McKesson Canada sent out faxes to community pharmacies (outside Toronto) with instructions on how to pre-order online.
Out of 11 steps to follow during a blood pressure check, medical students correctly completed about 4 of those steps in a simulated patient encounter....but I'm sure other health care professionals would miss some steps too!
FYI, I emailed the Office of Medical Cannabis at Health Canada because a medical cannabis patient wanted to return cannabis to the pharmacy for disposal.
[Ontario] A jury has found Joanna Flynn not guilty of manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death when she removed patient Deanna Leblanc from life support.
Flynn testified that she followed the guidelines created by the Ontario College of Nurses....Flynn also testified that she tried to involve the most responsible physician, Dr. Dolezel several times, but was dismissed and told to wait."
A lot of he said, she said going on here...read the summary below for more details:
"A jury has found Joanna Flynn not guilty of manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death when she removed patient Deanna Leblanc from life support.
"Children who are bullied in fifth grade are more likely to become depressed and experiment with drugs and alcohol during their teen years than their peers who weren’t victimized by other kids, a U.S. study suggests."
Very interesting announcement, and totally a surprise to me. Cost is approx $465 million per year. It makes me wonder if the Ontario gov't might introduce more drug cost reform to pay for it???
"Ontario was the last jurisdiction in North America to grant Nurse Practitioners the authority to prescribe controlled drugs and substances."
He will be focused on helping the Association achieve the aggressive goals set out in its most recent strategic plan, including further expanding pharmacists’ scope of practice to better meet the needs of Ontarians.
Gall joins OPA from his current position of Vice President, Finance and Administration at Health Shared Services Ontario (formerly the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres),
"The commissioner’s office says it was told the person was illegally accessing the records of family, friends, local politicians, staff of the clinic and other individuals in the community."
The fine was the highest of its kind in Canada...
Now that the paperless drug card initiative has been underway for a few months, the Ministry of Community and Social Services is looking to pharmacies for feedback on the implementation process in order to help guide any future initiatives and changes:
Back in Januaray 2017, the Ontario government dedicated an additional $5 million to help smokers quit: news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2017/01/new-supports-to-help-people-in-ontario-quit-smoking.html
$2.5 million is dedicated towards "Quit Cards" which reimburse pharmacies up to $450 in nicotine replacement therapies.
These quit cards are currently being distributed via in-patient hospitals and cancer centres. Patients bring their quit card to their local pharmacy to obtain free NRT.
Adjudication details can be found at: ottawamodel.ottawaheart.ca/quitcard
[If you have any questions or difficulties processing, contact STI Customer Support at 1-877-790-1991 (7:30am-5pm EST). Process the claim using the QUIT CARD set as PRIMARY PAYER. Use “99999” in the PRESCRIBER ID field and “QUIT CARD” in the PRESCRIBER NAME field.]
After the pilot, the cards *may* be distributed via family physicians and pharmacists as well.
Blexten (BLEKS-ten, bilastine) and Rupall (ROO-pal, rupatadine) are two new antihistamines on prescription.
"BLEXTEN (bilastine 20 mg oral tablet) is a second generation antihistamine drug for the treatment of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR) and Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria (CSU). BLEXTEN exerts its effect as a selective histamine H1 receptor antagonist, and has an effectiveness comparable to cetirizine, fexofenadine and desloratadine."
"Rupatadine is a new second-generation antihistamine and platelet-activating factor (PAF) antagonist."
Blexten DIN is 2454130
Rupall DIN is 2456451
You can also read more on Canadian Pharmacist's Letter; February 2017; Vol: 33
"Staff from the Ontario Pharmacists Association met with senior representatives from the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) this week to discuss various areas in which pharmacists and physicians are increasingly working together to provide care to their mutual patients....
The OMA also provided some suggestions for pharmacies, based on physician feedback, to help their members better navigate the MedsCheck program, with the ultimate goal of helping patients and physicians get the most out of the program. These suggestions include:
More Info Here:
Right now, Canada has a patchwork of public and private drug coverage, leaving gaps that some individuals needing prescription drugs struggle to fill.
More info at:
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By the end of September, nearly 100,000 Canadians had obtained prescriptions and registered to buy cannabis with one of the growers licensed by Health Canada, such as the Tweed company in Smiths Falls. That’s a dramatic leap from the 30,537 people registered in September 2015.
"The Ontario Pharmacists Association announced today that the Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Darby, effective January 27, 2017. Mr. Darby will take on a new role outside of the Association."
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