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In this issue:

World headed for dangerous 'post-antibiotic era,' WHO warns in landmark report
The future of pharmacy arrives early at UBC
Electronic tool helps reduce drug errors among hospitalized children
Most seniors take 5 or more drugs; numbers double in long-term care facilities
Alberta optometrists to be able to order lab tests, prescribe drugs
With biosimilars, more questions than answers?
Saskatchewan to include new MS drug Tecfidera in plan
More measles cases reported in northwest Saskatchewan
Alberta health minister refuses to interfere in ban on pharmacy inducements
Pharmacists stressing importance of vaccines for children and adults
Statin use associated with poorer diets, weight gain
Most exercise supplements unnecessary
Measles outbreak declared in Calgary, Edmonton and central Alberta
B.C. health authority halts fecal transplants


World headed for dangerous 'post-antibiotic era,' WHO warns in landmark report
CTV News
Unless immediate action is taken, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era where infections that were once treatable will turn deadly, according to a landmark report from the World Health Organization. The report, issued recently, says that antibiotics resistance is found in all parts of the world and can affect anyone of any age in any country. Antibiotics resistance, which the WHO says occurs when bacteria change and antibiotics no longer work against infections, "is now a major threat to public health."
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The future of pharmacy arrives early at UBC
The Vancouver Sun
It's touted as the best and future model of pharmacy care — not to mention it's the first clinic in Canada where you can get an hour's worth of free advice on all your medications. Just don't expect to fill a prescription there, since there aren't any drugs for sale on site. At the Pharmacists Clinic at the University of British Columbia's Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, experts are on hand to help patients manage their prescription or over-the-counter medicines, supplements and natural health products.
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Electronic tool helps reduce drug errors among hospitalized children
EurekAlert!
When children are admitted to the hospital, sometimes the medications they take at home are lost in the shuffle, or they may be given the wrong dose. Having a system in place at hospital admission to record and review a child's medication history results in fewer errors, potentially avoiding harm to the patient, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Most seniors take 5 or more drugs; numbers double in long-term care facilities
CIHI
Most seniors in Canada are taking at least 5 drugs—and that number increases dramatically for older seniors and those living in long-term care facilities, according to a new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Drug Use Among Seniors on Public Drug Programs in Canada, 2012 found that nearly two-thirds of seniors (those age 65 and older) are taking 5 or more prescription drugs.
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Alberta optometrists to be able to order lab tests, prescribe drugs
MySask.com
Optometrists will soon have an expanded role in Alberta. The Alberta government announced recently that it is increasing the scope of practice for optometrists. Health Minister Fred Horne says it will come into effect this fiscal year and optometrists will be responsible for primary eye care. Horne says in most cases patients will no longer need to travel to another community for eye care.
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With biosimilars, more questions than answers?
Pharmacy Practice News
As the anticipation of the influx of biosimilar medicines begins to gather momentum, health-system pharmacies need to join together to help formulate strategies for their arrival, according to Philip Johnson, MS, RPh, FASHP, the oncology director at Premier. Speaking at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices' recent webcast, "Biosimilars: The Safe Integration into the Medication Use Process," Mr. Johnson said many questions remain to be resolved before the new biosimilars are approved for hospital formularies and oncologists and other clinicians become accustomed to using them.
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Saskatchewan to include new MS drug Tecfidera in plan
CBC News
Saskatchewan multiple sclerosis patients will soon have access to a new drug — dimethyl fumarate, which is sold under the trade name Tecfidera. Starting this month, it will be included in the province's drug plan, which means patients can buy it here and some subsidies are available. That will be important for some people because the drug is expensive — more than $1,000 a month if the customer has to pay the whole amount.
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More measles cases reported in northwest Saskatchewan
CTV News
The Prairie North Health Region says there are three more probable cases of measles in northwest Saskatchewan. Risk of exposure to the virus is at this point is confined to a number of locations in Lloydminster and St. Walburg last month. Anyone who thinks they may have symptoms is urged to contact their doctor before heading to a hospital to limit exposure of the virus.
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Alberta health minister refuses to interfere in ban on pharmacy inducements
Edmonton Journal
Health Minister Fred Horne says he has no plans to intervene in a controversial decision to prevent Alberta pharmacies from awarding Air Miles and other loyalty rewards for purchasing drugs. The new ban on so-called inducements has drawn the ire of some retail chains and consumer groups who are pressuring the provincial government to overrule the move by the Alberta College of Pharmacists.
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Saskatchewan to include new MS drug Tecfidera in plan
CBC News
Saskatchewan multiple sclerosis patients will soon have access to a new drug — dimethyl fumarate, which is sold under the trade name Tecfidera. Starting this month, it will be included in the province's drug plan, which means patients can buy it here and some subsidies are available. That will be important for some people because the drug is expensive — more than $1,000 a month if the customer has to pay the whole amount.

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Questions raised about morning sickness drug Diclectin
Hamilton Spectator
Several Toronto-based researchers are again raising questions about a medication commonly prescribed to pregnant women for morning sickness. In a commentary published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada, they point to key flaws in a study on the drug Diclectin.

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Tamiflu's effectiveness in cutting hospitalizations questioned
CBC News
Two antiviral drugs have mediocre effects on relieving flu symptoms, according to a review by independent experts that raises questions about the value of medications stockpiled by Canadian authorities in case of a flu pandemic.

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Pharmacists stressing importance of vaccines for children and adults
News 1130
It's National Immunization Week and experts are stressing the importance of everyone getting their shots. The message comes after an outbreak of measles in the Fraser Valley. Following the outbreak, most of the attention turned to making sure children were properly immunized. Bryce Wong from the B.C. Pharmacy Association says adults also need to make sure they're properly vaccinated.
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Statin use associated with poorer diets, weight gain
Drug Topics
Patients who use statins are consuming more calories and fats than a decade earlier, increasing the risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine. UCLA researchers found that patients taking statins from 2009 to 2010 had poorer diets and greater weight gain than individuals on statins in 1999 to 2000. Non-statin users did not experience the same increase in caloric and fat intake during that time period.
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Most exercise supplements unnecessary
Hamilton Spectator
I am always amazed by the wide range of sports nutrition products on sale in gyms. No matter the time of day, it seems gym-goers are always drinking nutrient shakes. There are health benefit claims all over these products, including enhanced recovery, increased muscle mass, fat burning, better muscle definition and improved well-being.
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Measles outbreak declared in Calgary, Edmonton and central Alberta
CBC News
Alberta officially declared a measles outbreak in Calgary, Edmonton and central Alberta. Health officials say the declaration was prompted by "several consecutive weeks in which new cases of measles disease have been confirmed." Dr. Marcia Johnson, medical officer of health for the Edmonton Zone, said there have been 22 cases of measles in the province, but because the disease has a long incubation period, more cases are expected to emerge.
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B.C. health authority halts fecal transplants
The Globe and Mail
A pilot project to offer potentially life-saving treatment involving fecal transplants has been halted by British Columbia's Fraser Health Authority, partly because of uncertainty over whether human feces should be considered a drug. Doctors were set to start offering the procedure at two hospitals as early as next month, even though Health Canada considers the treatment investigational. The treatments would have been provided to patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile infections.
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