Pharmacy Round Up

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

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

International Developments

US FDA approves first drug to treat MS in pediatric patients
https://www.drugstorenews.com/pharmacy/fda-approves-first-drug-to-treat-ms-in-pediatric-patients/

My Health Record (MHR) a ‘game changer’ for Australian pharmacist participation
https://ajp.com.au/news/mhr-a-game-changer-for-pharmacists-participation/ 

European Union law forcing pharmacies to scan drugs could reduce ‘look-alike’ errors
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/fmd-could-help-virtually-eliminate-look-alike-sound-alike-issues

Pharmacists vital to reducing psychotropics use in aged care in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacists-vital-to-reducing-psychotropics-use-in-aged-care/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Canadian drug policy expert says it’s time to legalize all drugs
https://globalnews.ca/news/4202577/legalize-drugs-opioid-crisis-health-addiction/

New pressure on Newfoundland and Labrador to cover abortion pill
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-pressure-on-newfoundland-and-labrador-to-cover-abortion-pill-1.3932662 

Medication News

High Concentrations of Vitamin D Linked to Lower Rates of Diabetes
http://www.drugtopics.com/diabetes-pharmacy/high-concentrations-vitamin-d-linked-lower-rates-diabetes 

Seniors in long-term care facilities twice as likely to be on opioids: report
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/seniors-in-long-term-care-facilities-twice-as-likely-to-be-on-opioids-report-1.3933810

The U.S. Has Approved the 1st Drug Developed to Prevent Chronic Migraines
http://time.com/5282084/fda-approves-migraine-drug-aimovig/

Miscellaneous

Is bipolar disorder linked to gut bacteria? Toronto doctor studies new treatment
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/is-bipolar-disorder-linked-to-gut-bacteria-toronto-doctor-studies-new-treatment-1.3927277

Ramadan, Medications, and the Pharmacist
http://www.drugtopics.com/community-pharmacy/ramadan-medications-and-pharmacist

Michael Pollan on testing psychedelics as a treatment for depression
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/michael-pollan-on-testing-psychedelics-as-a-treatment-for-depression/

Why doctors should prescribe 'exercise medicine' to cancer patients
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/why-doctors-should-prescribe-exercise-medicine-to-cancer-patients-1.3930570

Expert advice: pharmacist, in-store dietitian team can make a big impression with shoppers
https://www.drugstorenews.com/retail-news/expert-advice-pharmacist-in-store-dietitian-team-can-make-a-big-impression-with-shoppers/

Pharmacists Could Be Solution to Drug Shortages
http://www.drugtopics.com/pharmacy-associations/pharmacists-could-be-solution-drug-shortages

Social Media Risks for Small Business
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/qld/social-media-risks-for-small-business 

Drug target for curing the common cold
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-44107481 

The WHO just waged a global war on trans fats. Here’s why.
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/5/14/17346108/trans-fats-food-world-health-organization-bloomberg-gates

B.C. brings doctor fees for assisted dying in line with rest of Canada
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/assisted-dying-maid-fees-bc-2018-1.4668383 

Multiple sclerosis and mental health: ‘The depression is there and it follows me around’
https://globalnews.ca/news/4194258/multiple-sclerosis-mental-health-depression-anxiety/

How to Deal with Pharmacy Robbery
http://www.drugtopics.com/community-pharmacy/how-deal-pharmacy-robbery

Kim Kardashian is promoting 'appetite suppressant lollipops,' but they're bad for body image and don't work
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/kim-kardashian-promoting-appetite-suppressing-lollipops-theyre-bad-body-image-dont-work-165930496.html 

This Will Change Your Mind About Psychedelic Drugs
http://time.com/5278036/michael-pollan-psychedelic-drugs/

International Developments

Pharmacist prescribing moves forward in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacist-prescribing-moves-forward/

How can UK pharmacists prepare for a role as a GP pharmacist?
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/feature/practice-pharmacist-interview 

Walmart (US) intros new measures to help curb opioid abuse
https://www.chaindrugreview.com/walmart-introduces-additional-measures-to-help-curb-opioid-abuse-and-misuse/

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme has been confirmed as the most fiscally sustainable component of the Australian health system
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/forefront/v08n09/2018-federal-budget-edition

CVS To Buy Fred's Specialty Pharmacy Business
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2018/05/07/cvs-to-buy-freds-specialty-pharmacy-business/?ss=pharma-healthcare#719478f1620 

FDA declares EpiPen shortage across much of the US
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/epipen-shortage-2018-05-09-fda/

Are There Too Many Pharmacists in the US?
http://drugtopics.com/pharmacy/are-there-too-many-pharmacists

The true story of America’s sky-high prescription drug prices
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2016/11/30/12945756/prescription-drug-prices-explained 

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

‘We just simply have our doubts:’ Alberta College of Pharmacists questions effectiveness of standardized warnings for prescription opioids

https://www.thestar.com/calgary/2018/05/06/we-just-simply-have-our-doubts-alberta-college-of-pharmacists-questions-effectiveness-of-standardized-warnings-for-prescription-opioids.html 

Victoria woman claims she became pregnant before being warned about recalled birth control pills
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/victoria-woman-claims-she-became-pregnant-before-being-warned-about-recalled-birth-control-pills-1.4649827

The incredibly frustrating reason there’s no Lyme disease vaccine
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/5/7/17314716/lyme-disease-vaccine-history-effectiveness

The Conference Board of Canada launches National Pharmacare Initiative
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/the-conference-board-of-canada-launches-national-pharmacare-initiative-682275832.html

‘A price tag on kids’ lives’: Peterborough parents raise awareness of costly drug for daughter’s rare disease
https://globalnews.ca/news/4199010/family-raise-awareness-costly-drug-rare-disease/ 

Pharmacists can help improve the supply chain, says FIP
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacists-can-help-improve-the-supply-chain-says-fip/ 

Metro completes Jean Coutu acquisition
https://www.chaindrugreview.com/metro-completes-coutu-acquisition/

Medication News

A Genetic Test Could Help Predict the Right Antidepressant For You
http://time.com/5267401/genetic-test-antidepressant/

Quebec Government makes NARCAN™ Nasal Spray free to anyone 14 years or older through Free naloxone program
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/quebec-government-makes-narcan-nasal-spray-free-to-anyone-14-years-or-older-through-free-naloxone-program-682196841.html

Antibiotics may raise the risk for kidney stones
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/10/well/antibiotics-may-raise-the-risk-for-kidney-stones.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth

This Osteoporosis Drug Has a Surprising Side-Effect. Scientists Say It Could Cure Baldness
http://time.com/5272079/baldness-new-cure-osteoporosis/

Miscellaneous

Check up on your mental health by asking yourself these questions
https://globalnews.ca/news/4191645/test-your-own-mental-health/

Increasing Pneumococcal Vaccine Uptake in Rural Areas: Pharmacies May Be Key
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/immunization/increasing-pneumococcal-vaccine-uptake-in-rural-areas-pharmacies-may-be-key 

It's Time for Pharmacists to Carve Out a New Role
http://www.drugtopics.com/viewpoints/its-time-pharmacists-carve-out-new-role

Nearly 100,000 registered to donate organs in wake of Humboldt Broncos crash
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/nearly-100-000-registered-to-donate-organs-in-wake-of-humboldt-broncos-crash-1.3919789

Federal investment helps bring vaccine manufacturing facility to Saskatoon
http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/vido-investment 

“Medutainment” — are doctors using patients to gain social media celebrity?
http://cmajnews.com/2018/05/07/medutainment-are-doctors-using-patients-to-gain-social-media-celebrity-cmaj-109-5603/

Cutting out grains cuts out important nutrient sources
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/cutting-out-grains-cuts-out-important-nutrient-sources-681905571.html

Mental health 'recovery college' opens in downtown Calgary
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/drop-in-mental-health-centre-opens-in-calgary-1.4654309

Scientist wants genetic test across Canada to gauge risks of kids' cancer drugs
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/scientist-wants-genetic-test-across-canada-to-gauge-risks-of-kids-cancer-drugs-1.3923292

Why are women still earning less than men in medicine?
http://cmajnews.com/2018/05/09/why-are-women-still-earning-less-than-men-in-medicine-cmaj-109-5576/

Depression Linked To Brain Changes, But It's Not All Bad: Study
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2018/05/10/depression-linked-to-brain-changes-but-its-not-all-bad-study/#63b004894ec6 

Why kids and teens may face far more anxiety these days
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/05/10/why-kids-and-teens-may-face-far-more-anxiety-these-days/?utm_term=.c612c215f159

It’s Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana’s Risks
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/07/upshot/its-time-for-a-new-discussion-of-marijuanas-risks.html

This Type of Exercise May Help Relieve Depression
http://time.com/5271079/resistance-training-depression/

Practice Change & News

Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan interview about pharmacist prescribing issues raised by the Saskatchewan Medical Association
https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1382999

International Developments

US State Regulations Hamper Potential from Pharmacist Vaccination
http://www.drugtopics.com/vaccination-and-immunization-resource-center/state-regulations-hamper-potential-pharmacist-vaccination 

Pharmacist prescribing by 2020 in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacist-prescribing-by-2020-jackson/

National Pharmacy Association (UK): 90% of patients want more pharmacy services
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/gallery/npa-90-patients-want-more-pharmacy-services 

Hormonal Contraceptive Prescribing By Pharmacists in the US: A Brief Overview
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/hormonal-contraceptive-prescribing-by-pharmacists-a-brief-overview

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Health Canada says sale of rabid dog saliva homeopathic remedy unauthorized
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-canada-says-sale-of-rabid-dog-saliva-homeopathic-remedy-unauthorized-1.3909149

Hundreds of Canadians die every year because they can’t afford medication: nurses’ union
https://globalnews.ca/news/4178908/deaths-pharmacare-prescription-drug-costs/

Is Ontario adding drug prices to EMRs?
http://cmajnews.com/2018/05/01/is-ontario-adding-drug-prices-to-emrs-cmaj-109-5561/ 

What your government can't tell you about drug prices
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/second-opinion-drug-price-secrecy-1.4646351 

For Expensive New Drugs, Biopharma Should Make Money-Back Guarantees Mandatory
https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnlamattina/2018/05/02/for-expensive-new-drugs-biopharma-should-make-money-back-guarantees-mandatory/?ss=pharma-healthcare#6d05cf855841

Medication News

Identifying Gluten-Free Medications to Help Patients with Celiac Disease
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/identifying-glutenfree-medications-to-help-patients-with-celiac-disease

Health Canada's prescription opioid stickers will warn of addiction risk
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/opioid-prescription-stickers-1.4644665

Convenient prefilled insulin pen with flexible half-unit dosing approved and available in Canada
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/convenient-prefilled-insulin-pen-with-flexible-half-unit-dosing-approved-and-available-in-canada-681619171.html 

Xanax: Children as young as 11 taking anxiety drug
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43431453 

Miscellaneous

Saskatchewan nurses want prescribing power to tackle opioid addiction
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/srna-opiod-prescriptions-1.4646256

Hypertension Canada releases list of recommended blood pressure devices
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/hypertension-canada-releases-list-of-recommended-blood-pressure-devices-1.3909741

'There was no hesitation': Why a couple married 73 years chose doctor-assisted death together
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-may-1-2018-1.4642084/there-was-no-hesitation-why-a-couple-married-73-years-chose-doctor-assisted-death-together-1.4639681

Why I Became a Board-Certified Geriatric Pharmacist
http://www.drugtopics.com/latest/why-i-became-board-certified-geriatric-pharmacist

Rexall to shutter 40 stores in Ontario and Western Canada
https://www.chaindrugreview.com/rexall-shutter-40-stores/ 

The 'nocebo effect': Is Googling your symptoms making them worse?
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-may-2-2018-1.4644450/the-nocebo-effect-is-googling-your-symptoms-making-them-worse-1.4644451

Portable device can detect fentanyl in street drugs within seconds: researchers
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/portable-device-can-detect-fentanyl-in-street-drugs-within-seconds-researchers-1.3914113

Hormonal Contraceptive Prescribing By Pharmacists: A Brief Overview
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/hormonal-contraceptive-prescribing-by-pharmacists-a-brief-overview

Top doctor in British Columbia calls for sanctions against chiropractor for anti-vaccine video
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/top-doctor-calls-for-sanctions-against-chiropractor-for-anti-vaccine-video-1.4645508 

Toronto researchers testing scalpel-free brain surgery to treat depression
https://globalnews.ca/news/4179955/depression-ultrasound-brain-surgery/

Dr. Oz is a quack. Now Trump’s appointing him to be a health adviser.
https://www.vox.com/2018/5/4/17318932/dr-oz-trump-council-sports-fitness-nutrition

