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

Minor ailments authority reshapes OTC counselling
http://www.canadianhealthcarenetwork.ca/pharmacists/magazines/pharmacy-practice-plus/april-2017/minor-ailments-authority-reshapes-otc-counselling-39580                                                                                       

Al Chilton’s Rubicon builds innovative relationships with customers and communities
http://pharmacyu.ca/2017/05/22/al-chiltons-rubicon-builds-innovative-relationships-with-customers-and-communities/

International Developments

German kindergartens must report parents for refusing vaccine advice under new law
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-health-measles-idUSKBN18M0PW

Pharmacist rushes to help victims of Manchester bombing
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacist-rushes-help-victims-manchester-bombing/

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's generics-only drugs plan worries health experts, Indian pharma sector
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-pharmaceuticals-policy-idUSKBN18L1XR

NHS 111 minor ailments scheme is 'problem waiting to happen'
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/lpc-chief-minor-ailments-problem-waiting-happen

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Federal Minister of Health says pharmaceutical heroin a potential lifesaver in opioid epidemic
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/philpott-heroin-addiction-opioids-1.4123233

Will Ottawa’s new plan lower Canada's high drug prices?
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-pays-some-of-the-highest-drug-prices-in-the-world-will-ottawas-new-plan-lower-them/article35073198/?cmpid=rss1

Health officials plan to add London, Ontario pharmacies to program that gives clean needles to drug users
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/22/health-officials-plan-to-add-london-pharmacies-to-program-that-gives-clean-needles-to-drug-users

After several years of low growth, public drug plan expenditures up sharply in 2015-16
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/after-several-years-of-low-growth-public-drug-plan-expenditures-up-sharply-in-2015-16-624117403.html

These doctors overprescribe antibiotics
https://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/which-doctors-overprescribe-antibiotics

Medication News

Marijuana extract helps some kids with epilepsy, study says
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/marijuana-extract-helps-some-kids-with-epilepsy-study-says-1.3428431

Rewriting Life - Drug Is First to Treat Cancer Based on Genetics, Not Location
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/607927/drug-is-first-to-treat-cancer-based-on-genetics-not-location/

Miscellaneous

Kids of anti-vaccination parents stigmatized more than their parents: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/kids-of-anti-vaccination-parents-stigmatized-more-than-their-parents-study-1.3425372

Advice for new pharmacy grads: Keep studying!
http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/advice-for-new-pharmacy-grads-keep-studying/pharmaceutical

Pharmacy vital but overlooked in palliative care
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacy-vital-overlooked-palliative-care/

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Ethiopian wins top WHO job
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40010522

Need a Leader for Your Organization? Hire a Pharmacy Manager!
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/jason-poquette/2017/05/need-a-leader-for-your-organization-hire-a-pharmacy-manager

Pharmacist impact on pediatric vaccination errors and missed opportunities in clinical decision support
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1544319117301243

Most pharmacists want stricter workload limits
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacists-want-stricter-workload-limits/

Chocolate tied to decreased risk of irregular heart rhythm
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-cario-chocolate-afib-idUSKBN18J351

Living Longer with HIV: Watch for Metabolic Complications
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/hiv/living-longer-with-hiv-watch-for-metabolic-complications

May/June edition of Pharmacy Business magazine is now available
http://digitalmedia.pharmacyu.ca/PB2017May/index.html?miniPop=false

Practice Change & News

What health care providers should know about medication during Ramadan
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/medication-during-ramadan-2017-1.4119666                                                                          

Community Pharmacist Availability Reduces Influenza Burden
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/flu/community-pharmacist-availability-reduces-influenza-burden

International Developments

Amazon Faces Tough Fight Against Walgreens And CVS If It Enters Pharmacy Business
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2017/05/18/amazon-faces-tough-time-against-walgreens-and-cvs/#7048d461e3f3

Italy makes childhood vaccinations compulsory
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/italy-makes-childhood-vaccinations-compulsory-1.3421287

New York county sues Purdue, J&J over opioid marketing
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-york-opioid-idUSKCN18B2NC

14 teams will compete in the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s 2017 National Student Business Plan Competition
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/2017/14-teams-fight-for-ultimate-business-plan-title

