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In this issue:

Health Canada: Don't give codeine to kids under 12
B.C. health authority blasted for wheelchair user fee
2 for-profit Ontario companies win major home-care contracts in Alberta
U.S. girls of all ages can buy morning-after pill as appeal proceeds
Ottawa tables final rules for medical marijuana
N.S. will see flu shot savings
Opinion: The Canadian government still embraces a war-on-drugs mentality
Canadian research suggests drug options to mitigate symptoms of deadly Tay-Sachs
Diluted cancer drugs were cheaper than from previous supplier
Calcium at 1000 mg/d Is safe, reduces deaths — at least in women


Health Canada: Don't give codeine to kids under 12
Toronto Star
More than two years after the deaths or near death of three children prescribed codeine, Health Canada has toughened its warning about giving the painkiller to children under age 12. Prescription pain and cough medicine containing codeine should not to given to children under age 12, Health Canada said in a release.
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B.C. health authority blasted for wheelchair user fee
CBC News
Fraser Health Authority is being severely criticized for a new policy imposing a user fee on elderly long-term care patients requiring wheelchairs. Delta South Independent MLA Vicki Huntington says she is speechless about the $25 fee charged for wheelchairs or wheelchair cushions. The fee is due to take effect on Sept. 1.
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2 for-profit Ontario companies win major home-care contracts in Alberta
Calgary Herald
A pair of major national health companies will together receive up to $371 million over the next five years to provide home care in Edmonton and Calgary. CBI Health and Bayshore Healthcare, both based in Ontario, were the largest winners among a dozen successful bidders for home-are contracts from Alberta Health Services.
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U.S. girls of all ages can buy morning-after pill as appeal proceeds
CTV News
Girls of any age can buy generic versions of emergency contraception without prescriptions while the federal government appeals a judge's ruling allowing the sales, a federal appeals court said. The order, the latest in a series of rulings in a complex back-and-forth over access to the drug, was met with praise from advocates for girls' and women's rights and scorn from social conservatives and other opponents, who argue the drug's availability takes away the rights of parents of girls who could get it without their permission.
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Ottawa tables final rules for medical marijuana
Times Colonist
After two years of back and forth, the federal government has finalized its new rules for medical marijuana and has granted a last-minute reprieve to pharmacists who opposed the rules in their draft form. Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq has rolled out the regulations for final publication in the Canada Gazette. Under the new regime, the government will no longer produce or distribute medical pot and medical marijuana users will no longer be allowed to grow the product at home.
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N.S. will see flu shot savings
The Chronicle Herald
Nova Scotians will save about $6 per jab when pharmacists begin giving flu shots this fall. Earlier this week, the province changed its regulations so that pharmacists could administer the flu vaccine and other drugs, like travel vaccines, and order and interpret tests to manage drug therapy. Flu shots are offered to the public for free but ultimately taxpayers do pick up the bill. The shots will still be available from doctors.
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Opinion: The Canadian government still embraces a war-on-drugs mentality
The Globe and Mail
The Canadian government has the right to set the ground rules for any medical clinics that supervise the injection of illegal drugs. But in doing so, it must not allow sick people to die on specious grounds related to the "war on drugs," the Supreme Court says. With a new law introduced recently — the opportunistically-named Respect for Communities Act — Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq leaves one to wonder whether she could give a fair-minded consideration to any proposal for such a clinic.
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Canadian research suggests drug options to mitigate symptoms of deadly Tay-Sachs
Ottawa Citizen
New research from McMaster University may offer some hope for the parents of children with fatal Tay-Sachs disease. The work points to drugs that may help mitigate the symptoms of the genetic condition, which kills sufferers while they are still young children. The lead author of the research says it would not be a cure, but might prolong the lives of children with Tay-Sachs and a related condition called Sandhoff and improve their quality of life.
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Study suggests commonly used class of antibiotics linked to kidney damage
Winnipeg Free Press
A new study says commonly used antibiotics called fluoroquinolones appear to increase a user's risk of developing kidney injuries. The study says people taking the drugs have double the risk of developing kidney problems while they are on the medication than people who aren't taking these drugs.

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U.S. approves "new class" of diabetes drug, under review in Canada
CMAJ
The United States' recent approval of a new drug to treat type 2 diabetes has paved the way for its introduction in Canada. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved canagliflozin, a drug developed by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation and marketed by Johnson & Johnson under the brand name Invokana.

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Recall issued for 5 prescription drugs sold in Canada
CBC News
Four companies have announced the recall of several batches of prescription drugs in use in Canada. Health Canada said it has not received any reports of adverse effects related to the medications, and the recall is a precautionary measure.

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Diluted cancer drugs were cheaper than from previous supplier
Global Toronto
The company at the centre of a storm over diluted chemotherapy drugs was charging far less for bags filled with the drug-and-saline mixture than the previous long-standing supplier, a legislative committee heard. Marchese Hospital Solutions was offering a service charge of just $5.60 and $6.62 per bag, while Baxter Corp., which was bidding to renew a contract it had since 2008, priced them between $21 and $34, the committee heard.
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Calcium at 1000 mg/d Is safe, reduces deaths — at least in women
Medscape Medical News
New results from 10 years of follow-up in an observational Canadian study show that calcium intake of up to 1000 mg/day from food or dietary supplements is more likely to be beneficial than harmful. The findings, however, were significant only for women, not for men, report Lisa Langsetmo, MD, from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and colleagues in their paper, published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
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