International Developments

'Changing market entry rules risks pitting pharmacists against GPs' in the UK
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/opinion/changing-market-entry-rules-risks-pitting-gps-against-pharmacies

Changes Are Coming to Chain Pharmacy in the US
http://www.drugtopics.com/chains-business/changes-are-coming-chain-pharmacy

A third of Portuguese get flu jab in pharmacy
https://ajp.com.au/news/a-third-of-portuguese-get-flu-jab-in-pharmacy/ 

Boots (UK) pharmacists in predominantly patient-facing roles will have two weeks to vote on which union negotiates their pay, hours and working conditions
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/boots-pharmacists-given-deadline-decide-union-future
 

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Victoria teen's accidental overdose started with prescription drugs, parents say
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/victoria-teen-s-accidental-overdose-started-with-prescription-drugs-parents-say-1.3896096

Doctors call on Ottawa to launch criminal investigation into opioid marketing in Canada
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/second-opinion-opioid-investigation-1.4630488

Medication News

UK implements new ban on epilepsy drug in pregnancy
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43863191

For elderly, opioids tied to higher risk of fall-related injuries and deaths
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/opioid-falls-1.4633760

Migraine Drug Demonstrates Efficacy in Patients with Multiple Treatment Failures
https://www.specialtypharmacytimes.com/news/migraine-drug-demonstrates-efficacy-in-patients-with-multiple-treatment-failures

Dementia risk linked to some medicines
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43881209

Common Pain Relievers Beat Opioids for Dental Pain Relief
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/well/common-pain-relievers-beat-opioids-for-dental-pain-relief.html

Abortion pill prescribed more than 4,000 times in Canada last year
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/abortion-pill-prescribed-more-than-4-000-times-in-1st-year-of-drug-s-availability-in-canada-1.4636812 

Canadians with cancer have more options than ever, thanks to innovative new medicines
http://nationalpost.com/sponsored/research-innovation/canadians-with-cancer-have-more-options-than-ever-thanks-to-innovative-new-medicines

Miscellaneous

'Unprecedented' study finds 44 genetic risk factors for major depression
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/unprecedented-study-finds-44-genetic-risk-factors-for-major-depression-1.3903393

New Cree medical app teaches doctors and patients medical terms to communicate
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/cree-medical-app-1.4632173

Patients seeking more involvement at medical meetings
http://cmajnews.com/2018/04/24/patients-seeking-more-involvement-at-medical-meetings-cmaj-109-5597/ 

How Pharmacists Can Help Frail Patients
http://www.drugtopics.com/top-news/how-pharmacists-can-help-frail-patients

Health Canada launching probe after Victoria homeopath treats boy with rabid-dog saliva remedy
http://nationalpost.com/health/health-and-wellness/victoria-naturopath-criticized-for-treating-boy-with-rabid-dog-saliva 

It's Time to Rethink Pharmacy Tech Staffing
http://www.drugtopics.com/viewpoints/its-time-rethink-pharmacy-tech-staffing

'This is not experimental anymore': How immunotherapy is being used for some lung cancer and melanoma patients
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/second-opinion-immunotherapy-1.4633233

Humboldt Broncos’ Ryan Straschnitzki sets sights on walking again: ‘I kind of want to prove them wrong’
https://globalnews.ca/news/4167221/humboldt-broncos-ryan-straschnitzki-health-update/

Hogan Pharmacy First In Canada Offering SAFE RX Locking Prescription Vials (LPVs)
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/hogan-pharmacy-first-in-canada-offering-safe-rx-locking-prescription-vials-lpvs-680818581.html

Three-minute version of brain stimulation therapy effective for hard-to-treat depression, according to landmark Canadian study
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/three-minute-version-of-brain-stimulation-therapy-effective-for-hard-to-treat-depression-according-to-landmark-canadian-study-680996971.html

How Pharmacists Can Help Frail Patients
http://www.drugtopics.com/top-news/how-pharmacists-can-help-frail-patients

Practice Change & News

Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Health releases its report – Pharmacare Now: Prescription Drug Coverage For All Canadians
http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/HESA/report-14
 
Alberta pharmacists rally against new provincial funding structure
https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4626954
 
Study: Rx vaccines can save time, money
https://www.chaindrugreview.com/study-rx-vaccines-can-save-time-money/

International Developments

Pharmacy Guild of Australia welcomes commitment on real time recording of prescriptions
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/2018/pharmacy-guild-welcomes-commitment-on-real-time-recording-of-prescriptions

Even As Amazon Lurks, Drugstores Look To Bricks And Mortar
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2018/04/15/even-as-amazon-lurks-drugstores-look-to-bricks-and-mortar/?ss=pharma-healthcare#13d9a3cd60c5

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Experts agree naloxone is central to fighting Canada’s opioid crisis — but they also say it’s not a ‘wonder drug’
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/04/14/in-96-opioid-overdoses-the-person-received-naloxone-they-still-didnt-make-it.html 

Health Canada should stop approving homeopathic remedies — period
http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/homeopathic-remedies-1.4627716

Are cures bad for the drug business?
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/second-opinion-cure-business-1.4628313

More Saskatchewan residents eligible for training and free take home naloxone kits
https://globalnews.ca/news/4152517/more-sask-residents-eligible-for-training-and-free-take-home-naloxone-kits/ 

Opioids and pharmacare top of mind at annual Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH) meeting
http://cmajnews.com/2018/04/18/opioids-and-pharmacare-top-of-mind-at-annual-cadth-meeting-cmaj-109-5596/ 

Medication News

Ketamine has 'fast-acting benefits' for depression
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43753073 

When it comes to antidepressants, getting to zero proves difficult*
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/blog/when-it-comes-to-antidepressants-getting-to-zero-proves-difficult-1.4621190 

Health Canada warning women to return packages of defective birth control
http://www.durhamradionews.com/archives/110076

We’re beginning to learn how moms’ antidepressants can affect fetuses
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/4/9/17214776/antidepressants-pregnancy-guidelines

Shortage of EpiPens to treat severe allergic reactions has consumers concerned
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/shortage-of-epipens-to-treat-severe-allergic-reactions-has-consumers-concerned-1.3890650

Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/health/antidepressants-withdrawal-readers.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth 

Miscellaneous

People with lung cancer can live longer if they combine chemo with immune therapy
http://nationalpost.com/health/people-with-lung-cancer-can-live-longer-if-they-combine-chemo-with-immune-therapy

B.C. health official voices 'grave concerns' after child given homeopathic remedy using rabid-dog saliva
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-health-official-voices-grave-concerns-after-child-given-homeopathic-remedy-using-rabid-dog-saliva-1.4622494

New study could help decide whether chelation benefits the heart
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-study-could-help-decide-whether-chelation-benefits-the-heart-1.3886264

The maker of OxyContin tried to make it harder to misuse. It may have led to more heroin deaths.
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/4/16/17234008/opioid-crisis-oxycontin-abuse-deterrent-heroin

Canada's oldest blood donor says it's all gain, no pain after decades of giving
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/canada-s-oldest-blood-donor-says-it-s-all-gain-no-pain-after-decades-of-giving-1.3891670

Artificial Pancreas May Revolutionize How We Treat Type-1 Diabetes
http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/artificial-pancreas-may-revolutionize-how-we-treat-type1-diabetes/

Pharmacists Can Make a Difference as Certified Diabetes Educators
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/diabetes/pharmacists-can-make-a-difference-as-certified-diabetes-educators

Autism doctor Hans Asperger 'willingly became a cog in the Nazi killing machine' and sent kids to their deaths
http://nationalpost.com/health/autism-doctor-hans-asperger-willingly-became-a-cog-in-the-nazi-killing-machine-and-sent-kids-to-their-deaths

Practice Change & News

Patients should be wary of simple solutions
http://leaderpost.com/opinion/columnists/patients-should-be-wary-of-simple-solutions
 
Patients benefiting from the enhanced practice of pharmacists
http://leaderpost.com/opinion/columnists/patients-are-benefiting-from-the-enhanced-practice-of-pharmacists
 

International Developments

Why some U.K. doctors are prescribing art classes and gardening to help mental illness
https://globalnews.ca/news/4129113/social-prescribing-mental-health/
 
A pharmacist athlete is one of three Commonwealth Games competitors being lauded for good sportsmanship
https://ajp.com.au/news/games-pharmacist-good-sport/ 

Colorado bill would reimburse certain pharmacists’ services
http://www.pharmacist.com/article/colorado-bill-would-reimburse-certain-pharmacists-services 

Sweden's Mobile Healthcare Units Bring Elder Care into the Home
https://www.forbes.com/sites/williamhaseltine/2018/04/10/mobile-units-bring-elder-care-into-the-home/?ss=pharma-healthcare#65305c7e1287

The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care in the US
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/07/health/health-care-mergers-doctors.html

Australian Medical Associate advocating for non-dispensing pharmacists
https://ajp.com.au/news/ama-advocating-non-dispensing-pharmacists/ 

Independent specialty pharmacies develop turnkey solution in the US
https://www.chaindrugreview.com/independent-specialty-pharmacies-develop-a-turnkey-network-solution/
 
Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Weed could be a valuable weapon in the fight against Canada’s opioid epidemic
https://globalnews.ca/news/4128097/weed-fight-canada-opioid-epidemic/

Canadian pharmacy to be fined millions for illegal imports in US
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/canada-drugs-sentencing-fine-1.4618470

Examining Kamsack’s drug issues among physician opioid-related charges
https://globalnews.ca/news/4129430/examining-kamsacks-drug-issues-among-physician-opioid-related-charges/

Canada’s generics org names new chair
https://www.drugstorenews.com/pharmacy/canadas-generics-org-names-new-chair/ 

EpiPen shortage continues in Canada
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/epipen-shortage-continues-in-canada-1.3882658

NDP health critic calls on feds to hold drug companies accountable for fuelling opioid crisis
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ndp-health-critic-calls-on-feds-to-hold-drug-companies-accountable-for-fuelling-opioid-crisis-1.4616644 


Medication News

New Migraine Meds Pharmacists Need to Know About
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/new-preventive-migraine-medication-what-pharmacists-need-know

2 lots of the epilepsy drug Primidone recalled over lead levels
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/epilepsy-primidone-lead-1.4611226

We’re beginning to learn how moms’ antidepressants can affect foetuses
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/4/9/17214776/antidepressants-pregnancy-guidelines 

Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/07/health/antidepressants-withdrawal-prozac-cymbalta.html

Health Canada approves 'Viagra for women’ pill, loosens restrictions on taking it with alcohol
http://nationalpost.com/health/health-and-wellness/health-canada-approves-viagara-for-women-pill-loosens-restrictions-on-taking-it-with-alcohol

 
Miscellaneous

Most would rather treat high blood pressure with pills or tea instead of exercise
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/most-would-rather-treat-high-blood-pressure-with-pills-or-tea-instead-of-exercise-1.3879025 

Organ donation by Humboldt Broncos player inspires others
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/humboldt-broncos-organ-donation-increase-1.4612143

Mental health support ‘crucial’ for Humboldt crash first responders
https://globalnews.ca/news/4133824/mental-health-support-crucial-for-humboldt-crash-first-responders/ 

That’s “not medicine” — when doctors advocate for safer roads, gun bans or reducing poverty
http://cmajnews.com/2018/04/10/thats-not-medicine-when-doctors-advocate-for-safer-roads-gun-bans-or-reducing-poverty-cmaj-109-5590/

How to Get Paid for Pharmacy Services
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/find-way-get-paid

Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada Appoints Karl Frank as New Vice Chair
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/neighbourhood-pharmacy-association-of-canada-appoints-karl-frank-as-new-vice-chair-679123023.html

A Bloodless Revolution in Diabetes Monitoring
http://www.labmanager.com/news/2018/04/a-bloodless-revolution-in-diabetes-monitoring#.Wsz_Pi8ZNTZ

How To Help Colleagues Suffering From Mental Illness
https://www.forbes.com/sites/simonconstable/2018/04/06/how-to-help-colleagues-suffering-mental-illness/?ss=pharma-healthcare#bb2086c478c0

Grey Matters: Be wary of buying into some homeopathic claims
http://nationalpost.com/health/seniors/grey-matters-be-wary-of-buying-into-some-homeopathic-claims-2 

4 Ways Pharmacy is Evolving
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/4-ways-pharmacy-evolving

Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions Rising in Children
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/well/family/life-threatening-allergic-reactions-rising-in-children.html

More than a million Canadians could have fetal alcohol syndrome disorder: study
http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/more-than-a-million-canadians-could-have-fetal-alcohol-syndrome-disorder-study
 