Idaho Becomes Fifth State to Allow Psychologists to Prescribe Medications
http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/04/idaho-psychologists-medications.aspx

High-dose ibuprofen set to become pharmacist-only in Australia
https://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/high-dose-modified-release-ibuprofen-set-to-become

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Drug checks at Vancouver supervised injection site found 80% contained fentanyl
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/drug-checks-at-vancouver-supervised-injection-site-found-80-contained-fentanyl

Canadian Health Minister launches high drug price consultations
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/drug-prices-1.4117439

How Untreated Depression Contributes to the Opioid Epidemic
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/05/is-depression-contributing-to-the-opioid-epidemic/526560/ 

Unauthorized sexual enhancement products seized from Yonge and John Medical Pharmacy in Thornhill, ON
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/advisory---unauthorized-sexual-enhancement-products-seized-from-yonge-and-john-medical-pharmacy-in-thornhill-on-622377203.html

Doctors should ‘admit’ patients to hospital if they can’t afford drugs, experts urge
http://news.nationalpost.com/health/doctors-should-admit-patients-to-hospital-if-they-cant-afford-drugs-experts-urge

Almost 2 million Ontarians given opioids despite calls to curtail prescribing
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/almost-2-million-ontarians-given-opioids-despite-calls-to-curtail-prescribing-1.3417156

Homeopathic remedies in legal hot water in U.S. but face scant Canadian pushback
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/us-homeopath-class-action-1.4102161

Uniprix shareholders approve proposed acquisition by McKesson Canada
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/uniprix-shareholders-approve-proposed-acquisition-mckesson-canada

G20 health ministers seek to avert return to "pre-penicillin era"
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-germany-health-idUSKCN18E1AS

Campaign urges people to lock up prescription drugs
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-campaign-lock-up-prescription-drugs-1.4115334

Taking abortion pills at home as safe as in a clinic, study finds
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/taking-abortion-pills-at-home-as-safe-as-in-a-clinic-study/ 

Opioid conflict-of-interest controversy reveals extent of big pharma's ties to doctors
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/opioid-pain-philpott-mcmaster-university-purdue-pharma-drug-industry-conflict-1.4121956 

A look at the prevalence of cost-control measures in private drug plans
http://www.benefitscanada.com/news/bc-f2fv-pot-2-98138

Abortion pills hard to find in Nova Scotia
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1469704-abortion-pills-hard-to-find-in-n.s.

Medication News

University of Saskatchewan Leading Research on Smart Cancer Drugs
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/our-stories/leading-research-on-smart-cancer-drugs

HPV vaccine for men may cut oral infection risk: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/hpv-vaccine-for-men-may-cut-oral-infection-risk-study-1.3418902

Despite new options, many at risk for stroke don’t get anti-clotting drugs
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-afib-anticoagulants-usa-idUSKCN18D2ET

Suicide by insulin a risk in people with diabetes
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/suicide-by-insulin-can-be-missed-in-people-with-diabetes/

Miscellaneous

'All they have to manage pain is their prescription pad': Doctors on front line of opioid crisis
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/doctors-opioid-epidemic-1.4108487

The Case for Indications on Prescriptions
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/case-indications-prescriptions

New study suggests that the war on drugs is a leading factor in HIV/AIDS deaths and infection among people who use injection drugs
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/new-study-suggests-that-the-war-on-drugs-is-a-leading-factor-in-hivaids-deaths-and-infection-among-people-who-use-injection-drugs-622522014.html

With mental health problems, fitness is tied to reduced risk of death
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-fitness-mental-idUSKCN18F1Z0

How to Deal With Your Worst Customers
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/how-deal-your-worst-customers

Pharmasave to host screenings, patient education about high blood pressure
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/pharmasave-host-screenings-patient-education-about-high-blood-pressure

Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada Announces John Tse as Recipient of Len Marks Pharmacy Advancement Award and Jaiveer Singh as Recipient of the Distinguished Associate of the Year 2017
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/neighbourhood-pharmacy-association-of-canada-announces-john-tse-as-recipient-of-len-marks-pharmacy-advancement-award-and-jaiveer-singh-as-recipient-of-the-distinguished-associate-of-the-year-2017-622958664.html

