxiety new lease on life
http://globalnews.ca/news/2689996/service-dog-gives-alberta-woman-living-with-anxiety-new-lease-on-life/

Practice Change & News

Pharmacist-led diabetes care improves glycemic control
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/diabetes/pharmacist-led-diabetes-care-improves-glycemic-control

Pharmacist vaccination has “dramatically” increased the uptake of flu vaccination, particularly among young adults
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacist-flu-vaccination-attracts-younger-adults-study/

Age fearless: pharmacist's role in keeping seniors healthy
http://6abc.com/health/age-fearless-pharmacists-role-in-keeping-seniors-healthy/1320114/ 

International Developments

The most overtrained and under utilized profession in America
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/278414-the-most-overtrained-and-under-utilized-profession-in-america

New Zealand’s government is preparing changes to pharmacy ownership which will mean pharmacies will no longer need to be part owned by a pharmacist
https://ajp.com.au/news/deregulating-pharmacy-across-ditch/

Walgreens broaches possible health benefits of medical marijuana
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/walgreens-medical-marijuana_us_5724dcabe4b0f309baf107c7

Australian pharmacists are experiencing a disturbing increase in their workloads
https://ajp.com.au/news/pressure-rising-overworked-pharmacists/

UK petition against pharmacy closures gets a million signatures
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/01/petition-against-pharmacy-closures-gets-a-million-signatures

Walgreens, APhA (American Pharmacists Association) partner on substance abuse education program
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/walgreens-apha-partner-substance-abuse-education-program

New Jersey pharmacists could soon prescribe birth control
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/nj-pharmacists-could-soon-prescribe-birth-control

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Health Canada reviewing safety concerns of controversial Essure birth control implant
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-canada-reviewing-safety-concerns-of-controversial-essure-birth-control-implant-1.2883058

More evidence that drug companies helped cause the opioid epidemic — for their own profits
http://www.vox.com/2016/5/5/11600276/opioid-epidemic-oxycontin-purdue-pharma

Ottawa urged to reconsider tamper-resistant oxycodone
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ottawa-urged-to-reconsider-tamper-resistant-oxycodone/article29813367/?page=all

France gets G7 to discuss global regulation of medicine prices
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g7-japan-pharmaceuticals-idUSKCN0XT0TU 

Opioid epidemic requires national response
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2016/04/30/opioid-epidemic-requires-national-response.html

Group calls on Ottawa to puff $25M into medical marijuana research
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/group+calls+ottawa+puff+into+medical+marijuana+research/11896026/story.html

Medication News

1 in 3 antibiotics prescribed in U.S. are unnecessary, major study finds
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/05/03/1-in-3-antibiotics-prescribed-in-u-s-are-unnecessary-major-study-finds/

Ketamine lifts depression via a byproduct of its metabolism
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2016/ketamine-lifts-depression-via-a-byproduct-of-its-metabolism.shtml

Preschoolers with ADHD often given drugs before therapy: CDC
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/preschoolers-with-adhd-often-given-drugs-before-therapy-cdc-1.2885740

Syphilis drug shortage comes amid high infection rates across Canada
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/syphilis-drug-shortage-1.3564467

Addicts turning to anti-diarrhea medication (loperamide) to get high
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/addicts-use-imodium-a-d-anti-diarrhea-medication-to-get-high/

Kicking opioid addiction requires right prescription
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2016/05/04/kicking-opioid-addiction-requires-right-prescription.html

Prescription drug users have ways of reducing the cost of their meds
http://news.nationalpost.com/health/prescription-drug-users-have-ways-of-reducing-the-cost-of-their-meds?__lsa=61c4-4c0b

How much you should worry about taking the morning-after pill too often
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/how-much-you-should-worry-about-taking-the-morning-after-pill-too-often

Elderly women more likely to be prescribed medication, study shows
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/elderly-women-prescription-ubc-1.3567518

Four reasons why women with heart disease are less likely to be prescribed statins than men
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ritarubin/2016/05/05/four-reasons-why-women-with-heart-disease-are-less-likely-to-be-prescribed-statins-than-men/#538fb59d259e