Prostate Cancer Is Often Diagnosed Too Late: 5 Early Warning Signs
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/prostate-cancer-often-diagnosed-too-150332510.html 

Sanofi to invest €350 million in Canadian vaccine facility
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/sanofi-to-invest-350-million-in-canadian-vaccine-facility-679566283.html

Practice Change & News

Rubicon Pharmacies Canada Inc. Merges with Amenity Holdings Inc. to Become the Leading Independent Pharmacy Operator in Western Canada
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/rubicon-pharmacies-canada-inc-merges-with-amenity-holdings-inc-to-become-the-leading-independent-pharmacy-operator-in-western-canada-678527483.html

Saskatchewan pharmacists can now prescribe birth control and UTI medication
http://thestarphoenix.com/news/saskatchewan/sask-pharmacists-can-now-prescribe-birth-control-and-uti-medication

Pharmacy at the frontlines of cannabis implementation and responding to the opioid crisis
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/pharmacy-at-the-frontlines-of-cannabis-implementation-and-responding-to-the-opioid-crisis-678610383.html 

International Developments

What CVS is doing to mom-and-pop pharmacies in the US will make your blood boil
http://www.businessinsider.com/cvs-squeezing-us-mom-and-pop-pharmacies-out-of-business-2018-3

Australian patients highly satisfied with pharmacy service
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/forefront/v08n06/patients-highly-satisfied-with-pharmacy-service 

DEA’s opioid crackdown brings arrests of prescribers, pharmacists
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/deas-opioid-crackdown-brings-arrests-of-prescribers-pharmacists/2018/04/02/64ded32a-368f-11e8-8fd2-49fe3c675a89_story.html?utm_term=.505788a5e95a
 
Indigenous pharmacy assistant incentive in Australia
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/forefront/v08n06/indigenous-pharmacy-assistant-incentive
 
Australian pharmacists flock to advancing practice
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacists-flock-advancing-practice/

CVS Health expands patient naloxone education efforts
https://www.drugstorenews.com/pharmacy/cvs-health-expands-patient-naloxone-education-efforts/

Average male pharmacist's pay in the UK is £2k more than female in same role
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/2k-community-pharmacy-equal-pay-gap

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Edmonton pharmacist warns budget cuts put patients at greater risk
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-pharmacist-warns-budget-cuts-put-patients-at-greater-risk-1.4600168

Knowing drug prices enhances quality of care
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2018/04/02/knowing-drug-prices-enhances-quality-of-care.html

Prices of generic prescription drugs in Canada fall by 25-40%
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/prices-of-generic-prescription-drugs-fall-by-25-40-1.4602299 

Medical marijuana users set lobbying push on federal cannabis tax proposal
http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/medical-marijuana-users-set-lobbying-push-on-federal-cannabis-tax-proposal

Studies link legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/studies-link-legal-marijuana-with-fewer-opioid-prescriptions-1.3867866

Naloxone nasal spray for opioid overdoses now free for eligible First Nations and Inuit, feds say
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/naloxone-nasal-spray-indigenous-coverage-1.4606160

Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies Launches ASOP Canada to Protect Canadians from Unsafe Medicine
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/alliance-for-safe-online-pharmacies-launches-asop-canada-to-protect-canadians-from-unsafe-medicine-678868603.html 

Innovative Drugs: A Bureaucratic Obstacle Course
https://www.iedm.org/78650-innovative-drugs-bureaucratic-obstacle-course 

Pharmasave to source medical cannabis from CanniMed
https://www.drugstorenews.com/retail-news/pharmasave-source-medical-cannabis-cannimed/

OxyContin maker to appeal judge's decision to reject $20M Canadian settlement
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/purdue-to-appeal-saskatchewan-judge-oxycontin-decision-1.4607029
 
Should you include medical marijuana on your staff benefits plan?
https://www.hrmonline.ca/hr-law/drugs-in-the-workplace/should-you-include-medical-marijuana-on-your-staff-benefits-plan-240511.aspx
 
Is Telepharmacy Taking Pharmacy Jobs?
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/telepharmacy-raises-job-outlook-concerns-among-pharmacists
 
Medication News

Another Overdose Of An Anti-Diarrhea Drug: This Time A Death From Loperamide
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2018/03/31/another-overdose-of-an-anti-diarrhea-drug-this-time-a-death-from-loperamide/?ss=pharma-healthcare#26beb3a34202 

Miscellaneous

Hormone imbalance may explain higher diabetes rates in sleep-deprived men
https://www.endocrine.org/news-room/2018/hormone-imbalance-may-explain-higher-diabetes-rates-in-sleep-deprived-men 

Pediatric Patients Present Unique Challenges to Pharmacists
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pediatric-patients-present-unique-challenges-pharmacists
 
Canadians with chronic conditions encounter medication errors and unnecessary repeat procedures
https://orionhealth.com/ca/about-us/newsroom/canadians-with-chronic-conditions-encounter-medication-errors-and-unnecessary-repeat-procedures/
 
'A human rights issue': Lack of treatment for drug users means deaths behind bars
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/inmates-harm-reduction-1.4600615 

Caregivers are a critical part of a mental health care team
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/caregivers-are-a-critical-part-of-a-mental-health-care-team-678662563.html

Pharmasave support of Canadian Cancer Society in full bloom
https://www.drugstorenews.com/retail-news/pharmasave-support-canadian-cancer-society-full-bloom/

The Diet That Might Cure Depression
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/03/the-diet-that-might-cure-depression/556742/

How to access life-saving take-home naloxone kits in Saskatchewan
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/naloxone-kits-saskatchewan-1.4605725

Alberta woman cured of sickle cell disease thanks to sister’s stem cells
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/alberta-woman-cured-of-sickle-cell-disease-thanks-to-sister-s-stem-cells-1.3870622 

Want to save money on prescriptions? Shop around
https://globalnews.ca/news/4117916/want-to-save-money-on-prescriptions-shop-around/
 
Facebook is used to promote tobacco, despite policies against it, study finds
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/facebook-tobacco-products-promotion-sales-study/
 
What’s your doctor reading? How social media is disrupting medical education
http://nationalpost.com/health/whats-your-doctor-reading-how-social-media-is-disrupting-medical-education

Practice Change & News

Diabetes Management in Community Pharmacy: Continuous Glucose Monitoring
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/2018/diabetes-management-in-community-pharmacy-continuous-glucose-monitoring 

International Developments

Community pharmacy working with government to maximise flu vaccination uptake in Australia
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/2018/community-pharmacy-working-with-government-to-maximise-flu-vaccination-uptake

US dentists say they support 7-day limits on opioid prescriptions
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dentists-say-they-support-7-day-limits-on-opioid-prescriptions/ 

Experts have highlighted the “dramatic increase” in opioid prescribing in Australia, saying pharmacists are in an ideal position to help manage the issue
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacists-can-positively-influence-opioid-crisis/ 

Buying OTC Viagra in the UK: What you should know
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43539523

We learn nothing about nutrition, claim UK medical students
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43504125

US Boomers And Gen Xers Skipping Health Care Due To Cost
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2018/03/27/boomers-and-gen-xers-skipping-health-care-due-to-cost/#3699c75f5aa3 

Why U.K. doctors are doling out 'social prescriptions' to treat mental health
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-march-27-2018-1.4594705/why-u-k-doctors-are-doling-out-social-prescriptions-to-treat-mental-health-1.4594830

Planned foundation programme could solve new UK pharmacists' 'isolation'
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/rps-foundation-programme-newly-qualified-pharmacists-isolation 

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Prescription Drugs: The Costco Kickbacks
http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2017-2018/prescription-drugs-the-costco-kickbacks

Mom fears losing access to experimental drug that helped daughter after study ends
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/mom-fears-losing-access-to-experimental-drug-that-helped-daughter-after-study-ends-1.3859571

Number of people using catastrophic drug coverage has tripled, Ontario study finds
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/catastrophic-drug-coverage-1.4593581 

Young Canadians feeling the pinch of sky-high prescription drug prices
https://globalnews.ca/news/4105888/young-canadians-prescription-drugs-pharmacare/

Doctors have no idea how much drugs cost — a Toronto physician wants to change that
https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2018/03/26/doctors-have-no-idea-how-much-drugs-cost-a-toronto-physician-wants-to-change-that.html

Calgary pharmacists worry drug shortages on the rise
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/pharmacist-drug-shortages-1.4590438

Canadian government ease restrictions on prescription heroin to address opioid epidemic
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/feds-ease-restrictions-on-prescription-heroin-to-address-opioid-epidemic-1.3858637 

Why People Don't Take Lifesaving Medications
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/03/why-people-dont-take-life-saving-medications/556538/

GSK to buy out Novartis in consumer health joint venture
https://www.chaindrugreview.com/gsk-to-buy-out-novartis-in-consumer-health-joint-venture/

Ontario Pharmacists Association supports Ontario government's investment in healthcare
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/ontario-pharmacists-association-supports-ontario-governments-investment-in-healthcare-678229463.html 

Medication News

Global use of antibiotics soars as resistance crisis worsens
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/antibiotics-use-soars-as-resistance-crisis-worsens/

Miscellaneous

Study links birth interventions to childhood health problems
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/study-links-birth-interventions-to-childhood-health-problems-1.3860159 

Pharmacists on the Front Line in Constipation Treatment
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmacists-front-line-constipation-treatment 

Sanofi helps dispel allergy myths ahead of the season
https://www.drugstorenews.com/otc/sanofi-helps-dispel-allergy-myths-ahead-season/

Phone apps push people to take their pills but raise privacy concern
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/phone-apps-push-people-to-take-their-pills-but-raise-privacy-concern-1.3861777

Canada wants clearer warnings on junk food. The US is using NAFTA to stop them.
https://www.vox.com/2018/3/24/17152144/canada-wants-clearer-warnings-on-junk-food-the-us-is-using-nafta-to-stop-them

She Was Given Three Years To Live. So She Transformed Cancer Research
https://www.forbes.com/sites/elliekincaid/2018/03/26/cancers-transformer/#6f7b3c038208

Marijuana could reduce drug and alcohol relapses for addicts
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/marijuana-reduce-drug-alcohol-relapses-addicts-005916795.html

The Brains Of Kids With ADHD May Be Different, Study Finds
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2018/03/27/are-the-brains-of-kids-with-adhd-different/#1fead99b3bd9

Waning immunity behind the comeback of mumps in Canada
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/waning-immunity-behind-the-comeback-of-mumps-in-canada-1.3860296

Chronic pain associations struggle to raise awareness of “silent epidemic”
http://cmajnews.com/2018/03/28/chronic-pain-associations-struggle-to-raise-awareness-of-silent-epidemic-cmaj-109-5562/

Practice Change & News

How hospital pharmacists can help prevent flu deaths
https://ajp.com.au/news/how-hospital-pharmacists-can-help-prevent-flu-deaths/

Everything your pharmacist wants you to know about proper pain management
https://www.marilyn.ca/Health/Articles/March2018/Everything-your-pharmacist-wants-you-to-know-about

International Developments

Australian why I love rural pharmacy videos
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/forefront/v08n05/why-i-love-rural-pharmacy-videos 

UK pharmacists to tackle aged care overmedication
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacists-tackle-aged-care-overmedication/ 

CVS steps up opioid abuse prevention in New Hampshire
https://www.chaindrugreview.com/cvs-steps-up-opioid-abuse-prevention-in-new-hampshire/ 

Walmart (US) enlists payment tool to spur health incentives
https://www.chaindrugreview.com/walmart-enlists-payment-tool-to-spur-health-incentives/ 

More positive results have led to a call for nationwide acceptance of pharmacists in general practice in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/a-growing-evidence-base/

The average male Well Pharmacy (UK) employee earns 19.7% more than the average female
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/well-pays-female-employees-19-7-less-males 

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

B.C. university develops program to help kids cope with overdose crisis
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/b-c-university-develops-program-to-help-kids-cope-with-overdose-crisis-1.3851825

Ontario Pharmacists Association applauds Ontario government on expansion of OHIP+ to support seniors
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/ontario-pharmacists-association-applauds-ontario-government-on-expansion-of-ohip-to-support-seniors-677405633.html

Federal NDP launches #PharmacareForAll tour in Regina
http://leaderpost.com/news/politics/federal-ndp-launches-pharmacareforall-tour-in-regina

Should medical marijuana be covered by workers' comp?
https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/ca/opinion/should-medical-marijuana-be-covered-by-workers-comp-95646.aspx

Kamsack, Saskatchewan doctor charged with professional misconduct for mishandling opioid prescriptions
https://globalnews.ca/news/4100366/kamsack-doctor-charged-with-professional-misconduct-for-mishandling-opioid-prescriptions/ 

