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In this issue:

Government of Canada invests in research to tackle prescription drug abuse and addiction
B.C. to get tough on problem pharmacies, curb methadone use
Auditor general finds major problems in First Nations health care
South Health Campus ER hasn't reduced wait times in Calgary hospitals
U.S. drug regulators approve first pill to treat binge eating, let the debate begin
Canadians unaware about full cost of healthcare
Sudbury man's biopsy turns into battle with a drug-resistant bug
Drug discount-card users write CBC, showing patients' perspective — and then some




Government of Canada invests in research to tackle prescription drug abuse and addiction
Government of Canada
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, recently announced the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM), a national research network aimed at improving the health of Canadians living with prescription drug abuse, addiction and substance misuse. Prescription drug abuse is a significant public health and safety concern in North America.
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B.C. to get tough on problem pharmacies, curb methadone use
The Globe and Mail
The B.C. government is taking steps to crack down on problem pharmacies, including those that rack up PharmaCare payments by catering almost exclusively to methadone patients. That practice has helped make methadone and its associated fees the second-biggest drug expense for B.C.'s drug plan and resulted in clusters of methadone-dispensing pharmacies in parts of Surrey and Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
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Auditor general finds major problems in First Nations health care
CBC News
People living in remote First Nations communities in Manitoba and Ontario aren't guaranteed to have access to clinical and client care services or medical transportation benefits, Auditor General Michael Ferguson said in his report. The report found serious problems, including that only one of 45 nurses in the group sampled by auditors finished all five mandatory Health Canada training courses chosen for the audit.
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South Health Campus ER hasn't reduced wait times in Calgary hospitals
Metro News
Two years on, it appears the city's newest emergency department hasn't put a dent in wait times for patients. It was expected that the South Health Campus was to treat 60,000 patients in need of urgent care annually. Data from the week of March 15-21 suggests it's on track too, as 1,231 residents flooded into the emergency room — that patient load over a 52-week period would amount to more than 64,000.
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U.S. drug regulators approve first pill to treat binge eating, let the debate begin
National Post
Howard remembers stealing diet pills from his mother's purse when he was 13 years old. The amphetamines suppressed his appetite wonderfully, but otherwise "totally screwed you up," recalls the now retired veterinarian, who asked that his full name not be used. "It was an incredible high and it was lovely while you were on them," he said, "but when you stopped, you came down with a thud, and, of course, started eating again."
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Canadians unaware about full cost of healthcare
Benefits Canada
Nine out of 10 Canadians believe they are fully covered for all costs associated with hospital stays and psychiatric treatment, finds a Sun Life survey. Additionally almost four out of five Canadians say that they do not expect to pay out of pocket to cover costs associated with: nursing home/long-term care residence (79 per cent); hearing aids (78 per cent); and home care (76 per cent).
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Sudbury man's biopsy turns into battle with a drug-resistant bug
CBC News
When Ronald Romanko went to the Sudbury hospital for a precautionary prostate biopsy in September he never imagined he would spend the next three weeks there. He ended up hospitalized fighting an antibiotic-resistant infection caused by something called Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase (ESBL).
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Drug discount-card users write CBC, showing patients' perspective — and then some
CBC News
I now have personal health information for more than 70 Canadians, along with their names, emails, and the prescription drugs they're taking. All of those people have one thing in common. They used a drug discount card and registered with the card company. If there was ever any doubt that corporations would use the patient information they gathered from these cards for marketing purposes, this is a vivid illustration that they will.
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