Generic Prescribing Increased When Sales Rep Influence Was Limited
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/study-generic-prescribing-increased-when-sales-rep-influence-was-limited

Instagram ranked worst for young people’s mental health
https://www.rsph.org.uk/about-us/news/instagram-ranked-worst-for-young-people-s-mental-health.html

International Developments

Irish consumers want more pharmacy services – but the country is facing a shortage of community pharmacists
https://ajp.com.au/news/scope-practice-limit-shortage-threat-irish-pharmacy/

From 50 to 1, the Best and Worst Pharmacist Salaries by US State
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/50-1-best-and-worst-pharmacist-salaries-state

Australian budget offers security for community pharmacy but misses mark on pharmacists’ primary healthcare role
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/budget-offers-security-for-community-pharmacy-but-misses-mark-on-pharmacists-primary-healthcare-rol 

Chilean pharmacies begin marijuana medicine sales in first for Latam
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-marijuana-idUSKBN1862OE

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Country in crisis: New opioid prescribing guidelines released
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/opioid-guidelines-1.4102131

Chronic pain patients fear being collateral damage of new opioid guidelines
http://globalnews.ca/video/3433567/chronic-pain-patients-fear-being-collateral-damage-of-new-opioid-guidelines

Side-effects emerge after approval for many U.S. drugs
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/drug-side-effects-1.4106721

WHO wants transparency, market revamp for fairer drug pricing
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pharmaceuticals-pricing-idUSKBN1872PD

Federal Liberals falling short on pot, pharmacare policies
http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/7294954-federal-liberals-falling-short-on-pot-pharmacare-policies/

Medication News

Many seniors getting antibiotic prescriptions they don't need: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/many-seniors-getting-antibiotic-prescriptions-they-don-t-need-study-1.3405346

Unproven homeopathic remedies for kids still promising relief despite new label rules
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/homeopathic-labels-marketplace-1.4104417

Reality check: Is it safe to use an expired EpiPen in the event of anaphylaxis?
http://globalnews.ca/news/3438317/reality-check-is-it-safe-to-use-an-expired-epipen-in-the-event-of-anaphylaxis/

Heart attack risks from common painkillers may start early, study finds
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/nsaid-heart-attack-risk-1.4107177

Miscellaneous

How to improve Indigenous health? Address jurisdictional disputes
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/how-to-improve-indigenous-health-address-jurisdictional-disputes/article34928858/

How can pharmacy help with drug plan sustainability?
http://www.benefitscanada.com/news/how-can-pharmacy-help-with-drug-plan-sustainability-97640

Daily dose of cannabis extract could reverse brain's decline in old age, study suggests
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/08/daily-dose-of-cannabis-extract-could-reverse-brains-decline-in-old-age-study-suggests-thc

Canadians spend $33B annually to care for aging parents: study
http://globalnews.ca/news/3433963/cost-caring-aging-parents/

Loblaw focused on dispensing medical marijuana, open to recreational
http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/loblaw-focused-on-dispensing-medical-marijuana-open-to-recreational-1.3398456

Researchers have ditched the autism-vaccine theory. Here’s what they think actually causes it.
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/5/11/15508006/what-causes-autism-spectrum-disorder-vaccine-theory

HIV life expectancy 'near normal' thanks to new drugs
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39872530

Saskatchewan Health Authority to be located in Saskatoon
http://globalnews.ca/news/3434656/saskatchewan-health-authority-saskatoon-jim-reiter-greg-ottenbreit/

A staggering 386 tonnes of unwanted medications in Canada safely destroyed in 2016
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/a-staggering-386-tonnes-of-unwanted-medications-safely-destroyed-in-2016-621737693.html

Why Minnesota lost a battle against anti-vaccine campaigners; a public health official explains how a local Somali community got hit with a measles outbreak
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/5/10/15591410/minnesota-measles-anti-vaccine-public-health-lessons

You can now check yourself for STIs at home
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/you-can-now-check-yourself-for-stis-at-home-1.3410445

More babies being born with opioid addictions
http://www.citynews.ca/2017/05/11/more-babies-being-born-with-opioid-addictions/