Medication News

Statins and hayfever pills could be driving antibiotic resistance, warn scientists 
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/03/19/statins-hayfever-pills-could-driving-antibiotic-resistance-warn/ 

Male birth control pill that’s safe and effective inches closer to being a reality
https://globalnews.ca/news/4090934/male-birth-control-pill-effective/

Suboxone and the Pharmacist
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmacists-providers-must-consider-high-cost-suboxone-treatment 

Drugs’ hidden side effects
https://ajp.com.au/news/clinical/drugs-hidden-side-effects/

Prescription NSAID pain relievers increase risk of irregular heartbeat, study shows
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/prescription-nsaid-higher-risk-atrial-fibrillation/

DNA on drugs: How genetic tests could make prescriptions more precise
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-dna-on-drugs-how-genetic-tests-could-make-prescriptions-more-precise/

Pace of Pharmaceutical Innovation Accelerates as Record Number of New Blockbuster Drugs Forecast to Hit the Market in 2018
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/pace-of-pharmaceutical-innovation-accelerates-as-record-number-of-new-blockbuster-drugs-forecast-to-hit-the-market-in-2018-677598943.html

Miscellaneous

Depression guideline written “by patients for patients” a first for Canada
http://cmajnews.com/2018/03/20/depression-guideline-written-by-patients-for-patients-a-first-for-canada-cmaj-109-5586/

Women at the Forefront of Pharmacy
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/women-at-the-forefront-of-pharmacy--

Study suggests link between anxiety and smartphone addiction
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/study-suggests-link-between-anxiety-and-smartphone-addiction-1.3851938

U.K. doctors use stem cells to restore patients’ eyesight
https://globalnews.ca/news/4094737/age-related-macular-degeneration-stem-cell-treatment/

The link between your gut health and autoimmune diseases
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/link-gut-health-autoimmune-disorders-120024072.html

New hope with promising early-detection test for endometrial, ovarian cancers
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-hope-with-promising-early-detection-test-for-endometrial-ovarian-cancers-1.3853903

Measuring access to mental health and addiction services and to home and community health care
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/measuring-access-to-mental-health-and-addiction-services-and-to-home-and-community-health-care-677630353.html

Government aims to eliminate tuberculosis in Canada's North by 2030
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/government-aims-to-eliminate-tuberculosis-in-canada-s-north-by-2030-1.3855603 

New Tool Could Help Improve CV Medication Adherence
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/new-tool-could-help-improve-cv-medication-adherence

Practice Change & News

RxFiles joins college at University of Saskatchewan
https://globalnews.ca/news/4083142/rxfiles-college-pharmacy-nutrition-university-saskatchewan-medicine/

Saskatchewan residents turned to medSask during EpiPen shortage
http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/drug-info-just-a-phone-call-away

International Developments

Walgreens, Good Days cut costs for low-income patients
https://www.drugstorenews.com/retail-news/walgreens-good-days-cut-costs-low-income-patients/

Australian hospital pharmacists aren’t immune from the pressures of stress and overwork
https://ajp.com.au/news/stress-test/

Pre-registration technicians in the UK won't require pharmacist supervision
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/date-when-pre-reg-technicians-wont-need-pharmacist-supervision

Delivering Immunisation in a Community Pharmacy Setting in Australia
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/2018/delivering-immunisation-in-a-community-pharmacy-setting

Absence from work certificates within pharmacists’ scope of practice in Australia
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/absence-from-work-certificates-within-pharmacists-scope-of-practice

Franchise in the UK send its head office a clear message on what it thinks of their support
https://ajp.com.au/news/window-dressing/

CVS And Walgreens Partner With Lyft To Get Blue Cross Patients To Pharmacies
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2018/03/14/cvs-and-walgreens-partner-with-lyft-to-get-blue-cross-patients-to-pharmacies/#4236accc76c8 

Pharmacy groups have backed the announcement of compulsory vaccination for health workers in New South Wales (Australia) who treat vulnerable patients
https://ajp.com.au/news/compulsory-vaccination-nsw-hospital-health-workers/ 

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Alberta needs a coherent, evidence-based pharmaceutical policy
http://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-alberta-needs-a-coherent-evidence-based-pharmaceutical-policy

Canadians need better drugs, not bigger bureaucracies
https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/8321818-canadians-need-better-drugs-not-bigger-bureaucracies/ 

Prescription drugs in Canada—target those who need help
https://www.fraserinstitute.org/article/prescription-drugs-in-canada-target-those-who-need-help

Kids can open child-resistant pill bottles in seconds, risk accidental poisoning
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/too-many-children-die-accidental-medicine-poisoning-safe-kids-worldwide-report/ 

Costco under investigation by Ontario forensic team over drug company payments
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/fifth-estate-costco-investigation-drug-company-payments-1.4577373

A Quiet Drug Problem Among the Elderly
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/16/health/elderly-drugs-addiction.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth

Morneau's comment on past ties to family firm add to storm of criticism against his involvement in pharmacare
http://nationalpost.com/health/critics-call-for-morneaus-ouster-from-pharmacare-file-over-remarks-about-study

Medication News

Study: Cholesterol drug lowers risk of death, heart attack
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/study-cholesterol-drug-lowers-risk-of-death-heart-attack-1.3838784

Health Canada to review safety of drug to treat fibroids due to liver damage risk
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-canada-to-review-safety-of-drug-to-treat-fibroids-due-to-liver-damage-risk-1.3844719 

Miscellaneous

Lung cancer patient says she's now in remission thanks to Cuban vaccine
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/lung-cancer-patient-says-she-s-now-in-remission-thanks-to-cuban-vaccine-1.3842678

Woman works with province to continue pharmacy’s diversity
http://thechronicleherald.ca/nowns/collaborations/1552542-woman-works-with-province-to-continue-pharmacy’s-diversity

Helping manage migraine in the pharmacy
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/cpd-article/helping-manage-migraine-pharmacy

Digital rectal exams to screen for prostate cancer in family practice not recommended
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/prostate-digital-rectal-exam-1.4570631 

5 popular questions people ask their pharmacists – and their answers – revealed
https://globalnews.ca/news/4085791/5-popular-questions-people-ask-their-pharmacists-and-their-answers-revealed/

Men and women have opposite genetic changes in depression
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/men-and-women-have-opposite-genetic-changes-in-depression-676659293.html 

Doctor commends Saskatoon police response to drug overdoses
https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/doctor-commends-saskatoon-police-response-to-drug-overdoses-1.3840035

What makes a good pharmacy owner?
https://ajp.com.au/columns/business-class/makes-good-pharmacy-owner/

Hip and waist size may play role in heart attack risk for women, study says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/hip-waist-size-heart-attack-risk-women-1.4573023

Pharmacy Owners, Managers Turning to Outside Help to Boost Profits
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/pharmacy-owners-managers-turning-to-outside-help-to-boost-profits

Patient complaints about Canadian doctors on the rise
http://cmajnews.com/2018/03/15/patient-complaints-about-canadian-doctors-continue-to-rise-cmaj-109-5585/

Residential school survivors and their descendants show poorer health outcomes: survey
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/residential-school-health-survey-1.4576430 

Specialty pharmacy now runs the healthcare gamut
https://www.drugstorenews.com/pharmacy/specialty-pharmacy-now-runs-healthcare-gamut/

Clinical Tips: Anxiety
https://ajp.com.au/news/clinical-tips-anxiety/

Practice Change & News

New data shows spike in opioid deaths in Ontario, pharmacies to offer free naloxone spray
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-data-shows-spike-in-opioid-deaths-in-ontario-pharmacies-to-offer-free-naloxone-spray-1.3832865

The growing importance of mental health awareness in pharmacy
http://pharmacyu.ca/2018/02/16/guest-post-bringing-innovation-to-mental-health-in-pharmacy/

Pharmacy should think carefully before devolving its primary dispensing role, experts warn
https://ajp.com.au/news/the-dispensing-dilemma/

International Developments

The path ahead for community pharmacy in Australia
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/forefront/v08n04/the-path-ahead-for-community-pharmacy

'Pharmacy needs adequate funding to tackle medication errors' in the UK
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/opinion/numarks-jeremy-meader-medicines-safety 

New Zealand company offers employees $10 a day to cycle to work
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/zealand-company-offers-employees-10-015706533.html

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia believes a nationally co-ordinated real-time monitoring system is essential to deal effectively with opioid abuse and misuse
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/forefront/v08n04/guild-repeats-need-for-real-time-prescription-monitoring

Australian employer groups say staff should be wary of $20 sick notes available from chemists
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/employer-groups-say-staff-should-be-wary-of-20-sick-notes-available-from-chemists/news-story/a70b84d787656d507dacda3c33c62aea 

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Add naltrexone to in-flight medical supplies
www.cmaj.ca/content/add-naltrexone-flight-medical-supplies

Alberta pharmacists sounding alarm on new funding model
https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/pharmacists-sounding-alarm-on-new-funding-model-1.3827071

They cost us billions and they can kill: Counterfeit drugs are invading Canada
business.financialpost.com/opinion/they-cost-us-billions-and-they-can-kill-counterfeit-drugs-are-invading-canada

Newfoundland urged to offer universal coverage of abortion pill
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/newfoundland-urged-to-offer-universal-coverage-of-abortion-pill-1.3829596

Canadian doctors network develops national guideline for treating opioid addictions
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/doctors-network-develops-national-guideline-for-treating-opioid-addictions-1.3828860 

Roll-out of Ontario’s OHIP+ program has been bumpy: pharmacists
http://www.durhamradionews.com/archives/109009

Medication News

After 'nightmare' of pain, woman with MS questions why drug shortages aren't prevented; pharmacist says shortage of synthetic cannabinoid nabilone may be tied to rising demand for opioid substitutes
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/drug-shortage-nabilone-pain-medication-national-strategy-1.4557983 

Why Drug Stores Should Fear Amazon's OTC Move
drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/why-drug-stores-should-fear-amazons-otc-move 

Prescription opioids fail rigorous new test for chronic pain
www.cbc.ca/news/health/opioids-prescription-pain-1.4564201

Study finds aspirin as effective as prescription meds in preventing post-op clots
https://www.dal.ca/news/2018/03/06/study-finds-aspirin-as-effective-as-prescription-meds-in-prevent.html 

Health Canada recommends women check Alysena 21 and 28 birth control for chipped pills
https://globalnews.ca/news/4071018/alysena-birth-control-chipped-pills/

Miscellaneous

Lack of racial diversity in medical textbooks could mean inequity in care, study suggests
www.cbc.ca/news/health/racial-diversity-medical-textbooks-1.4562352

Being Exposed to Even a Small Amount of Light During Sleep is Linked to Depression
http://time.com/5189387/dark-room-sleep-study/

Pneumonia spiking in ‘super-cold winter,’ druggists say
www.lfpress.com/2018/03/02/pneumonia-spiking-in-super-cold-winter-druggists-say

Two Crucial Skills Pharmacists Will Need to Succeed in the Future
drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/two-crucial-skills-pharmacists-will-need-succeed-future

A prescription for liquor: Royal Alex program helping people with severe alcoholism
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-alcohol-prescription-1.4561806 

Montreal Children’s Hospital doctor charged with theft of fentanyl
https://globalnews.ca/news/4068392/childrens-hospital-doctor-charged-with-theft-of-fentanyl/

The Best Way to Monitor Your Blood Pressure? Do It Yourself
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/06/well/live/the-best-way-to-monitor-your-blood-pressure-do-it-yourself.html 

New vaccine targets pneumonia, blood poisoning, meningitis among children in Canada's North
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/new-vaccine-targets-pneumonia-blood-poisoning-meningitis-among-children-in-canada-s-north-1.4552193

Childhood vaccine rates increase but more parents also are refusing
http://www.peicanada.com/online_features/health_and_wellness/article_76348f14-6905-5bc4-bf6d-257465977e4b.html

Kevin Love Opens Up About His First Panic Attack: 'We’re All Carrying Around Things That Hurt'
http://time.com/5187641/kevin-love-panic-attacks/

How exercise in old age prevents the immune system from declining
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43308729

Nurse in remote Australian town saves own life after heart attack
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nurse-in-remote-australian-town-saves-own-life-after-heart-attack/

Medicine changing as women make up more of physician workforce
http://cmajnews.com/2018/03/08/medicine-changing-as-women-make-up-more-of-physician-workforce-cmaj-109-5577/ 

First Nations demanding a cut of cannabis tax after pot legalization
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/first-nations-cannabis-excise-tax-1.4564121