Miscellaneous

Four must-know facts about anxiety
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/4-must-know-facts-about-anxiety

Loblaws, Shoppers could sell marijuana, Galen Weston says
https://www.thestar.com/business/2016/05/05/loblaw-shoppers-drug-mart-could-dispense-medical-marijuana-says-galen-weston.html

Poo app designed to preserve dignity
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/poo-app-designed-to-preserve-dignity

Pharmacists key in cardiac rehabilitation
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacists-key-cardiac-rehabilitation/

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Mental Health Week
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/statement-by-the-prime-minister-of-canada-on-mental-health-week-577784781.html

Your pharmacist can take care of 5 health care roles
http://www.canindia.com/your-pharmacist-can-take-care-of-5-health-care-roles/

Your mental health can affect your heart health
https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2016/05/02/doctors-notes-your-mental-health-can-affect-your-heart-health.html

Practice Change & News

Prohibition of inducements offered through loyalty programs by pharmacies is ultra vires (beyond the authority of) the Alberta College of Pharmacists under the Health Professions Act - V.O. Ouellette, J.C.Q.B.A.; Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta

Why moving vaccination into pharmacies is a win for everyone
http://www.personalhealthnews.ca/education-and-advocacy/why-moving-vaccination-into-pharmacies-is-a-win-for-everyone

Pharmacists can match usual care for some chronic conditions
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/pharmacists-can-match-usual-care-for-some-chronic-conditions

New University of Saskatchewan pharmacy program reflects changing profession
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/new-u-of-s-pharmacy-program-reflects-changing-profession-1.3557123

International Developments

Walgreens agrees to $500K settlement for overcharging customers
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/walgreens-agrees-to-500k-settlement-for-overcharging-customers

In West Baltimore, pharmacy deserts leave health care gaps
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/in-west-baltimore-pharmacy-deserts-leave-health-care-gaps/ 

Australia should follow UK for pharmacists in GP clinics
http://www.psa.org.au/news/australia-should-follow-uk-for-pharmacists-in-gp-clinics

Pharmacy choice battle raging in Colorado
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmacy-choice-battle-raging-colorado

Two-thirds of UK pharmacists under daily MUR target pressure
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/two-thirds-pharmacists-under-daily-mur-target-pressure 

Scottish politicians support minor ailments expansion
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/scottish-politicians-support-minor-ailments-expansion

Most Australian doctors believe it is unethical for pharmacists to sell complementary medicines without an established evidence based
https://ajp.com.au/news/a-question-of-ethics/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Methadone doctor accused of coercing patients into using pharmacy linked to his clinic
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/methadone-doctor-accused-of-coercing-patients-into-using-pharmacy-linked-to-his-clinic

The dangers of ‘polypharmacy,’ the ever-mounting pile of pills
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/26/health/the-dangers-of-polypharmacy-the-ever-mounting-pile-of-pills.html?ref=health&_r=0

Niagara company offers U.S. cheaper cancer drug
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2016/04/26/niagara-company-offers-us-cheaper-cancer-drug

Health Canada 'legitimizes' natural health products, doctor says in wake of meningitis case
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/health-canada-natural-products-meningitis-trial-1.3556392

Medication News

Canadian women uneducated on birth defect risk of acne drug Accutane, study finds
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/canadian-women-uneducated-on-birth-defect-risk-of-acne-drug-accutane-study-finds/article29749016/ 

Could marijuana help treat painkiller and heroin addiction?
http://globalnews.ca/news/2662421/could-marijuana-help-treat-painkiller-and-heroin-addiction/

Researchers find four supplements that boost efficacy of antidepressants
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/researchers-find-four-supplements-boost-efficacy-antidepressants

Miscellaneous

This pharmacist wanted people to know pharmacists have crazy stories. Thank you, pharmacist.
http://www.someecards.com/life/workplace/pharmacist-crazy-stories/

10 things you need to know about depression (Part I)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeenacho/2016/04/27/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-depression-part-i/#608e54de59e4

10 things you need to know about depression (Part II)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeenacho/2016/04/28/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-depression-part-ii/#351524836e7c

Which diabetes patients participate in MTM programs?
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/diabetes/which-diabetes-patients-participate-in-mtm-programs