Practice Change & News

In memorium: Dr. Adil J. Nazarali
https://pharmacy-nutrition.usask.ca/news/2017/in-memorium-dr.-adil-j.-nazarali.php

GP pharmacists provide “superpowers” in healthcare teams
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/gp-pharmacists-provide-superpowers-in-healthcare-teams

International Developments

Australian government strengthening crackdown on non-immunising parents through its "No Jab, No Pay" policy
https://ajp.com.au/news/government-cracks-non-immunising-parents/

Boots UK rolls out £35 mole scanning service across 50 stores
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/boots-offers-mole-scanning-service-50-stores

Australian pharmacist wins case against decades-old rule; given the right to run a dispensary and sell groceries
https://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/pharmacist-wins-case-against-decades-old-rule

Kmart Pharmacy to conduct free memory screenings in May
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/kmart-pharmacy-conduct-free-memory-screenings-may

Mexican Congress approves use of medical marijuana
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-marijuana-idUSKBN17U2ZJ

Trump: Slash the health research budget. Congress: No.
https://www.vox.com/2017/5/1/15499450/trump-budget-2017-nih-cuts

Pfizer to give out breast cancer drug free while awaiting NHS decision
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/04/breast-cancer-drug-free-pfizer-nhs-decision

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

FIP calls on pharmacy leaders to transform the workforce as it releases 67 statements on pharmaceutical education
http://www.fip.org/www/index.php?page=news_publications&news=newsitem&newsitem=244

Sydney, Nova Scotia pharmacist disciplined after baking marijuana cookies for patient
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/sydney-pharmacist-disciplined-over-marijuana-cookies-1.4094979

Loblaw CEO Galen Weston says company is watching marijuana legislation
http://www.obj.ca/article/loblaw-ceo-galen-weston-says-company-watching-marijuana-legislation

New law aims to reduce drug deaths by encouraging people to report overdoses
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-law-aims-to-reduce-drug-deaths-by-encouraging-people-to-report-overdoses-1.3398762

Fair pricing or pricing for profit? Governments face hard decisions given rising drug prices
http://cmajnews.com/2017/05/03/fair-pricing-or-pricing-for-profit-cmaj-109-5429/

OxyContin maker agrees to $20M settlement in Canadian class-action case
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/oxycontin-class-action-1.4093781

Medication News

Depression eased when ketamine prescribed for pain, U.S. team finds
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/ketamine-depression-1.4098253

Miscellaneous

How to use a naloxone kit
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/how-to-use-naloxone-kit-1.4089952

500,000 Canadians miss work each week due to mental health concerns
http://globalnews.ca/news/3424053/500000-canadians-miss-work-each-week-due-to-mental-health-concerns/

Pharmacists are best equipped to personalize medications based on patient's DNA, says Canadian expert
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/pharmacists-are-best-equipped-to-personalize-medications-based-on-patients-dna-says-canadian-expert-620978623.html

'Wild West' mental health apps offer both gold and 'digital snake oil'
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/mental-health-apps-1.4101201

Project to avoid medication errors at long-term care admission gets funding
http://www.therecord.com/news-story/7271572-project-to-avoid-medication-errors-at-long-term-care-admission-gets-funding/

Celebrating the Invaluable Knowledge and Expertise of ID Specialist PharmD’s
http://blogs.jwatch.org/hiv-id-observations/index.php/celebrating-invaluable-knowledge-expertise-id-specialist-pharmds/2017/04/30/

Type 2 diabetes can be reversed, say Canadian researchers
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/type-2-diabetes-can-be-reversed-say-canadian-researchers-1.3399207

‘Mirena baby’ photographed clutching his mother’s IUD after birth
http://globalnews.ca/news/3426080/baby-iud-hand-birth/

Mindfulness meditation may work differently for men and women
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-meditation-genders-idUSKBN1802IB

Practice Change & News

Expanding Pharmacy Services Could Save Canada’s Health Care System Billions of Dollars By 2035
http://www.conferenceboard.ca/press/newsrelease/17-04-25/expanding_pharmacy_services_could_save_canada_s_health_care_system_billions_of_dollars_by_2035.aspx