Practice Change & News
They might not be doctors, but these health-care professionals say they could be doing more
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/the-search-health-care-doctors-nurses-pharmacy-patients-1.4547548

Pharmacist finds skin cancer on woman getting flu shot
http://www.wkyc.com/article/news/health/pharmacist-finds-skin-cancer-on-woman-getting-flu-shot/95-522122952

Community Pharmacists: Valuable Team Members in the Fight with Diabetes
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/diabetes/community-pharmacists-valuable-team-members-in-the-fight-with-diabetes 

International Developments

High Tamiflu Costs Hurting Patients and Pharmacists
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/high-tamiflu-costs-hurting-patients-and-pharmacists

‘Why I love rural pharmacy’ video competition is back in Australia
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/2018/why-i-love-rural-pharmacy-video-competition-is-back 

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Reductions to pharmacists’ fees to save Alberta $150 million, government says
http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/reductions-to-pharmacists-fees-to-save-alberta-150-million-government-says

Shoppers Drug Mart signs marijuana supply deal with Aurora Cannabis
https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/shoppers-drug-mart-signs-marijuana-supply-deal-with-aurora-cannabis-1.3820561 

How many new drugs rely on government-funded science? All of them
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/drugs-government-funded-science-1.4547640

Bathurst, New Brunswick pharmacist to pay $17,000 for texting private information about a patient
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/bathurst-pharmacist-fined-texting-1.4552139 

5 pharmacare questions and answers; where Canada is when it comes to universal drug coverage
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/pharmacare-faq-1.4554270

‘The reality is there are risks’: N.B. Pharmacists cracking down on over-the-counter medications
https://globalnews.ca/news/4036191/n-b-pharmacists-cracking-down/

Ontario law to require drug firms to reveal funds paid to doctors’ groups, patient advocates
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-law-to-require-drug-firms-to-reveal-funds-paid-to-doctors-groups-patient-advocates/article38061619/

Medication News

Antidepressant drugs do work, review on almost 120,000 patients concludes
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/antidepressants-meta-analysis-1.4546709

Antidepressant-Migraine Drug Combination Found Less Risky Than Believed
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkroll/2018/02/28/antidepressant-migraine-drug-combination-found-less-risky-than-believed/#3d01303a3496

Miscellaneous

London, Ontario mom warns of sales reps pushing essential oils as medicine
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/london-mom-warns-of-sales-reps-pushing-essential-oils-as-medicine-1.4556533 

Diabetes is actually five separate diseases, research suggests
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43246261

The Top 5 Pharmacist Movies of All Time
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/top-5-pharmacist-movies-all-time

#MyRexallPharmacist Campaign Celebrates Pharmacist Awareness Month
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/myrexallpharmacist-campaign-celebrates-pharmacist-awareness-month-675519223.html

Pharmacists Play Key Role in Driving Cough and Cold Treatment Choices
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/cough-cold/pharmacists-play-key-role-in-driving-cough-and-cold-treament-choices

Pharmacy Community Calls on the Government of Canada to Mind the Gaps in Access
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/pharmacy-community-calls-on-the-government-of-canada-to-mind-the-gaps-in-access-675449203.html

Practice Change & News

Leaders in Pharmacy – Demonstrating value and propelling the profession forward
http://pharmacyu.ca/2018/01/26/leaders-in-pharmacy-demonstrating-value-and-propelling-the-profession-forward/

The pharmacist as motivator
http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/the-pharmacist-as-motivator/pharmaceutical

International Developments

Take sick children to pharmacies first, UK parents told
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43002740

Career program empowers Australian pharmacists to maximise their potential
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/career-program-empowers-pharmacists-to-maximise-their-potential 

Tesco (UK) responds to pharmacists' concerns about working alone
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/tesco-responds-pharmacists-concerns-about-working-alone

An Australian trial has found hospital pharmacists providing guidance to junior doctors led to significantly reduced prescribing errors
https://ajp.com.au/news/clinical/evidence-pharmacist-led-prescribing/ 

US Pharmacists Remain Among Most Trusted and Ethical Professionals
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/pharmacists-remain-among-most-trusted-and-ethical-professionals

The maker of OxyContin will finally stop marketing the addictive opioid to US doctors
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/2/12/16998122/opioid-crisis-oxycontin-purdue-advertising

Australian pharmacists complain of “continual” script errors by after-hours doctors
https://ajp.com.au/news/hours-errors-common-pharmacists/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

TDSB (Toronto District School Board) approves stocking naloxone in high schools
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/video/watch/tdsb-approves-stocking-naloxone-in-high-schools/vp-BBIQSMs

American states look to lower drug costs, consider Canadian imports
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/american-states-look-to-lower-drug-costs-consider-canadian-imports-1.3799208

Pharmasave pharmacies in Alberta adopt PrescribeIT
https://www.chaindrugreview.com/pharmasave-pharmacies-in-alberta-adopt-prescribeit/

Flu season is the worst in years, but fake news sites relentlessly attack vaccination
https://globalnews.ca/news/4006133/flu-shot-fake-news-2/

Over 5,000 elementary school kids suspended in Toronto for out-of-date immunization records
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/02/14/over-5000-elementary-school-kids-suspended-in-toronto-for-out-of-date-immunization-records.html

He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn’t Get Disability Insurance
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/12/health/truvada-hiv-insurance.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth

Canadian drug chains to take hit from generic price cuts
https://www.chaindrugreview.com/canadian-drug-chains-to-take-hit-from-generic-price-cuts/

Canadians are being fooled into thinking we'll like pharmacare. We really, really won't
http://business.financialpost.com/opinion/canadians-are-being-fooled-into-thinking-well-like-pharmacare-we-really-really-wont

Medication News

Alysena 28 birth control recalled in Canada over chipped pills
https://globalnews.ca/news/4017030/alysena-28-birth-control-recall/

Experimental Drug Promises to Kill the Flu Virus in a Day
https://www.wsj.com/articles/experimental-drug-promises-to-kill-the-flu-virus-in-a-day-1518264004

New antibiotic family discovered in dirt
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43032602

Health Canada approval of multiple sclerosis drug ‘absolutely a game-changer’
https://globalnews.ca/news/4028767/ppms-suffers-celebrating-approval-of-new-drug/

Miscellaneous

'There is a difference' between medical and recreational marijuana, patients say
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/there-is-a-difference-between-medical-and-recreational-marijuana-patients-say-1.3798663

At the heart of Canada’s fentanyl crisis, extreme efforts that U.S. cities may follow
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/at-the-heart-of-canadas-fentanyl-crisis-extreme-efforts-that-us-cities-may-follow/2018/02/11/5e7dd59e-0624-11e8-b48c-b07fea957bd5_story.html?utm_term=.957174a4a946

Why Are So Many People With Depression Not Getting Treatment?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2018/02/09/why-are-so-many-people-with-depression-not-getting-treated/#2e30525eb2fb

Georgian College in Ontario cancels diploma in homeopathy; controversial program ends after ‘response from our local community’
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/georgian-college-diploma-homeopathy-pseudoscience-1.4529339

Saskatoon business gives courage to those with anxiety, depression
https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/saskatoon-business-gives-courage-to-those-with-anxiety-depression-1.3804217

Facebook: A Health Care Tool in Disease Management
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/facebook-a-health-care-tool-in-disease-management

Ontario aims to ‘hand back’ health-care decisions to First Nations within years
https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/02/14/province-aims-to-hand-back-health-care-decisions-to-first-nations-within-years.html

Nutraceuticals: New Opportunities for Pharmacists
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/nutraceuticals-new-opportunities-pharmacists

Migraine May Be Linked to More Cardiovascular Diseases, Study Says
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/cardiovascular-health/migraine-may-be-linked-to-more-cardiovascular-diseases-study-says 

Gym-Pharmacy partnership gets results
https://ajp.com.au/news/gym-pharmacy-partnership-shows-results/

Practice Change & News

Nova Scotia pharmacists ‘willing and able to help’ with doctor shortage stress
http://www.thevanguard.ca/news/regional/pharmacists-willing-and-able-to-help-with-doctor-shortage-stress-184157/

Pharmacists on the Front Line in Treating Cardiac Disease
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmacists-front-line-treating-cardiac-disease

International Developments

CVS Health offers no-cost heart health screenings
https://www.drugstorenews.com/retail-news/cvs-health-no-cost-heart-screenings/

Man's overdose death at Macquarie University Hospital (New South Wales, Australia) shouldn't have happened, inquest hears
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-05/hospital-death-paul-lau-inquest/9396744

Australian pharmacists’ role highlighted
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/forefront/v08n02/pharmacists-role-highlighted

Harnessing the power of pharmacists to decrease smoking in Australia
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/harnessing-the-power-of-pharmacists-to-decrease-smoking

Pharmacy data-sharing will enable future of value-based care provision
https://www.drugstorenews.com/pharmacy/pharmacy-data-sharing/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Door-to-door naloxone kit distribution 'not a normal practice' London health unit says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/naloxone-kits-door-to-door-1.4522986

Canadian generic drug prices higher than international levels in recent years
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/canadian-generic-drug-prices-higher-than-international-levels-in-recent-years-672993713.html

Should Health Canada rely on foreign assessment of new drugs?
https://theconversation.com/should-health-canada-rely-on-foreign-assessment-of-new-drugs-91227 

MPs mum about possibility of national drug plan
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/pharmacare-health-committee-report-1.4515249

Rexall adds naloxone kits to its 446 stores to help prevent opioid overdoses
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/rexall-adds-naloxone-kits-to-its-446-stores-to-help-prevent-opioid-overdoses-1.3795026

Medication News

Kratom, touted as herbal opioid "alternative," actually contains opioids, FDA says
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kratom-herbal-supplement-opioid-alternative-actually-contains-opioids-fda-says/

Miscellaneous

Drug diversion provides 'fix' for addicted health care professionals
https://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/drug-diversion-provides-fix-for-addicted-health-care-professionals-1.3787363

New CEO for International Pharmacy Organization (FIP)
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/new-ceo-international-pharmacy-organization

The debate over whether naloxone should be as common as defibrillators
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/london-ontario-narcan-nasal-spray-naloxone-defibrillator-1.4516780

Doctors' group wants Health Canada, not industry, to design marijuana labelling
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/doctors-group-wants-health-canada-not-industry-to-design-marijuana-labelling-1.3789882

Practice Change & News

Regina pharmacy specializes in supporting mental health patients
http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/regina-pharmacys-dedication-to-mental-health-is-a-dream-come-true-psychiatrist

Patients Like Pharmacies That Give Preventive Care
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/patients-pharmacies-give-preventive-care

International Developments

New online training to support people who use drugs in Australia
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/new-online-training-to-support-people-who-use-drugs

Amazon, JP Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway team up on health-care plan 'free from profit-making'
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/amazon-berkshire-jp-morgan-1.4510071

Small number of UK pharmacies diverting prescription medicines to black market
https://www.pharmacy.biz/small-number-pharmacies-diverting-prescription-medicines-black-market/

FDA proposes risk-based enforcement for homeopathic products
http://www.pharmacist.com/article/fda-proposes-risk-based-enforcement-homeopathic-products

Walgreens awarded patent for oncology program
https://www.drugstorenews.com/retail-news/walgreens-awarded-patent-oncology-program/

FDA wants to curb abuse of Imodium, 'the poor man's methadone'
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/01/30/fda-wants-to-curb-abuse-of-imodium-the-poor-mans-methadone/?utm_term=.76b59d13de39

National Student Business Plan competition launched in Australia
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/2018/national-student-business-plan-competition-launched

A study has found pharmacist intervention may potentially lead to reduced risk of ED visits and hospital readmissions
https://ajp.com.au/news/clinical/could-pharmacists-really-help-reduce-emergency-visits/

CDC reports more flu deaths, record hospitalizations
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/flu-season-cdc-reports-more-deaths-record-hospitalizations/

Boston pharmacist convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak gets 8 years in prison
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/meningitis-outbreak-deaths-pharmacist-glenn-chinn-convicted-sentenced-8-years-in-prison/

Drug companies shipped nearly 21 million opioid painkillers to a US town with 2,900 people
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/1/30/16951316/opioid-epidemic-painkillers-west-virginia-shipments

American Pharmacists Association, other organizations join in fight against opioid abuse
https://www.chaindrugreview.com/apha-other-organizations-collaborate-in-the-fight-against-opioid-abuse/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Canadian pharmacists call on governments to invest in community healthcare
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/pharmacists-call-on-governments-to-invest-in-community-healthcare-671658783.html

Prices of nearly 70 commonly prescribed generic drugs to drop under new deal
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/prices-of-nearly-70-commonly-prescribed-generic-drugs-to-drop-under-new-deal-1.3780348

