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In this issue:

Ottawa won't intervene in generic OxyContin decision
Druggists: Painkiller patches the new fix
Canada boasts record number of doctors, but is it enough?
Study: Transporting hypothermia victims to distant hospitals can prevent death
Alberta health minister imposes $463 million deal on doctors
OMA deal adds $100 million to doctor compensation, reduces patient tests
Province needs to use over 100,000 doses of nasal spray flu vaccine FluMist
Health inspectors tried to close New England Compounding Center a decade ago


Ottawa won't intervene in generic OxyContin decision
CTV News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Canada's health minister says she cannot delay or block the approval of generic OxyContin on the premise that some could misuse and become addicted to it. In a letter to her provincial counterparts, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said that there's nothing in the Food and Drugs Act that indicates she could withhold the approval ofgeneric Oxy if the formula is considered 'safe and effective' when taken as recommended. More



Druggists: Painkiller patches the new fix
The Windsor Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The scientific name for it is fentanyl. A synthetic narcotic said to be 100 times more powerful than morphine, it's used in the form of skin patches for painkilling purposes — but local pharmacists and addictions counsellors warn that it's fast replacing oxycodone as the drug of choice for opioid abusers. More

Canada boasts record number of doctors, but is it enough?
The Globe and Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A large increase in medical-school enrolment, coupled with the on-going recruitment of foreign-trained physicians has produced a record number of Canadian doctors. In fact, over the past five years, the supply of physicians has been growing at three times the rate of the population, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. More

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Study: Transporting hypothermia victims to distant hospitals can prevent death
The Vancouver Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even if a hypothermia victim has no heartbeat, getting them to a hospital equipped with a heart-lung machine could save lives, says a study by a University of British Columbia researcher published. The victim would have to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), likely with a mechanical device, all the way to a major hospital, according Dr. Doug Brown, main author of the article published in the New England Journal of Medicine. But patients have recovered with no brain damage after more than five hours of CPR. More

Alberta health minister imposes $463 million deal on doctors
Calgary Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Health Minister Fred Horne has imposed a $463 million compensation agreement on the province's doctors, as 20 months of negotiations with the Alberta Medical Association ended in a stalemate. The salary arrangement includes a one-time 2.5 per cent raise for each doctor based on 2011-12 billings, and cost of living increases for the next three years. More

OMA deal adds $100 million to doctor compensation, reduces patient tests
The Toronto Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A deal reached between the provincial government and the Ontario Medical Association will add $100 million to the physician compensation budget but both sides insist doctors are not getting a pay hike. OMA president Dr. Doug Weir said doctors have agreed to find savings through such measures as reducing unnecessary tests. In exchange, the Ontario government has reversed course on about $75 million in fee cuts imposed on doctors through regulation in the spring. More



Province needs to use over 100,000 doses of nasal spray flu vaccine FluMist
Calgary Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Spray flu vaccines didn't make as big of a splash with young Albertans as the province had expected and now the doses must be used up. As of early November only 38,000 of 150,000 available doses of FluMist, a nasal spray immunization being offered in Alberta for the first time this year, had been given out. More

Health inspectors tried to close New England Compounding Center a decade ago
CBS News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy connected to a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis, was already on the radar of federal health inspectors a decade ago, according to congressional investigators. Back then, inspectors had wanted to close the facility down until it cleaned up its operations. More


 


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