Patients using pharmacy loyalty programs more likely to stick with medication, University of Alberta study
http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/patients-using-pharmacy-loyalty-programs-more-likely-to-stick-with-medication-university-of-alberta-study-finds

International Developments

Medicaid Could Have Saved $1 Billion If Medical Marijuana Was Legalized
https://www.forbes.com/sites/debraborchardt/2017/04/21/medicaid-could-have-saved-1-billion-if-medical-marijuana-was-legalized/#5c7749d87c57

California doctors, pharmacists charged in $40 million kickback scheme
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-doctors-pharmacists-charged-millions-in-kickback-scheme/

A huge pharma middleman just lost its biggest customer — and it shows how drug pricing really works
http://www.businessinsider.com/express-scripts-esrx-anthem-not-renewing-pbm-2017-4

CVS study: Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/cvs-study-prescription-drug-abuse-growing-problem

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Emergency opioid treatment NARCAN™ Nasal Spray added to NIHB Program in Canada
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/emergency-opioid-treatment-narcan-nasal-spray-added-to-nihb-program-in-canada-620228693.html

Windsor police pitch new tools to fight pharmacy robberies
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/windsor-police-pitch-new-tools-to-fight-pharmacy-robberies-1.4087520?cmp=rss

New Recommendation Drops the Number of HPV Shots for Children from Three to Two
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/node/435007 

Ontario budget 2017: Free prescription drugs for anyone under 25, a first of its kind, Liberals say
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/budget-2017-sidebar-1.4086229

Reducing inappropriate prescribing easier said than done
http://cmajnews.com/2017/04/25/reducing-inappropriate-prescribing-easier-said-than-done-cmaj-109-5427/

Stronger Measles Vaccination Exemption Policies Reduce the Likelihood of an Outbreak
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/node/435010

Medical marijuana middlemen: How specialty clinics cash in on legal prescriptions
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/medical-marijuana-prescription-clinics-1.4086351

Medication News

Canada can learn from U.S. attack on high drug prices
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/04/27/canada-can-learn-from-us-attack-on-high-drug-prices.html

University of California, Davis dispenses morning-after pill in vending machine
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/college-dispenses-morning-after-pill-in-vending-machine/

Miscellaneous

University of Saskatchewan and Apotex renew partnership with $1.6M donation to the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition
https://pharmacy-nutrition.usask.ca/news/2017/u-of-s,-apotex-renew-partnership-with-1.6m-donation-to-the-college-of-pharmacy-and-nutrition.php

Marijuana for pain relief? Prescribing is clouded by lack of research
http://healthydebate.ca/personal-health-navigator/marijuana-pain-relief

Here’s how your selfie could one day affect your life insurance
http://globalnews.ca/news/3395991/heres-how-your-selfie-could-one-day-affect-your-life-insurance/

Who’s really to blame for Canada’s falling vaccination rates? It’s not just anti-vaxxers, report says
http://globalnews.ca/news/3409038/whos-really-to-blame-for-canadas-falling-vaccination-rates-its-not-only-anti-vaxxers-report-says/

Heart Attack Survivors Often Fail to Take Statins
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/well/live/heart-attack-survivors-often-fail-to-take-statins.html

Patient engagement a new frontier for drug makers
http://healthydebate.ca/2017/04/topic/pharma-patient-engagement

Practice Change & News

Victoria pharmacist using DNA to manage patient medications
http://www.vicnews.com/news/victoria-pharmacist-using-dna-to-manage-patient-medications/

Pharmacy distributors want in on Canada's legalized marijuana regime
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/pharmacy-distributors-want-in-on-canada-s-legalized-marijuana-regime-1.3375703

International Developments

Quick-thinking CVS pharmacist saves customer
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cvs-pharmacist-saves-man-having-food-allergy-epipen/

Walgreens Clinics Launching STI Testing Services
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/walgreens-clinics-launching-sti-testing-services

Over 221k more flu vaccinations administered by UK community pharmacists during 2016/17
http://psnc.org.uk/our-news/over-221k-more-flu-vaccinations-administered-by-community-pharmacists-during-201617/

Albertsons produces first pharmacy tech in the US to administer immunization
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/albertsons-produces-first-pharmacy-tech-nation-administer-immunization

