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In this issue:

Poll: Canadians want choice in how they access health care
FDA OKs first new prescription diet drug in a decade
Researcher: Canadians paying $2 million a year too much for prescription drugs
Drug patent extension would be costly to consumers and government
Survey: Canadians favour more services at pharmacies
Report says give Ontario nurses more powers
New vaccine for nicotine addiction
Guelph hospitals weathering drug shortage


Poll: Canadians want choice in how they access health care
Canada.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The majority of Canadians support a 'mixed' model of health care that would give them the option of spending their own money for care in a private system, according to the results of a new poll. And three-quarters of them support being able to buy private health insurance for all forms of medically necessary treatment, including cancer care and heart surgery, which they could then obtain outside of the public health care system. More



FDA OKs first new prescription diet drug in a decade
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to the first new prescription diet drug in more than a decade. Lorcaserin, to be sold as Belviq, from Arena Pharmaceuticals, works on brain chemistry to create a feeling of fullness. It helps people lose about 5 per cent or more of their starting weight when used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise. More

Researcher: Canadians paying $2 million a year too much for prescription drugs
Toronto Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Taxpayers could save nearly $2 million a year on prescription drug costs if hospitals and provincial governments harmonize their drug plans, says a doctor and researcher at St. Mike's Hospital in Toronto. Total spending on health care in Canada last year was close to $200 billion — roughly $5,800 per Canadian — according to information from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, an independent organization partly funded by provincial health ministries. More

Drug patent extension would be costly to consumers and government
The Chronicle Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The goals of any national pharmacare program should be to increase the number of people covered until every Canadian has at least some drug coverage, and to reduce the cost of medications to both government and individual Canadians. In order to accomplish these goals, it goes without saying that it is necessary to reduce drug costs significantly. More

Survey: Canadians favour more services at pharmacies
Times Colonist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On the cusp of a milestone for medicare and a much-anticipated report on health-care innovation, Canadians have indicated that they are willing to think outside the box on how they access health-care services. The majority of Canadians would be open to seeing private-sector pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug Mart extend their products and services into new avenues of health care, according to the results of an Ipsos Reid poll. More

Report says give Ontario nurses more powers
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A new report is urging the province to give its nurses more powers. It says Ontario should let nurses perform tasks like diagnosing ear and throat infections and prescribe drugs, such as birth control pills. The report by the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario also says nurses should be able to order lab tests and manage chronic illnesses for long-time patients. More

New vaccine for nicotine addiction
Health Canal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the journal Science Translational Medicine, scientists describe how a single dose of their novel vaccine protects mice, over their lifetime, against nicotine addiction. The vaccine is designed to use the animal's liver as a factory to continuously produce antibodies that gobble up nicotine the moment it enters the bloodstream, preventing the chemical from reaching the brain and even the heart. More

Guelph hospitals weathering drug shortage
Guelph Mercury    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While production of injectable medications has partially resumed at drug maker Sandoz Canada, Guelph General Hospital is scrambling to find alternatives that are proving difficult to get and more expensive. Quebec-based Sandoz, the major supplier of painkillers, antibiotic drugs, anesthetics, sedatives and cancer medications, suffered a double whammy early this year when it cut production to upgrade manufacturing facilities and had a fire in a plant. More


 


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