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In this issue:

Canadians among top buyers, sellers on Silk Road
Prescription drug shortage hits B.C. patients
Study: Commonly prescribed antibiotic can cause severe liver injury
Canadian Business magazine reveals Jean Coutu Group as top favourite Canadian brand
Canada and EU still can't see eye-to-eye on brand-name drug patents
The battle to bottle up drug costs
Paying for rent or medication: A decision Canadians should not have to make
Our health system fails both doctors and patients
Poll: Lack of supplementary health care coverage keeps some Canadians from medical treatment


Canadians among top buyers, sellers on Silk Road
Calgary Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Canadians are among the top sellers and buyers of marijuana, steroids, cocaine and other drugs available at the click of a mouse on an anonymous website that functions like a black market version of eBay, a study has found. The website, called Silk Road, uses a digital currency to protect online purchases, and an anonymity software to conceal users' identities online, making it very difficult for law enforcement agents to locate the site's servers or its participants. More



Prescription drug shortage hits B.C. patients
CBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Patients in British Columbia are being forced to switch medications due to prescription drug shortages, making many treatments unavailable across the province. Health Canada encourages manufacturers to report any current or anticipated shortages to an online database. However, many patients are either leaving pharmacies empty-handed or switching their medication after finding it difficult to get the prescription drugs they need to treat a range of conditions, including cystic fibrosis. More

Study: Commonly prescribed antibiotic can cause severe liver injury
Vancouver Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A commonly prescribed antibiotic appears to increase the risk of severe liver damage in some older patients, researchers say. Levofloxacin is often prescribed to treat respiratory and sinus infections, as is another drug in the same class, moxifloxacin, which is known to be linked to severe liver damage in patients on rare occasions. In 2010, Health Canada issued a safety warning about this potentially dangerous side effect of moxifloxacin, which led to a change in its labelling. More



Canadian Business magazine reveals Jean Coutu Group as top favourite Canadian brand
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In its third annual survey, Canadian Business magazine examined the top brands that Canadians love and trust. So who came out on top? The number one Canadian company, as ranked by Canadians, was Jean Coutu Group. The Quebec-based pharmacy operates nearly 360 locations across Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. More

Canada and EU still can't see eye-to-eye on brand-name drug patents
Canada.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Europe's demand that Canada expand the patent rights of brand-name drug manufacturers has been deemed too politically hot for officials to handle in the Canada-European Union free trade negotiations, say observers who have been briefed on the talks. The issue, one of the most sensitive on the table and a major source of concern for B.C. and other provincial governments grappling with soaring health costs, will be decided by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet during 11th-hour talks expected at the end of this year, they say. More

The battle to bottle up drug costs
The Globe and Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the past 18 months, Costco's prescription sales among Toromont's work force have jumped tenfold, at the expense of other drugstores, no doubt in part because employees don't have to pay the regular $9 deductible per prescription. More

Paying for rent or medication: A decision Canadians should not have to make
CNW Newswire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The increasing prevalence of diabetes in Ontario is alarming with approximately 1.2 million Ontarians estimated to be living with the disease. This number is projected to jump to nearly 2 million by 2020. Equally alarming is the cost burden imposed on Ontario by the disease — almost $5 billion in 2010 and projected to be almost $7 billion by 2020. Eighty per cent of these costs are attributed to serious and life-threatening complications from the disease such as cardiovascular disease. More

Our health system fails both doctors and patients
Ottawa Citizen    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As divisive and angry debate continues to rage between Ontario's doctors and government over cuts to the health care budget, it is worth asking whether our current health care system is, in fact, 'healthy'. A successful and sustainable system must care for the needs of health care practitioners and patients equally. More

Poll: Lack of supplementary health care coverage keeps some Canadians from medical treatment
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Canada prides itself on its universal health care system and many Canadians don't understand why the United States allows millions of Americans to go without health insurance coverage. But an Ipsos-Reid poll commissioned by the three health bodies suggests many Canadians don't have adequate medical coverage despite universal medicare. The gap, according to the association, is in supplementary health benefits. More


 


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