Cherokee Nation files first-of-its-kind opioid lawsuit against Wal-mart, CVS, Walgreens
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cherokee-nation-opioid-lawsuit-cvs-walgreens-wal-mart-drug-stores/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Canadian Pharmacists feel left out of marijuana legislation
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/canadian-pharmacists-left-out-marijuana-legislation

Gates backs Big Pharma push to wipe out tropical diseases
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-tropical-who-idUSKBN17K2ME

Abortion pill cost should be covered, expert panel recommends
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/abortion-pill-cost-should-be-covered-expert-panel-recommends-1.4077823

Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada backs Rx workplace study
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/neighbourhood-pharmacies-backs-rx-workplace-study/

Medication News

Antidepressants in pregnancy not autism, ADHD risk
https://ajp.com.au/news/antidepressants-pregnancy-not-autism-adhd-risk/

Manitoba scientists develop 1st new antibiotic in decades
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/manitoba-scientists-develop-1st-new-antibiotic-in-decades-1.3376016

Don't give kids medicine with codeine or tramadol, FDA warns
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pain-medicine-with-codeine-tramadol-dangerous-for-kids-fda-warns/

Miscellaneous

Canada eradicated measles in 1998 — so why is it making a comeback?
http://news.nationalpost.com/health/canada-eradicated-measles-in-1998-so-why-is-it-making-a-comeback

The mentally ill must be part of the assisted-dying debate in Canada
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/the-mentally-ill-must-be-part-of-the-assisted-dying-debate/article34721896/

Mental health: moving beyond just medication
http://healthydebate.ca/2017/04/topic/mental-health-disorders

Canadians believe sugar, fat more harmful than marijuana: survey
http://business.financialpost.com/news/canadians-believe-sugar-fat-more-harmful-than-marijuana-survey

Prince William says keeping a stiff upper lip can damage health
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39625897

Little-known disorder looks just like dementia -- but can be reversed
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/little-known-disorder-looks-just-like-dementia-but-can-be-reversed-1.3373866

Mindfulness May Rival Talk Therapy For A Variety Of Mental Health Issues
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2017/04/18/mindfulness-may-rival-talk-therapy-for-a-variety-of-mental-health-issues/#74b07bb669aa 

1,300 Canadians have died with medical assistance since legalization — here's one man's story
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/medically-assisted-dying-canadians-rob-rollins-1.4056700

Mental health support funding for northern Saskatchewan First Nations
http://globalnews.ca/news/3389611/mental-health-support-funding-for-northern-saskatchewan-first-nations/

Why pharmacies need to adopt stress management policies
https://ajp.com.au/news/stressed-out/

Senior turning to cannabis for relief - an businesses are all in
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/seniors-turning-to-cannabis-for-relief-and-businesses-are-all-in/article34760076/

Practice Change & News

Ontario Pharmacists Association appoints CEO
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/42219-2/

International Developments

Doctor tells U.S. court drug not suitable for Arkansas executions
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-arkansas-execution-idUSKBN17E2GE 

CVS teams with Truth Initiative to stamp out tobacco use at college campuses
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/cvs-teams-truth-initiative-stamp-out-tobacco-use-college-campuses

Walgreens: Late-to-refill reminder calls have impact
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/walgreens-late-to-refill-reminder-calls-have-impact/ 

Maryland lawmakers approve bill to fight drug price-gouging
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-maryland-drugs-idUSKBN17D2O6

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

McKesson Canada Announces Plan to Acquire Uniprix, Strengthening the Future of Independent Pharmacy in Quebec
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/mckesson-canada-announces-plan-to-acquire-uniprix-strengthening-the-future-of-independent-pharmacy-in-quebec-619282964.html

High-price specialty drugs dominate international new drug launches and sales in 2015
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/high-price-specialty-drugs-dominate-international-new-drug-launches-and-sales-in-2015-619180004.html

Medication News

Microdosing: The people taking LSD with their breakfast
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39516345

Miscellaneous

45% of pain, anxiety patients stop benzodiazepines after a year using marijuana: study
http://www.benefitscanada.com/benefits/health-benefits/45-of-pain-anxiety-patients-stop-benzodiazepines-after-a-year-using-cannabis-study-96469

