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In this issue:
• Prescription drug spending growth fuelled by costly new drugs
• Paramedics could help ease hospital overcrowding at no extra cost
• Lyme disease victims complain they aren't getting proper diagnosis in Canada
• New legislation passes to help reduce smoking and obesity rates
• Rexall lands former Shoppers CEO Schreiber for top job
• B.C. backs away from a tobacco ban in pharmacies
• Pharmacy in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside ordered to close amid crackdown
• Chip makes testing for antibiotic-resistant bacteria faster, easier
Prescription drug spending growth fuelled by costly new drugs
Prescription drug spending in Canada reached an estimated $28.8 billion last year, driven by new biologics that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per patient.
A recent report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) focuses on public sector spending on prescribed drugs in 2014.
Paramedics could help ease hospital overcrowding at no extra cost
New Brunswick paramedics say they could be part of the solution to hospital overcrowding in the province at no extra cost.
Chris Hood, executive director of the Paramedic Association of New Brunswick, says many of the people who end up in the hospital could avoid going if small changes in their health were noticed sooner.
Lyme disease victims complain they aren't getting proper diagnosis in Canada
According to Health Canada, there's a small but growing population of Canadians diagnosed with Lyme disease.
It's a tick-borne bacterial infection that if unchecked, could attack the central nervous system and the heart.
But members of a local Lyme awareness group believe those diagnosed here in Canada represent only a fraction of people actually living with Lyme disease.
New legislation passes to help reduce smoking and obesity rates
Recently, the Ontario government passed the Making Healthier Choices Act, which will help families make healthier food choices by giving them caloric information when eating out or purchasing take-away meals. The act will also protect youth from the dangers of tobacco and the potential harms of electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes.
A unique online training program, developed by a team of experts and compliant with USP <797>, has just been launched by BCE Pharma. The program helps participants improve their knowledge and skills by watching videos related to compounding sterile preparations, filmed in a controlled environment. The participants also take part in online activities and quizzes to test their knowledge and answers are given in real time.
For more information call 1-514-544-5051 or visit www.bcepharma.com.
Rexall lands former Shoppers CEO Schreiber for top job
The Globe and Mail
A former leader of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. is taking over the top job at arch rival Rexall, the country's second-largest specialty drugstore chain after Shoppers, at a time of intensifying competition in the sector.
Jurgen Schreiber, who was chief executive officer at Shoppers for four years until 2011, will become CEO of the newly renamed Rexall Health in August, the company said.
B.C. backs away from a tobacco ban in pharmacies
B.C. is the only province that doesn't ban the sale of tobacco in pharmacies, and it looks as if that won't be changing anytime soon.
Health Minister Terry Lake is backing away from prohibiting smokes on drug store shelves, saying other jurisdictions in Canada do not have lower smoking rates than B.C.
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Pharmacy in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside ordered to close amid crackdown
The Globe and Mail
Amid a provincial crackdown on problem pharmacies, the College of Pharmacists of B.C. ordered a Downtown Eastside pharmacy to close, citing problems that included rat droppings, dirty washrooms and merchandise that was haphazardly stored.
College representatives went to the facility one morning to deliver an official notice and to post signs informing clients that the pharmacy's license would be suspended and that it would not be accepting any new clients between now and that date.
Chip makes testing for antibiotic-resistant bacteria faster, easier
A 2015 Health Canada report estimates that superbugs have already cost Canadians $1 billion, and are a "serious and growing issue." Each year two million people in the U.S. contract antibiotic-resistant infections, and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result.
But tests for antibiotic resistance can take up to three days to come back from the lab, hindering doctors' ability to treat bacterial infections quickly. Now PhD researcher Justin Besant and his team at the University of Toronto have designed a small and simple chip to test for antibiotic resistance in just one hour.
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