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In this issue:

Study: Health Canada should regulate hospital pharmacies
Why wait for a health-care crisis to put patients' safety first?
Pharmacists can save Nova Scotia millions
Introducing deprescribing into culture of medication
Study: Better health insurance could cut drug deaths
Oral anti-cancer therapy Pomalidomide approved by European Commission
Tight control of ICU glucose takes a big hit
Coutu shores up cash for pharmacy acquisitions
Rexall builds loyalty with new program


Study: Health Canada should regulate hospital pharmacies
CBC News
Health Canada should regulate all entities that mix drugs outside a licensed pharmacy, an expert that looked into the chemotherapy drug scare that rocked two provinces recommended recently. It also urged Ontario to bring in stronger rules for licensed pharmacies, by inspecting and licensing those in the province's clinics and hospitals as well as pharmacies that prepare large volumes of drug mixtures.
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Why wait for a health-care crisis to put patients' safety first?
The Globe and Mail
Here's a wacky idea: Instead of waiting for a health-care disaster to happen, enduring the media pummelling, staging a public inquiry, then settling the raft of lawsuits, why not learn from others and be proactive about patient safety?
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Pharmacists can save Nova Scotia millions
Kings County Register/Advertiser
It is my contention that pharmacists deliver more primary health care, free of charge or covered in a minimal way, more than any health care professional. While they are saving health care dollars now, the figure could grow to millions in our province. The Pharmacy Association of Canada has developed a plan, called "9,000 Points of Care," to improve patient outcomes, contain costs and ensure the sustainability of our healthcare system.
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Introducing deprescribing into culture of medication
CMAJ
An Ontario pharmacist has received a government grant to develop clinical guidelines to help doctors determine whether patients are on medications they no longer need or that should be reduced. "We don't normally test drugs in the elderly, but they are taking many drugs. As they get older and get more chronic conditions, the number of medications increases," says Barbara Farrell, a clinical scientist with the Bruyère Research Institute in Ottawa, ON.
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Study: Better health insurance could cut drug deaths
24 Hours Vancouver
A new study out of Vancouver suggests health insurance could help curb opioid-related deaths by covering substitution treatment, such as methadone, for those struggling with drug addiction. The study, conducted by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in conjunction with U.S. researchers, also recommends expansion of evidence-based treatments, which offer treatment indefinitely and treat addiction as a recurring condition.
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Oral anti-cancer therapy Pomalidomide approved by European Commission
Financial Post
International Sàrl, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Celgene Corporation recently announced that the European Commission has granted approval for Pomalidomide, in combination with dexamethasone, for the treatment of relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma in adult patients who have received at least two prior therapies including both lenalidomide and bortezomib and have demonstrated disease progression on the last therapy.
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Coutu shores up cash for pharmacy acquisitions
Bloomberg
Jean Coutu Group, the second-best performing pharmacy stock in North America in the past three years, is poised to buy up smaller rivals as it hoards cash amid consolidation in Canada's retail industry. The Longueuil, QC-based company has built up cash of about $462 million by selling a 28 per cent stake in Rite Aid in three different equity transactions since April, according to statements released by the company.
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Rexall builds loyalty with new program
Canadian Grocer
One of Canada's largest pharmacy chains is giving customers the option to get up close and personal with their medication records. Rexall's recent launch of MyRexall gives pharmacy patrons the ability to see and print their medication records from the comfort of home via a secure online account. Customers can also request refills, transfer prescriptions from other Rexall locations and access special offers.
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Tight control of ICU glucose takes a big hit
Pharmacy Practice News
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has advised clinicians not to use intensive insulin therapy to manage hyperglycemia in surgical and medical intensive care unit patients with or without diabetes. The ACP concluded that targeting blood glucose levels between 80 and 100 mg/dL does not lower the risk for ICU-related mortality and increases the risk for hypoglycemia by more than five times.

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Regina hospitals face pharmacists shortage
The Leader-Post
The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan says there is a severe shortage of hospital pharmacists in a number of Regina hospital wards — including the cardiac care unit and children's ward at the Regina General Hospital.

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Despite risks, 'benzos' widely used across Canada
Windsor Star
When Shirley was handed a three-month prescription for Ativan, her doctor insisted the popular sedative was just an "innocent little thing" to help her sleep. But after her doctor yanked her off the drug cold turkey, rather than slowly tapering off the dosage, Shirley plunged into a deep withdrawal.

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