Commentaries, Pharmaceutical Policy

Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to improve prescription drug safety for seniors Le Canada a besoin d’une stratégie globale pour améliorer la sécurité des médicaments d’ordonnance prescrits aux aînés
By Nicole F. Bernier

Il y a quatre années, à l’âge de 84 ans, mon père a survécu à un accident vasculaire cérébral sévère. L’inconvénient, pour lui qui était autrement d’une forme exceptionnelle, est qu’il doit continuer à prendre, depuis ce moment-là, pas moins de neuf médicaments d’ordonnance par jour.

TAM_CARVERHILL_Medical students are coming to Parliament Hill to lobby for upstream solutions to the opioid crisis Medical students lobby Parliament Hill for upstream solutions to the opioid crisis
By Vivian Tam and Jacqueline Carverhill

A call to the emergency room announced that the ambulance was on its way. Joey, a middle-aged oilfield worker, was experiencing a suspected toxic ingestion of the opioid, fentanyl.

Four-ways-you-could-save-money-on-your-prescription-medications Four ways you could save money on your prescription medications
By Kathleen O'Grady

As Canadians, we are proud of our universal healthcare system, which provides publicly-funded essential doctor and hospital care based on need and not ability to pay. Unfortunately, our health system falls short when it comes to prescription medication.

There’s nothing like an American health care debate to make Canadians feel lucky There’s nothing like an American health care debate to make Canadians feel lucky
By Danielle Martin

There’s nothing like an American health care debate to make Canadians feel lucky.

Rising rates of long-term prescription-opioid use highlight urgent need for treatment options for chronic pain and addiction - See more at: http://evidencenetwork.ca/?p=31740&preview=true#sthash.MIaXSLn1.dpuf Rising rates of long-term prescription-opioid use highlight urgent need for treatment options for chronic pain and addiction
By Kate Smolina and Kim Rutherford

Across Canada, the tragic spike in opioid-related deaths has brought to national attention the large and complex issue of drug use and misuse.

Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to improve prescription drug safety for seniors Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to improve prescription drug safety for seniors
By Nicole F. Bernier

Four years ago, at age 84, my dad survived a severe stroke. The downside is that during his hospital stay this otherwise fit person was put on a drug regimen and has been taking nine prescription drugs a day ever since.

What medicines do we really need in Canada? What medicines do we really need in Canada?
By Nav Persaud

Surveys and polls often show Canadians are proud of our universal health system, which provides publicly funded care for doctor and hospital services. Canadians don’t have to worry about filing for bankruptcy to get care for themselves or their families when they need it.

Yellow pills and bottle Facing some unpleasant truths about opioids
By David Juurlink

Over the past year I’ve lost track of how many times the opioid epidemic has, in one incarnation or another (Prince, naloxone, fentanyl, newborns in agonizing withdrawal and so on) found its way onto the front page news.

Opioid crisis should be top of federal health agenda Opioid crisis should be top of federal health agenda
By Tara Gomes

Hundreds of codeine tablets stolen from the medicine cabinet of an elderly person living alone in a rural community. Hydromorphone tablets being distributed at weddings and high school parties. Fentanyl patches being cut up and sold for a profit on the street. This is the reality of the opioid crisis in Canada today

Combating the over prescribing Combating the over-medication of seniors
By Alan Cassels

The case of ‘too much medication’ in Canadian seniors is finally starting to be recognized for the serious problem it has become.


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