Amid national opioid crisis, Dalhousie teaches doctors how to prescribe safely
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/dalhousie-medical-school-doctors-residents-opioid-prescribing-1.4065860

‘High-functioning’ anxiety: it’s not a diagnosis, but many say it’s real
http://globalnews.ca/news/3356596/high-functioning-anxiety-signs/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

Shoppers Drug Mart launches proven add-on drug plan for Canada employers
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/shoppers-drug-mart-launches-proven-add-drug-plan-canada-employers 

Older adults may lose ability to manage money and medications
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-elderly-money-medications-idUSKBN17E2GY

Ban on artery-clogging trans fats has reduced the number of heart attacks and strokes in New York: study
http://news.nationalpost.com/health/ban-on-artery-clogging-trans-fats-has-reduced-the-number-of-heart-attacks-and-strokes-in-new-york-study

Montreal trailblazer in HIV/AIDS research dies in Florida
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/mark-wainberg-montreal-aids-research-dies-2017-1.4067843

As people age, the factors that drive depression may shift
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-depression-risk-trajectory-idUSKBN17F1V5

Practice Change & News

Pharmacists hope to further expand their role in health-care system
http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/pharmacists-hope-to-further-expand-their-role-in-health-care-system

International Developments

The number of pharmacists continues to climb in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacy-latest-stats/

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Pharmacists Association have developed an online training tool for pharmacists on older adult fall prevention
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/apha-cdc-team-fall-risk-training-pharmacists

‘Fantastic’ flu vaccine effort by community pharmacy in England
http://www.thepharmacist.co.uk/news/latest-news/fantastic-flu-vaccine-effort-by-community-pharmacy/

Vaccine credited with HPV virus reduction in Scotland
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-39493859

Israel's medical marijuana pioneers look to cash in on $20bn market
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/03/israels-medical-marijuana-pioneers-look-to-cash-in-on-20bn-market

Uruguay gives pharmacies green light to start selling marijuana
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uruguay-cannabis-idUSKBN17902X 

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Canada joins recall of EpiPens
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/us-epipen-recall-1.4051059

Thalidomide was a disaster. And it’s available in Canada again.
http://www.macleans.ca/society/health/thalidomide-was-a-disaster-and-its-available-in-canada-again/

Unvaccinated children account for majority of pediatric flu deaths: study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/unvaccinated-children-account-for-majority-of-pediatric-flu-deaths-study-1.3352354

The Health Economics of Medical Pot and the Pharmacist’s Role
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/health-economics-medical-pot-and-pharmacist-s-role

Experts want special clinics to prescribe ketamine as antidepressant
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-depression-ketamine-idUSKBN17730D

New Brunswick to provide abortion pill Mifegymiso free of charge
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/new-brunswick-to-be-first-province-to-offer-abortion-pill-mifegymiso-for-free/article34581395/

Common drug (antimuscarinics) linked to depression
http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/news/latest-news/common-drug-linked-to-depression 

Stopping “steady stream” of overdose deaths a public health priority
http://cmajnews.com/2017/04/05/stopping-steady-stream-of-overdose-deaths-a-public-health-priority-cmaj-109-5416/ 

The crackdown on opioid prescriptions is leaving chronic pain patients in limbo
http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/4/7/14738292/crackdown-opioid-prescriptions-chronic-pain

Addicts Who Can't Get Opioids Are Overdosing on a Diarrhea Drug
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/04/opioids-diarrhea-drugs-imodium/522195/

Medication News

The cost of cancer: new drugs show success at a steep price
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-cancer-costs-idUSKBN1750FU

Advil, Tylenol and other over-the-counter painkillers come with risks
https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2017/04/03/advil-tylenol-and-other-over-the-counter-painkillers-come-with-risks.html

Miscellaneous

Shoppers, Loblaw employees covered for medical marijuana
https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/03/30/shoppers-loblaw-employees-covered-for-medical-marijuana.html

'Slavery': Former ER doctor opens up about opioid addiction
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/slavery-former-er-doctor-opens-up-about-opioid-addiction-1.3351362

Experts urge huge expansion of online therapy for mental illness
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-psychiatry-online-idUSKBN1752MP