Ontario says 950K free prescriptions filled for people under 25 since January 1
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/ont-free-prescriptions-1.4509972

Doctors who object to treatment on moral grounds must give referral: Ontario court
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/doctors-who-object-to-treatment-on-moral-grounds-must-give-referral-court-1.3783782

Can Vending Machines That Dispense Prescription Opioids Help Addicts Survive The Opiate Crisis?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertglatter/2018/01/31/can-vending-machines-that-dispense-prescription-opioids-help-addicts-survive-the-opiate-crisis/#6fe1a906477c

Comparing drug costs: University of Manitoba College of Pharmacy research informs physicians, patients
http://news.umanitoba.ca/comparing-drug-costs/

How critics say drug companies play "games" to stave off generic competitors
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/drug-companies-alleged-tactics-delay-cheaper-generic-drugs/

Medication News

'The fog is gone': How ketamine could help lift hard-to-treat depression
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/the-fog-is-gone-how-ketamine-could-help-lift-hard-to-treat-depression-1.3784490

How a forgotten 40-year-old antibiotic could be crucial in the fight against superbugs
http://nationalpost.com/news/world/how-a-forgotten-40-year-old-antibiotic-could-be-crucial-in-the-fight-against-superbugs

Miscellaneous

'I suffered in silence': Psychologist opens up about his own struggle with mental illness
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/i-suffered-in-silence-psychologist-opens-up-about-his-own-struggle-with-mental-illness-1.3781022

How Magic Mushrooms Could Treat Depression From An Entirely New Angle
https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2018/01/29/magic-mushrooms-could-treat-depression-from-an-entirely-new-angle/#17fb31556bf1

“Complainers, malingerers and drug-seekers” — the stigma of living with chronic pain
http://cmajnews.com/2018/01/30/complainers-malingerers-and-drug-seekers-¬-the-stigma-of-living-with-chronic-pain-cmaj-109-5553/

Handheld device sequences human genome
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42838821

Heart disease in women is under-diagnosed, under-treated and under-researched: Heart and Stroke report
https://globalnews.ca/news/3998811/heart-disease-in-women-is-under-diagnosed-under-treated-and-under-researched-heart-and-stroke-report/

A new Bell Let's Talk Day record! 138,383,995 messages of support for mental health means Bell will invest a further $6,919,199.75 in Canadian mental health
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/a-new-bell-lets-talk-day-record-138383995-messages-of-support-for-mental-health-means-bell-will-invest-a-further-691919975-in-canadian-mental-health-672124633.html

Just 30 minutes a day of walking or housework is enough to benefit health: study
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/just-30-minutes-a-day-of-walking-or-housework-is-enough-to-benefit-health-study-1.3778254

The Value of a Pharmacist
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmacist-integration-med-use-process-yields-positive-results-acos

North Korea threats spur U.S. search for new radiation therapies
https://globalnews.ca/news/4000453/north-korea-nuclear-threats-radiation-drugs/

Study shows the flu can trigger a heart attack in older adults
https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2018/01/25/study-shows-the-flu-can-trigger-a-heart-attack-in-older-adults.html

Migraines Increase the Risk of Heart Attacks and Strokes
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/31/well/mind/migraines-increase-the-risk-of-heart-attacks-and-strokes.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth

New stroke guidelines mean more patients could get life-changing treatment
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/stroke-guidelines-change-endovascular-thrombectomy-1.4516025

Practice Change & News

Innovative Learning Platform (Pharmacy5in5 to Help Pharmacy Professionals Provide Higher Quality Patient Care
http://www.ocpinfo.com/library/news/Pharmacy5in5NewsRelease/

Patients want pharmacies to go ‘beyond the fill’
https://www.chaindrugreview.com/patients-want-pharmacies-to-go-beyond-the-fill/

Diabetes Self-Management: Pharmacist Involvement, Technology Improves Outcomes
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/diabetes/diabetes-selfmanagement-pharmacist-involvement-technology-improves-outcomes

International Developments

'Pharmacy deserts' a growing health concern in Chicago, experts, residents say
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-pharmacy-deserts-chicago-20180108-story.html

Australian pharmacists welcome new pain management service
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/pharmacists-welcome-new-pain-management-service

Florida family shocked after healthy 12-year-old boy dies of flu
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/healthy-12-year-old-boy-dylan-winnick-dies-influenza/

New York allows pharmacies to give children flu shots
https://www.chaindrugreview.com/new-york-allows-pharmacies-to-give-children-flu-shots/

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Quebec pharmacists want to amend Bill C-45 so that they can distribute medicinal cannabis
https://news.lift.co/quebec-pharmacists-want-amend-bill-c-45-can-distribute-medicinal-cannabis/

Chronic pain patients suffering because some doctors too fearful to prescribe opioids
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/chronic-pain-patients-suffering-doctors-opioid-prescribing-1.4495045

Shoppers Drug Mart signs third cannabis supply deal
https://www.thestar.com/business/2018/01/19/shoppers-drug-mart-signs-third-cannabis-supply-deal.html

Phil Emberley and Dr. Wendy Levinson: Pharmacists, doctors warning seniors about risk of long-term use of sleeping pills
http://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/op-ed/phil-emberley-and-dr-wendy-levinson-pharmacists-doctors-warning-seniors-about-risk-of-long-term-use-of-sleeping-pills/wcm/94f6c9cc-62a8-47b9-ab1b-2b56d4aa466e

Aurora Cannabis and CanniMed Therapeutics Agree to Terms on Friendly Transaction
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/aurora-cannabis-and-cannimed-therapeutics-agree-to-terms-on-friendly-transaction-670879623.html

Ontario youth pharmacare plan’s growing pains creating challenges for some patients
http://www.benefitscanada.com/news/youth-pharmacare-plans-growing-pains-creating-challenges-for-some-patients-109622

Patients need more support to manage opioid prescription use, report states
https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2018/01/25/patients-need-more-support-to-manage-opioid-prescription-use-report-states.html

Medical marijuana cases highlight need for precise wording in benefits plans
http://www.benefitscanada.com/news/medical-marijuana-cases-highlight-need-for-precise-wording-in-benefits-plans-109808

Medication News

Cannabidiol helps reduce seizures in people with severe form of epilepsy, study suggests
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/cannabidiol-helps-reduce-seizures-in-people-with-severe-form-of-epilepsy-study-suggests-1.3774437

Miscellaneous

'A return to our roots': P.E.I. pharmacy making its own meds
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/murphys-pharmacy-compounding-lab-greene-1.4494689

Herbal products and prescription meds often don't mix, new review finds
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/herbal-products-and-prescription-meds-often-don-t-mix-new-review-finds-1.3773043

Health Canada adding staff, launches new branch, in preparation for legal pot
http://www.hilltimes.com/2018/01/22/new-branch-new-funding-new-personnel-health-canadas-plan-ready-pot-legalization/131581

Flu infection hikes risk of a heart attack, study finds
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/flu-infection-hikes-risk-of-a-heart-attack-study-finds-1.3773861

Canadians spent $5.7B on marijuana last year, StatsCan estimates
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/marijuana-industry-1.4503152

MS patients experience fewer headaches after jugular veins opened with balloons: study
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ms-patients-experience-fewer-headaches-after-jugular-veins-opened-with-balloons-study-1.3772510

Pharmacists Are the Vitamins of Healthcare
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmacists-and-vitamins

Recent cases show pharmacists must be professional when posting online
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/opinion/be-professional-even-when-posting-online

Apple, in Sign of Health Ambitions, Adds Medical Records Feature for iPhone
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/24/technology/Apple-iPhone-medical-records.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth

Telepharmacy Improves Med Rec Program
http://www.pharmacypracticenews.com/Multimedia/Article/01-18/Telepharmacy-Improves-Med-Rec-Program/46784

Think twice before you take over-the-counter cold/flu medicine, warns pharmacist
http://www.news1130.com/2018/01/25/cold-flu-medicine/

International Developments

Snapshot of the profession in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/snapshot-of-the-profession/

Fed Up With Drug Companies, US Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/health/drug-prices-hospitals.html

Walmart (US) To Give Away Kits To Dispose Of Opioids At Home
https://www.forbes.com/sites/elliekincaid/2018/01/17/walmart-to-give-away-kits-to-dispose-of-opioids-at-home/#41f2f574139f

Pharmacist prescribing moving ahead in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacy-announcements/pharmacist-prescribing-moving-ahead/

Britain now has a government minister for loneliness
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/britain-loneliness-minister-tracey-crouch-jo-cox-uk-parliament/

CVS promotes truth-in-advertising for beauty products
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cvs-promotes-truth-in-advertising-for-beauty-products-beauty-mark/

New healthcare collaboration supports diabetes education in Australia
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/new-healthcare-collaboration-supports-diabetes-education

US Pharmacists Rank Among 100 Best, Highest Paying Jobs of 2018
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/pharmacists-rank-among-100-best-highest-paying-jobs-of-2018

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Costco pharmacy directors fined $20,000 after admitting to $1.2-million drug kickback scheme
https://www.thestar.com/business/2018/01/15/costco-pharmacy-directors-plead-guilty-to-accepting-kickbacks.html

Vaccine reminders work: Cochrane Review
https://ajp.com.au/news/vaccine-reminders-work-cochrane-review/

Chronic pain patients need more than opioids: B.C. advocate
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/chronic-pain-patients-need-more-than-opioids-b-c-advocate-1.3759531

Medication News

Health Canada warns of EpiPen shortage
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-canada-warns-of-epipen-shortage-1.3765824

Morning sickness drug Diclectin doesn't work, confidential industry documents reviewed by doctor show
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/diclectin-pregnancy-nausea-vomiting-persaud-duchesnay-confidential-industry-documents-health-canada-1.4491300

Miscellaneous

Mental health needs our attention
http://www.cmaj.ca/content/190/2/E34

Viewers divided on pharmacy show
https://ajp.com.au/news/lifestyle/viewers-divided-pharmacy-show/

Michael Phelps opens up about fighting depression
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/michael-phelps-helping-others-with-depression-light-years-better-than-olympic-gold/

Bell Let's Talk doubles Community Fund for grassroots mental health programs
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/bell-lets-talk-doubles-community-fund-for-grassroots-mental-health-programs-669547323.html

Big pharma claims Liberals’ drug reform proposals would kill jobs
https://ipolitics.ca/2018/01/17/big-pharma-claims-liberals-drug-reform-proposals-kill-jobs/

Stifling a sneeze can cause injuries in rare cases, experts say
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/stifling-a-sneeze-can-cause-injuries-in-rare-cases-experts-say-1.3760977

More Evidence That Energy Drinks May Pose Health Risks To Young People
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2018/01/16/more-evidence-that-energy-drinks-may-pose-health-risks-to-young-people/?ss=pharma-healthcare#1194e4816c70

Physicians concerned over self-medicating as marijuana is legalized
https://globalnews.ca/news/3968260/physicians-concerns-self-medicating-marijuana-saskatchewan

Early periods, menopause linked to heart disease: study
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/early-periods-menopause-linked-to-heart-disease-study-1.3761699

More Saskatchewan physicians, clinicians receiving in-depth training in quality improvement
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/more-saskatchewan-physicians-clinicians-receiving-in-depth-training-in-quality-improvement-670113303.html

Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42736764

Practice Change & News
The Value of Board-Certified Psychiatric Pharmacists
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/value-board-certified-psychiatric-pharmacists
 
International Developments
BBC programme will investigate 'workload pressure' at Boots Native American tribes sue opioid manufacturers, distributors
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/native-american-tribes-sue-opioid-manufacturers-distributors/
 

New training in Australia to improve communication with patients about their pain
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/2018/new-training-to-improve-communication-with-patients-about-their-pain

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education
‘This is totally unnecessary’: Calls grow for tighter control of acetaminophen
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/this-is-totally-unnecessary-calls-grow-for-tighter-control-of-acetaminophen
 
Your prescription drugs are about to become less safe if Health Canada has its way
http://theconversation.com/your-prescription-drugs-are-about-to-become-less-safe-if-health-canada-has-its-way-89526
 
Ontario's new youth pharmacare program 'just another hurdle' for some parents
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ontario-s-new-youth-pharmacare-program-just-another-hurdle-for-some-parents-1.3755832
 
Why millions of uninsured, eligible Canadians aren't using public drug plans
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/millions-uninsured-eligible-canadians-arent-using-public-drug-plans-222249806.html
 

Alberta college says doctors helped create opioid crisis and must help solve it
https://globalnews.ca/news/3959303/alberta-doctors-opioid-crisis-letter-college-physicians/

