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In this issue:

Hospital discharge service by pharmacists cuts COPD readmission rates
HPV vaccine program for 'at-risk' boys classifies as discrimination
Rotenberg: Our dangerous overuse of antibiotics
If Health Canada changes the maximum dosage of acetaminophen, who will suffer?
Health Ministers consider alternate approaches for expanding pharmacare
How antiretroviral drugs can suppress HIV, one pill at a time
Premiers ready to welcome Ottawa into alliance that buys drugs in bulk
Your government on weed: Health Canada to spend another $1.5 million on anti-drug ads




Hospital discharge service by pharmacists cuts COPD readmission rates
Modern Medicine Network
Patients hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at high risk for 30- and 60-day readmissions. In 2008, the mean 60-day admission rate following an emergency department visit of COPD patients was 18 per cent and the mean readmission rate was more than 30 per cent. Researchers from Houston, Texas, undertook a two-phase study to determine the effect of clinical pharmacy services with multidose medication dispensing on discharge (MMDD) on 30- and 60-day readmissions of COPD patients, according to a report in the July 15th issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists, published online, ahead of print.
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HPV vaccine program for 'at-risk' boys classifies as discrimination
The Globe and Mail
The British Columbia Ministry of Health's recent decision to offer the HPV vaccine free of charge for young males who are "vulnerable" and "at-risk" aims to protect more children. The province will now extend the cancer-preventing vaccine to gay and "street-involved" boys. But the well-intentioned policy risks stigmatizing young people. B.C. should follow the lead of other provinces and offer the vaccine to all girls and all boys.
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Rotenberg: Our dangerous overuse of antibiotics
Ottawa Citizen
Antibiotics are a precious resource that, if used appropriately, can be life-saving and curative. However, the overuse of antibiotics in humans has led to the development of many types of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that fail to respond to these agents — and that can be deadly. Antibiotic resistance is now a major global public health problem with serious societal costs.
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If Health Canada changes the maximum dosage of acetaminophen, who will suffer?
Healthcare Global
Originally reported by our sister brand Business Review Canada (with the help of CBC News), Health Canada is reportedly trying to get the maximum recommended daily dose of acetaminophen lowered. While the company has good reason for wanting to ensure people are taking the right amount of the pain medication to prevent accidental overdosing, it's interesting to consider who could possibly suffer if the order actually happens.
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Health Ministers consider alternate approaches for expanding pharmacare
The Globe and Mail
Canada's provincial and territorial health ministers debated ways of structuring a national pharmacare program at a recent meeting in Toronto, including adopting a two-tier payment system that would see some drugs given away for free and a second-tier of medicines that would be paid for privately.
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How antiretroviral drugs can suppress HIV, one pill at a time
The Globe and Mail
The aim is that by 2020, 90 per cent of people living with HIV will be diagnosed; 90 per cent of them will be on antiretroviral treatment; and 90 per cent will be virally suppressed, having such low levels of HIV in blood and body fluids that the chance of passing the virus to sex partners is greatly reduced. The key is early detection and treatment, Montaner says, pointing to the success of B.C.'s Treatment as Prevention program that offers free access to HIV testing, treatment and care.
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Premiers ready to welcome Ottawa into alliance that buys drugs in bulk
CTV News
Canada's premiers have agreed to allow the federal government to join a provincial and territorial alliance that buys prescription drugs in bulk. But Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski said recently that the provinces and territories would like to see Ottawa bring all of its drug plans into the alliance, not just some.
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Your government on weed: Health Canada to spend another $1.5 million on anti-drug ads
National Post
Health Canada is spending $1.5 million to air recycled ads on prescription drugs and pot in the run-up to the fall federal election. The federal health agency started re-airing the ads that will run on TV and online until Aug. 8. Health Minister Rona Ambrose says the ads illustrate the harmful effects of prescription drug abuse and the impact of marijuana use on the developing brains of teenagers.
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