Health care decisions at the drugstore
http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/edmonton-am/segment/12191682

Travelling overseas? Check if measles vaccinations up to date, Canada's top doctor advises
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/measles-travel-1.4054351

As More Canadian Provinces Mandate Error Reporting, U.S. Experts Call for Similar Laws
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/more-canadian-provinces-mandate-error-reporting-us-experts-call-similar-laws

New Brunswick pharmacists look to expand role again
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/programs/shift/pharmacists-look-to-expand-role-again-1.4053663

Common virus could trigger celiac disease, study suggests
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/common-virus-could-trigger-celiac-disease-study-suggests-1.3357750

World Health Day 2017: Why the WHO chose depression as its focus this year
http://globalnews.ca/news/3359151/world-health-day-2017-why-the-who-chose-depression-as-its-focus-this-year/

How depression can lead to heart disease
http://healthydebate.ca/personal-health-navigator/19560

Canadians are undervaccinated. And now we're paying for it.
http://www.metronews.ca/views/citizen-scientist/2017/04/06/canadians-are-under-vaccinated-and-paying-for-with-measles.html

Practice Change & News

A tribute to the pharmacist
http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2017/03/a-tribute-to-the-pharmacist.html

Pharmacist care for patients with hypertension would save Canada's health care system more than $15.7 billion
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/pharmacist-care-for-patients-with-hypertension-would-save-canadas-health-care-system-more-than-157-billion-617441493.html

International Developments

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia: Screening services in pharmacies must be evidence-based
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/screening-services-in-pharmacies-must-be-evidence-based

Arkansas House passes bill requiring pharmacist consultants at pot dispensaries
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/ark-house-passes-bill-requiring-pharmacist-consultants-pot-dispensaries

US opioid epidemic linked to economic despair
https://ajp.com.au/news/us-opioid-epidemic-linked-economic-despair/

In states that legalized medical marijuana, U.S. hospitals failed to see a predicted influx of pot smokers, but in an unexpected twist, they treated far fewer opioid users, a new study shows
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-addiction-medical-marijuana-idUSKBN16Y2HV

NACDS, NCPA file suit against Washington state; rule would pay pharmacies below cost for Medicaid scripts
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/nacds-ncpa-file-suit-against-washington-state/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Prescriptions for painkillers still rising in Canada despite opioid crisis
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/prescriptions-for-painkillers-still-rising-in-canada-despite-opioidcrisis/article34431838/

PureCare skin care cream sold for children contains prescription steroid, Health Canada warns
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/pure-care-1.4043686

Canada wins legal battle to set drug patent rules
http://cmajnews.com/2017/03/28/canada-wins-legal-battle-to-set-patent-rules-cmaj-109-5168/

Patients in Saskatchewan to receive expanded hepatitis C drug coverage
http://globalnews.ca/news/3343289/patients-in-saskatchewan-to-receive-expanded-hepatitis-c-drug-coverage/

Abortion pill available in less than half of all Canadian provinces three months after rollout
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/abortion-pill-available-in-less-than-half-of-all-canadian-provinces-three-months-after-rollout

Addiction Specialists Ponder a Potential Aid: Pot
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/health/marijuana-drug-addiction-treatment.html

Medication News

FDA approves 1st drug for aggressive multiple sclerosis
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/fda-approves-1st-drug-for-aggressive-multiple-sclerosis-1.3345777

Miscellaneous

Pharmacists come to the rescue as woman has severe allergic reaction
http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/pharmacists-come-to-the-rescue-as-woman-has-severe-allergic-reaction-1.3344643

What’s the pharmacist’s role in mental health?
http://pharmacyu.ca/2017/03/28/whats-the-pharmacists-role-in-mental-health/

This mom lost her child due to a prescription error
http://www.ctv.ca/YourMorning/Articles/March-2017/Doctors-push-for-mandatory-reporting-for-prescript

Pharmacists with greater role in care prevent repeat hospital visits
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170316093035.htm

'Let's Talk', WHO says, as depression rates rise 18% in a decade
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/depression-who-1.4047509

Pharmacists 'can do more'
http://www.saultstar.com/2017/03/30/pharmacists-can-do-more

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