Pharma

Where do Ontario parties stand on drug coverage?

Where do Ontario parties stand on drug coverage?

Medication access may help to decide an election for the first time in Canada — it is one of several prominent issues garnering public attention as Ontarians head to the polls June 7th. The Ontario NDP have pledged to publicly fund a short list of prioritymedicinesfor all Ontarians.  The PC party has said little about […]

Turning the tide on the harm of opioids

Turning the tide on the harm of opioids

As clinicians, we are bound by professionalism and our ethical responsibilities to do no harm and to do what we can to address the pain and suffering of our patients. When powerful pain relieving opioid medications were introduced a few decades ago, they seemed to be a way to do both. We now know that […]

A tsunami of antibiotic resistance is coming—and Canada must take charge

A tsunami of antibiotic resistance is coming—and Canada must take charge

At the beginning of the last century, illnesses due to bacterial infections ranked as the most common cause of death in Canada.  By the latter third of the century, the diagnosis, prevention and management of infectious diseases had advanced dramatically, raising hopes that many of these infections would be consigned to history. The dramatic improvements […]

Purdue Pharma given free reign in Canada as it is sanctioned in the United States

Purdue Pharma given free reign in Canada as it is sanctioned in the United States

Opioid manufacturer admits to illegal activity in the United States but faces no penalties in Canada   Purdue Pharma recently announced that it will stop advertising opioids to doctors in the United States after pleading guilty to misleading marketing more than a decade ago. This is a major, albeit belated, departure from the company’s playbook […]

Your access to medications should not depend on your job

Your access to medications should not depend on your job

The MPs mulling options for publicly funding medications this week will likely take their sweet time. There is no rush for them because they already have the type of publicly funded access to medications that is being contemplated for other Canadians. While approximately three million Canadians do not take medications as directed because of the […]

Pharmacists, doctors warning seniors about risk of long-term use of sleeping pills

Pharmacists, doctors warning seniors about risk of long-term use of sleeping pills

Making sure our prescription medications are safe and worth taking

Making sure our prescription medications are safe and worth taking

Canada needs a national drug surveillance system

Canada needs a national drug surveillance system

Interviews with Dr. Robyn Tamblyn and Dr. Jenna Wong Medications can be life-saving. But they are only as good as our knowledge about them. The time is right for a national drug surveillance system to kept better track of our experiences with medications. Jenna Wong recently received her PhD from the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics […]

How a National Drug Plan Can Save Canada

How a National Drug Plan Can Save Canada

From prescriptions to prevention: Managing Canada’s opioid addiction

From prescriptions to prevention: Managing Canada’s opioid addiction