Tag Archives: Pharmaceutical

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.

When it comes to prescription drug coverage, our health system has plenty in common with the United States — and that’s not a good thing
By Colleen Flood

Most Canadians would likely agree that those who need potentially life-saving prescription medications should have ready access to them.

Facing some unpleasant truths about opioids
By Dr. David Juurlink

The goal of pain medication isn’t simply pain relief, the goal is to help more than harm. Sometimes chronic opioid therapy meets this objective, but it does so less often than we think.

Facing some unpleasant truths about opioids
By Dr. David Juurlink

The goal of pain medication isn’t simply pain relief, the goal is to help more than harm. Sometimes chronic opioid therapy meets this objective, but it does so less often than we think.

Facing some unpleasant truths about opioids
By Dr. David Juurlink

To openly question the role of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain is to draw the ire of patients and, sometimes, the displeasure of colleagues, particularly those who specialize in pain medicine. But it is long past time that doctors and patients reflect on what happens when these drugs are prescribed for months or years at a time.

Facing some unpleasant truths about opioids
By Dr. David Juurlink

Despite the best of intentions, doctors flooded North American homes with opioid drugs purer and often stronger than heroin.

Facing some unpleasant truths about opioids
By Dr. David Juurlink

Well-intentioned prescribing fueled the opioid crisis. For 20 years now, doctors have prescribed opioids — drugs like oxycodone, hydromorphone and others — far too liberally for chronic pain

Why patients at the end of life may not be receiving the best care Why patients at the end of life may not be receiving the best care
By James Downar and John Muscedere

Our healthcare system remains focused on acute – emergency — care and the “therapeutic imperative” to fix everything we can fix when a patient is ill. But when someone is approaching the end of life, this approach may no longer be what the patient and their families need or want most.

Pharmacare is for kids too
By Avram Denburg and Steve Morgan

You are the parent of a sick child. You have a limited budget and you must decide to buy the medicine the doctor prescribed for your child or provide food and shelter for your family instead. What do you do?

Quebec’s outdated drug coverage policies should not be a model for the rest of Canada Quebec’s outdated drug coverage policies should not be a model for the rest of Canada
By Marc-André Gagnon

When you look at the numbers, it really is surprising that all public employees in Quebec are required to enrol in costly private coverage given that administration costs account for 1.7 percent for Quebec’s public plan, yet 18 percent for private insurers.


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