Medication News

So That's Why You Feel Sick After Taking Vitamins
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/apos-why-feel-sick-taking-162648850.html
 
FDA warns against giving kids cough and cold medicines with codeine or hydrocodone
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/01/11/fda-warns-against-giving-kids-cough-and-cold-medicines-with-codeine-or-hydrocodone/?utm_term=.7b2e1971cac2

New study on abortion pill shows high success, low rate of complications
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/01/11/new-study-on-abortion-pill-shows-high-success-low-rate-of-complications/?utm_term=.9aab8dce0f71
 
Miscellaneous

University of Saskatchewan study shows diabetes medication reverses drug resistant breast cancer
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/diabetes-drug-metformin-drug-resistant-breast-cancer-1.4476616

Anonymous donor gives $100M to Canada's largest mental health hospital
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/anonymous-donor-gives-100m-to-canada-s-largest-mental-health-hospital-1.3755190

How Pharmacists Can Protect Kids From Dangerous Medications
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmacists-play-key-role-protecting-children-prescription-meds
 
Naloxone nasal spray being tested to treat gambling addiction
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/naloxone-nasal-spray-being-tested-to-treat-gambling-addiction-1.3750600
 
Are Community Pharmacists an Untapped Resource in Fighting Antifungal Resistance?
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/are-community-pharmacists-untapped-resource-fighting-antifungal-resistance
 
Pharmacies facing shortage of hepatitis A vaccine
https://globalnews.ca/news/3947092/pharmacies-facing-shortage-of-hepatitis-a-vaccine/
 
Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42565137
 
Automation Drives New Role for Hospital Pharmacists
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/automation-drives-new-role-hospitals-pharmacists
 
Coffee enema touted on Paltrow's website slammed as bogus, potentially harmful
https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/coffee-enema-touted-on-paltrow-s-website-slammed-as-bogus-potentially-harmful-1.3752237
 
Portuguese doctors back marijuana medicine as bill enters parliament
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-portugal-marijuana/portuguese-doctors-back-marijuana-medicine-as-bill-enters-parliament-idUSKBN1F02MM

The flu vaccine isn't perfect — but that doesn't mean you should skip the shot
https://www.vox.com/2015/10/14/9521807/flu-shot-vaccine-effectiveness

He was 21 and fit. He tried to push through the flu — and it killed him.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/01/10/he-was-21-and-fit-he-tried-to-push-through-the-flu-and-it-killed-him/?utm_term=.bb2753811f69

Legal pot won't slow market for medical marijuana: advocate
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/legal-pot-medical-marijuana-1.4483623

Practice Change & News

A bigger role for pharmacists; from bioterror attacks to the opioid epidemic, pharmacists are in a great place to help
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/bigger-role-pharmacists

International Developments

New training for pharmacist delivery of sleep apnoea services in Australia
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/new-training-for-pharmacist-delivery-of-sleep-apnoea-services

Pharmacy Is Dead; the CVS/Aetna deal won’t kill traditional pharmacy—it just shows that it’s already dead
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/pharmacy-dead

Drug industry group sues to stop California drug price law
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-drugpricing-california/drug-industry-group-sues-to-stop-california-drug-price-law-idUSKBN1E301W

GPs directing patients away from your flu service? Here’s what to say
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/opinion/gp-directing-patients-away-flu-service

US Medicaid Expansions Mean New Roles for Pharmacists
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/medicaid-expansions-mean-new-roles-pharmacists

New Pharmacy Guild of Australia website provides wealth of information for consumers
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/2017/new-guild-website-provides-wealth-of-information-for-consumers

While Walgreens Has A Higher Impression Score, More Consumers Are Talking About CVS
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brandindex/2017/12/11/while-walgreens-has-a-higher-impression-score-more-consumers-are-talking-about-cvs/?ss=pharma-healthcare#13dd27b83c7d

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Pharmacy distribution of medical cannabis could be enabled by C-45
https://news.lift.co/pharmacy-distribution-medical-cannabis-enabled-c-45/

Health Canada to beef up safety warning on prescription opioid labels
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-canada-to-beef-up-safety-warning-on-prescription-opioid-labels-1.3713656

Lovell Drugs signs supply deal for medicinal cannabis
http://www.chaindrugreview.com/lovell-drugs-signs-supply-deal-for-medicinal-cannabis/

'Already hurting enough': Pain patient challenges plan to tax medical marijuana
http://www.metronews.ca/news/edmonton/2017/12/10/already-hurting-enough-pain-patient-challenges-plan-to-tax-medical-marijuana.html

The other big drug problem: Older people taking too many pills
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-other-big-drug-problem-older-people-taking-too-many-pills/2017/12/08/3cea5ca2-c30a-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html?utm_term=.dd2433807649

CanniMed asks Canadian regulators to intervene in hostile Aurora bid
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cmed-m-a-aurora-cannabis/cannimed-asks-canadian-regulators-to-intervene-in-hostile-aurora-bid-idUSKBN1E522L

No patented-drug spending crisis in Canada, concludes CHPI
http://www.lifehealthpro.ca/news/no-patenteddrug-spending-crisis-in-canada-concludes-chpi-235345.aspx

Medication News

Short-staffed and no support for rural pharmacies offering methadone
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/rural-southwestern-ontario-methadone-treatment-pharmacies-1.4432623

Immunotherapy drugs changing the outlook for many terminal cancer patients
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/immunotherapy-drugs-changing-the-outlook-for-many-terminal-cancer-patients-1.3715693

Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42308341

WHO Report Finds No Public Health Risks Or Abuse Potential For CBD
https://www.forbes.com/sites/janetwburns/2017/12/11/who-report-finds-no-public-health-risks-abuse-potential-for-cbd/?ss=pharma-healthcare#31dc0ea96b88

Miscellaneous

Integrating Pharmacists into Medical Homes Significantly Improves Outcomes
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/integrating-pharmacists-medical-homes-significantly-improves-outcomes

Smartphone pedometers underestimate steps but still valuable: UBC study
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/smartphone-pedometers-underestimate-steps-but-still-valuable-ubc-study-1.3714990

Pharmacists Are Best Suited to Prevent Medication Errors in the Emergency Department
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/pharmacists-are-best-suited-to-prevent-medication-errors-in-the-emergency-department

Shoppers Drug Mart names new president
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/shoppers-drug-mart-names-new-president

Paying mothers incentivises breastfeeding, study finds
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42280444

Mom of daughter with severe autism says cannabis therapy is 'heaven sent'
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/mom-of-daughter-with-severe-autism-says-cannabis-therapy-is-heaven-sent-1.4440936

Family doctors should learn to treat addiction: scientist
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/family-doctors-should-learn-to-treat-addiction-scientist-1.3721121

Fentanyl test strips could lead to false sense of security, Health Canada warns
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/fentanyl-test-strips-false-negatives-health-canada-1.4447392

Music therapy may help ease depression
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-depression-music/music-therapy-may-help-ease-depression-idUSKBN1E72PM

Canada's public health care system relies an awful lot on private money
http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/private-health-care-donations-1.4444679

Cannabis ingredient holds promise as antipsychotic medicine
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-cannabis-psychosis/cannabis-ingredient-holds-promise-as-antipsychotic-medicine-idUSKBN1E90P6

Haemophilia A trial results 'mind-blowing'
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42337396

Practice Change & News

Canada's pharmacists call for full population drug coverage, enhanced care
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/canadas-pharmacists-call-for-full-population-drug-coverage-enhanced-care-662297843.html

International Developments

Tapping into wellbeing boosted our profits by £5k in a month
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/feature/wellbeing-market-boosted-our-profits-5

Remove constraints on pharmacy competition in Australia
https://ajp.com.au/news/remove-constraints-pharmacy-competition-report/

DEA targets pharmacies trafficking opioids; operation Faux Pharmacy resulted in over half a million drugs seized
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/dea-targets-pharmacies-trafficking-opioids

NHS England scraps homeopathy and 6 more treatments from prescriptions
https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/nhs-england-scraps-seven-treatments-prescriptions

Australian student survey highlights hospital pharmacy interest, remuneration concerns
https://ajp.com.au/news/student-survey-highlights-hospital-pharmacy-interest-remuneration-concerns/

Australian watchdog takes GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis units to court
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-gsk-regulator/australian-watchdog-takes-glaxosmithkline-novartis-units-to-court-idUSKBN1DZ38I

FDA approves diabetes drug that also helps with weight loss
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fda-approves-ozempic-diabetes-drug-that-also-helps-with-weight-loss/

Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie has queried the Pharmacy Guild’s influence over politicians and likened it to the alcohol industry or the NRA
https://ajp.com.au/news/never-establish-provide-public-benefit/

CVS-Aetna deal to change how big employers buy health benefits
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-aetna-m-a-cvs-health-employers-analys/cvs-aetna-deal-to-change-how-big-employers-buy-health-benefits-idUSKBN1DX0UJ

Walgreens To Invest $416 Million In Chinese Pharmacy Chain
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2017/12/06/walgreens-to-invest-416m-in-chinese-pharmacy-chain/?ss=pharma-healthcare#4f534d9a3d63

Red tape reform to boost pharmacist vaccinations in South Australia
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/red-tape-reform-to-boost-pharmacist-vaccinations-in-sa

Venezuela's chronic shortages give rise to 'medical flea markets'
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-medicine/venezuelas-chronic-shortages-give-rise-to-medical-flea-markets-idUSKBN1E21J4

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Saskatchewan 2nd highest province for fentanyl prescriptions
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-ranks-second-in-dispensed-fentanyl-prescriptions-1.4426567

Calgary pharmacist charged with stealing 33,000 pills was suspended for similar incidents decade ago
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/okotoks-safeway-pharmacist-arrested-calgary-woman-1.443727

Stopping Opioid Addiction At One Key Source: The Hospital
https://khn.org/news/stopping-opioid-addiction-at-one-key-source-the-hospital/

Brand name drug sales soar in Canada, while R&D sags
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/drug-sales-research-1.4428564

Somebody please explain why Ottawa is taxing medical cannabis
https://ipolitics.ca/article/somebody-please-explain-ottawa-taxing-medical-cannabis/

Federal Consultations on Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) moves New Framework Closer for Canadians
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/federal-consultations-on-patented-medicines-prices-review-board-pmprb-moves-new-framework-closer-for-canadians-662364633.html

Ottawa elementary schools next in line for naloxone kits
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/naloxone-kits-ottawa-high-schools-1.4428788

Considering transparency and value for fairer drug prices
http://cmajnews.com/2017/12/06/considering-transparency-and-value-for-fairer-drug-prices-cmaj-109-5538/
 
Over 4 Million Canadians do not take advantage of prescription drug plans available to them
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/over-4-million-canadians-do-not-take-advantage-of-prescription-drug-plans-available-to-them-662531753.html
 
Pharmacare remains on target for 2020, says Liberal MP
https://ipolitics.ca/2017/12/07/pharmacare-place-2020-says-liberal-mp/

Medication News
Broken or too-small birth control pills reported to Health Canada
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/broken-birth-control-pills-in-blister-packs-1.4430176
 
CanniMed enters medical cannabis supply agreement with PharmaChoice
https://globalnews.ca/news/3901645/saskatoon-cannimed-medical-cannabis-supply-agreement-pharmachoice/
 
Roche drug cocktail doubles chance of holding lung cancer at bay
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-roche-lung-cancer/roche-drug-cocktail-doubles-chance-of-holding-lung-cancer-at-bay-idUSKBN1E10IU

Aphria lands deal to supply medical marijuana to Shoppers Drug Mart
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/aphria-lands-deal-to-supply-medical-marijuana-to-shoppers-drug-mart/article37185744/

Small risk of breast cancer seen with hormone contraceptives
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/small-risk-of-breast-cancer-seen-with-hormone-contraceptives-1.3710354
 
GSK's Shingrix proven effective in immune-compromised patient populations
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/gsks-shingrix-proven-effective-immune-compromised-patient-populations
 
Sage shares surge as depression drug succeeds in mid-stage trial
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sage-study/sage-shares-surge-as-depression-drug-succeeds-in-mid-stage-trial-idUSKBN1E11FJ
 
Miscellaneous
Your 'gluten sensitivity' might not have anything to do with gluten
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/how-consciousness-could-live-in-your-brain-cells-1.4424508/your-gluten-sensitivity-might-not-have-anything-to-do-with-gluten-1.4424537

McKesson Canada announces the acquisition of Well.ca
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/mckesson-canada-announces-the-acquisition-of-wellca-661835533.html

Warfarin Linked to Lower Cancer Risk
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/warfarin-linked-lower-cancer-risk

