Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to improve prescription drug safety for seniors

Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to improve prescription drug safety for seniors

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.

Pharmacare is for kids too

Pharmacare is for kids too

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Quebec’s outdated drug coverage policies should not be a model for the rest of Canada

Quebec’s outdated drug coverage policies should not be a model for the rest of Canada

In spite of very high expenditures for drug coverage, one in 10 Canadians cannot afford to fill their prescriptions. The current patchwork of public and private plans across the country means that Canadians are covered for their prescription drugs based on where they live or work, rather than on their medical needs.

The other drug problem in Canada’s cities

The other drug problem in Canada’s cities

Canada’s cities face a number of problems: traffic, housing, crime, infrastructure – the list goes on. Prescription drugs are one of these problems – one that is costing local governments as much as $500-million every year.