London Drugs announces oral health screenings after successful pilot
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/london-drugs-announces-oral-health-screenings-after-successful-pilot

Physicians can't stop overtreating diabetes and hypertension
http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterubel/2016/04/26/physicians-cant-stop-overtreating-diabetes-and-hypertension/#37a588491e9b 

Motivational interviewing can improve ACS medication adherence
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/ACS/motivational-interviewing-can-improve-acs-medication-adherence

It's better to get your flu vaccine in the morning: Here's why
http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertglatter/2016/04/26/its-better-to-get-your-flu-vaccine-in-the-morning-heres-why/#28c6fb9b4ace

Mindfulness therapies can help people suffering from depression avoid relapse, study finds
http://news.nationalpost.com/health/mindfulness-based-therapies-can-help-people-suffering-from-depression-stay-well-in-the-long-term-study-finds?__lsa=690f-f2d6

Practice Change & News

Pharmacist: Canada’s Best Jobs 2016
http://www.canadianbusiness.com/lists-and-rankings/best-jobs/2016-pharmacist/

New CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) study training pharmacists as personalized medicine experts
http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/about_camh/newsroom/CAMH_in_the_headlines/stories/Pages/New-CAMH-study-training-pharmacists-as-personalized-medicine-experts.aspx

International Developments

Yours, a stressed pharmacist: Boots (UK) article prompts flood of letters

US mail order prescriptions not always cheaper
http://www.wfmynews2.com/mb/news/local/2-wants-to-know/mail-order-prescriptions-not-always-cheaper/131446853

A majority of Australian pharmacists want to leave the profession, a poll suggests
https://ajp.com.au/news/in-the-news-11/ 

NHS England to fund 1,500 extra GP pharmacists
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/breaking-nhs-england-fund-extra-15k-gp-pharmacists

Another state shields identities of providers of lethal-injection drugs
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/another-state-shields-identities-providers-lethal-injection-drugs

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

‘Essure’ birth control subject of potential class-action lawsuit in Canada
http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2016/04/18/essure-birth-control-subject-of-potential-class-action-lawsuit-in-canada.html

Some Nova Scotia pharmacies charging women more than men for same cream; CBC News surveys prices at 46 pharmacies to determine what they charge for Canesten
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/pharmaceuticals-pricing-gender-1.3543214

Vancouver prescriptions for addicts gain attention as heroin and opioid use rises
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/world/americas/canada-vancouver-heroin-prescriptions.html?ref=health&_r=0

Health Canada moving quickly to regulate dangerous opioid W-18
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-canada-moving-quickly-to-regulate-dangerous-opioid-w-18-1.2870051

Four things pharmacists can do amid the opioid abuse crisis
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/4-things-pharmacists-can-do-amid-the-opioid-abuse-crisis 

Vancouver MP calls for national prescription drug plan
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/national-prescription-drugs-don-davies-1.3538151

Medication News

Home abortion pill about to hit market in Canada, but has already garnered criticism
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/0420-na-abortion

Widely used antibiotic allergy skin test often wrong, doctors say
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/antibiotic-allergy-1.3543110

Researchers say commonly used medicines tied to brain changes
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/researchers-say-commonly-used-medicines-tied-to-brain-changes/article29691280/

Miscellaneous

Alberta father calls for mandatory vaccinations after son exposed to measles
http://globalnews.ca/news/2644382/alberta-father-calls-for-mandatory-vaccinations-after-son-exposed-to-measles/

Ramadan with diabetes: Pharmacists need training
https://ajp.com.au/news/ramadan-diabetes-pharmacists-need-training/

Costco offering Hepatitis A vaccinations in wake of frozen berry mix recall
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/costco-offering-hepatitis-a-vaccinations-in-wake-of-frozen-berry-mix-recall-1.2864786 

Canadian study suggests the term ‘palliative care’ needs rebranding
http://globalnews.ca/news/2645759/canadian-study-suggests-the-term-palliative-care-needs-rebranding/

Pfizer Canada, Rexall partner on medsync service
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/pfizer-canada-rexall-partner-medsync-service