Flu cases showing up early suggests bad season ahead: experts
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/flu-cases-showing-up-early-suggests-bad-season-ahead-experts-1.3710426

When All is Said and Done, Do Pharmacists Like Immunizing?
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/immunization/when-all-is-said-and-done-do-pharmacists-like-immunizing

Prescription video games help children with ADHD in trial
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-adhd-digital/prescription-video-games-help-children-with-adhd-in-trial-idUSKBN1DY0T0

New tests may offer faster, more accurate detection of Lyme disease: researchers
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-tests-may-offer-faster-more-accurate-detection-of-lyme-disease-researchers-1.3710671

Pot meds for pets? Vets want clinical trials
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/marijuana-drugs-pets-1.4243296

Time to curb our appetite for ultra-processed food
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/time-to-curb-our-appetite-for-ultra-processed-food-661984613.html

How Pharmacists Are Helping Hep C Patients
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/how-pharmacists-are-helping-hep-c-patients

Mother of 2 dies just one day after flu diagnosis
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/arizona-mother-of-2-dies-after-flu-influenza-diagnosis-causes-pneumonia/

Medication Management in Schools: Pharmacist Involvement Can Improve Outcomes
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/asthma/medication-management-in-schools-pharmacist-involvement-can-improve-outcomes

What makes some parents fall for anti-vaccine messaging
https://www.vox.com/2017/12/5/16733744/vaccines-parents-anti-vax

New medical implant could replace prescription pills for some chronic pain sufferers
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/spinal-cord-stimulator-could-replace-prescription-painkillers/

Practice Change & News

Test your DNA at a pharmacy? Now you can; MyDNA program will allow pharmacists to determine which medications will work best for patients
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/dna-mydna-test-pharmacy-medication-1.4416467

International Developments

Founder of Germany's failed Schlecker drugstore convicted, children jailed
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-schlecker/founder-of-germanys-failed-schlecker-drugstore-convicted-children-jailed-idUSKBN1DR1N0

Veterans help spur use of medical pot for PTSD in the US
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/medical-marijuana-pot-for-ptsd-veterans/

As Health Care Changes, Insurers, Hospitals and Drugstores Team Up
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/26/health/health-care-hospitals-insurers.html

CVS to Show Real-time Medication Costs
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/cvs-show-real-time-medication-costs

Helping Australian pharmacists identify principles and pathways for pain management
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/helping-pharmacists-identify-principles-and-pathways-for-pain-management

Euthanasia Law Passes in Australia for First Time
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/world/australia/australia-euthanasia-victoria-assisted-dying.html?

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Federal government proposes changes designed to drop cost of patented drugs in Canada
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/federal-government-proposes-changes-designed-to-drop-cost-of-patented-drugs-1.3703438

Indivior drug to fight opioid addiction approved by U.S. FDA
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indivior-opioids/indivior-drug-to-fight-opioid-addiction-approved-by-u-s-fda-idUSKBN1DV47M

Medication News

Migraine therapy that cut attacks hailed as 'huge deal'
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42154668

Medical Cannabis Company Takes Aim at the Opioid Epidemic with New Research Programs
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3578525#ixzz502g517W5

Miscellaneous

HPV vaccine is safe, effective after 10 years: study
https://globalnews.ca/news/3889279/hpv-vaccine-effective/

What the WHO Essentials List Means for Mental Health
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/mental-health/what-the-who-essentials-list-means-for-mental-health-

Complementary medicine use doesn’t cause vaccine refusal – but it is correlated, researchers have found
https://ajp.com.au/news/diy-ethic-behind-cm-use-vaccine-refusal/

New research raises questions about vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-research-raises-questions-about-vitamin-d-supplementation-during-pregnancy-1.3702673

Are You a Pharmacist and a Mom?
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/are-you-a-pharmacist-and-a-mom

Sugar industry suppressed health effects study 50 years ago – where do we go from here?
https://globalnews.ca/news/3879638/sugar-industry-health-effects-study/

Facebook to expand artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-suicide/facebook-to-expand-artificial-intelligence-to-help-prevent-suicide-idUSKBN1DR1YT 

Nearly half of U.S. cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nearly-half-of-u-s-cancer-deaths-blamed-on-unhealthy-behavior/

New Recognition for Chronic Fatigue
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/well/new-recognition-for-chronic-fatigue.html

'Institutional betrayal' in the health-care system can leave patients traumatized: new research
http://nationalpost.com/health/institutional-betrayal-in-the-health-care-system

First-of-a-kind test for cancer gene profiling approved in U.S.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/first-of-a-kind-test-for-cancer-gene-profiling-approved-in-u-s-1.3702886

Want to know if you have an irregular heartbeat? Apple has an app for that
https://globalnews.ca/news/3890759/apple-app-irregular-heartbeat-study/

Pharmacists: Advise Patients with Arthritis to Stay Active
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/weight-management/pharmacists-advise-patients-with-arthritis-to-stay-active

Trend toward self-management fuels growth of diabetes device sales
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/trend-toward-self-management-fuels-growth-diabetes-device-sales 

Many drivers ignore or don’t receive warnings about prescription meds
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-driving-meds-impairment/many-drivers-ignore-or-dont-receive-warnings-about-prescription-meds-idUSKBN1D31Y2

Practice Change & News

Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan CEO, Dawn Martin discusses naloxone and overdoses becoming more prevalent
https://soundcloud.com/980cjme_650ckom/the-brent-loucks-show-dawn-martin-nov-17th

Pharmacists disappointed with proposed cannabis regulations, concerned with impact to medical cannabis patients
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/pharmacists-disappointed-with-proposed-cannabis-regulations-concerned-with-impact-to-medical-cannabis-patients-659408593.html 

International Developments

"Pharmacist prescribing - we need more of that!"
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacist-prescribing-need/

Two studies presented at the Australian drug and alcohol conference have examined the barriers to pharmacists providing naloxone
https://ajp.com.au/news/naloxone-barriers-identified/

Canadian drug company under fire in U.K. after raising drug price 6,000%

Training for pharmacy assistants to support pain management in Australia
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/2017/training-for-pharmacy-assistants-to-support-pain-management

Amazon should buy Rite Aid so it can start selling drugs
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/21/cowen-an-amazon-rite-aid-deal-makes-sense.html

Euthanasia legislation passed in Australian state of Victoria
https://ajp.com.au/news/euthanasia-legislation-passed/

Teva Pharmaceutical set for major layoffs in Israel, U.S.: report
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-teva-pharm-ind-redundancies/teva-pharmaceutical-set-for-major-layoffs-in-israel-u-s-report-idUSKBN1DN0TC

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

CPhA launches medical cannabis resources to support pharmacists, enhance patient care

Mental health association urging all public venues to stock naloxone kits
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/11/20/mental-health-association-urging-all-public-venues-to-stock-naloxone-kits.html

B.C. to reimburse methadone patients for taking clinic fees off welfare cheques
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/b-c-to-reimburse-methadone-patients-for-taking-clinic-fees-off-welfare-cheques-1.3690069

This popular painkiller is surging in Canada, and one doctor is sounding the alarm
https://globalnews.ca/news/3877257/this-popular-painkiller-is-surging-in-canada-and-one-doctor-is-sounding-the-alarm/

Medication costs driving seniors to food banks
http://cmajnews.com/2017/11/21/medication-costs-driving-seniors-to-food-banks-cmaj-109-5521/

'Unexplained losses' of opioids on the rise in Canadian hospitals
http://toronto.citynews.ca/2017/11/24/opioids-canadian-hospitals/

Medication News

This is what the future of male birth control looks like
https://globalnews.ca/news/3827060/male-birth-control/

Miscellaneous

Cancer survivors can get post-traumatic stress disorder, study says
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/blog/cancer-survivors-get-ptsd-1.4409825

Research finds flu shot lowers hospitalization risk for children
http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/research-finds-flu-shot-lowers-hospitalization-risk-children

Grey Matters: Health-care costs could rise unless food packaging changes
http://nationalpost.com/health/seniors/grey-matters-health-care-costs-could-rise-unless-food-packaging-changes

Six Things Pharmacists and Patients Should Question
https://choosingwiselycanada.org/pharmacist/

PhD student makes ground-breaking discovery that may prevent spread of cancer
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/phd-student-makes-groundbreaking-discovery-that-may-prevent-spread-of-cancer-1.3687275

Lab-Grown Mini Organs Could Speed Up Drug Discovery
https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2017/11/17/lab-grown-organs-will-speed-up-drug-discovery/?ss=pharma-healthcare#268e80a66187

Parents can help minimize children's pain from vaccinations, study says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/parents-can-help-minimize-vaccination-distress-for-kids-1.4413018 

The anti-vaccine movement's influence may be waning
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/11/20/16667116/rate-parents-opting-out-vaccines-kids-plateaued-america

Many People Don't Seem To Know That Taking Prescription Drugs Could Impair Their Driving
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ritarubin/2017/11/21/many-people-dont-seem-to-know-that-taking-prescription-drugs-could-impair-their-driving/?ss=pharma-healthcare#4efd4ad035c4

British Columbian North Shore school districts introduce mental health classes
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/north-shore-school-districts-introduce-040024649.html

Problem Solving Buffers The Brain Against Anxiety, Suggests New Study
https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2017/11/20/problem-solving-gives-the-brain-a-buffer-against-anxiety-according-to-new-study/?ss=pharma-healthcare#230e301de338

Avatar therapy 'reduces power of schizophrenia voices'
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42097781

Practice Change & News

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

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

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

International Developments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Australian Aboriginal health service pharmacist committee holds inaugural meeting
http://www.psa.org.au/media-releases/aboriginal-health-service-pharmacist-committee-holds-inaugural-meeting

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

Canadian R&D-to-Sales Ratio for Brand-Name Drug Companies Less than Half of 10% Commitment
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/new-report-canadian-rd-to-sales-ratio-for-brand-name-drug-companies-less-than-half-of-10-commitment-657448203.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medication News

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

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

Miscellaneous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Practice Change & News

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

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

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

International Developments

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

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

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

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

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

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

Medication News

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

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

Miscellaneous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Practice Change & News

Let pharmacists treat minor ills to expand access to primary care
http://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/opinion-let-pharmacists-treat-minor-ills-to-expand-access-to-primary-care

International Developments

New report reveals potential savings of over $1 billion to the Australian economy, if just a few prescription meds were switched to non-script status
https://ajp.com.au/news/1-billion-saved/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medication News

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

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

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

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

Miscellaneous

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

Abbott launches the first and only smartphone compatible insertable cardiac monitor in the U.S.
http://abbott.mediaroom.com/2017-10-23-Abbott-Launches-the-First-and-Only-Smartphone-Compatible-Insertable-Cardiac-Monitor-in-the-U-S

Lawyers who excel in their work more likely to suffer depression: study
https://globalnews.ca/news/3818613/lawyers-mental-health-depression-increases-with-success/

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

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

Edmonton man’s death from walnut allergy prompts calls for better access to life-saving treatment
https://globalnews.ca/news/3820864/edmonton-mans-death-from-walnut-allergy-prompts-calls-for-better-access-to-life-saving-treatment/

Albertans among Canada's biggest users of medicinal marijuana, Health Canada says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-medicinal-marijuana-usage-1.4363305

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

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

Practice Change & News

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

International Developments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medication News

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

Miscellaneous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Practice Change & News

Value of pharmacist-delivered vaccinations
https://www.guild.org.au/news-events/news/forefront/volume-7-issue-20/value-of-pharmacist-delivered-vaccinations

International Developments

Pharmacists have been reminded that the Pharmacy Board of Australia Code of Conduct applies to all online activity—including public forums and closed groups
https://ajp.com.au/news/pharmacy-board-professional-social-media/

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

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

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

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

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

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medication News

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

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

Miscellaneous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Practice Change & News

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

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

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

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

International Developments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

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

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

Medication News

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

Miscellaneous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Practice Change & News

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

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

International Developments

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

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

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

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medication News

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

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

Ontario Pharmacies Propose New Solution in the Fight Against Opioid Epidemic
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/ontario-pharmacies-propose-new-solution-in-the-fight-against-opioid-epidemic-648475913.html

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

Miscellaneous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Developments

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

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

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

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

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

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

The global crackdown on parents who refuse vaccines for their kids has begun; countries like Italy and Australia are tired of measles outbreaks — so they're moving to fine anti-vaccine parents
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/8/3/16069204/vaccine-fines-measles-outbreaks-europe-australia

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

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

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

Medication News

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

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

Miscellaneous

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

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

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

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

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

Practice Change & News

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

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

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

International Developments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regulatory, Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medication News

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

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

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

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

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

Miscellaneous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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