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| The calendar year is coming to a close, and CSHP would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.
As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer CSHP e-Newsbrief subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!
Your regular news publication will resume on Wednesday January 7, 2015.
10. Pharmacy residents show worth in geriatric clinic
Pharmacy Practice News
February 19, 2014:
Pharmacists are acutely aware of the problems associated with polypharmacy, especially in the geriatric population. Defined as administration of more medicines than are clinically indicated, polypharmacy increases vulnerability to adverse drug events and negative health outcomes. There is no consensus on how many prescriptions constitute polypharmacy, but common cut-points include five, six, or nine prescriptions. As the number of prescriptions increases, the risk for pharmacologic interactions between drugs and disease states escalates, as does the risk for patient administration errors.
9. World headed for dangerous 'post-antibiotic era,' WHO warns in landmark report
May 7, 2014: Unless immediate action is taken, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era where infections that were once treatable will turn deadly, according to a landmark report from the World Health Organization.
The report, issued Wednesday, says that antibiotics resistance is found in all parts of the world and can affect anyone of any age in any country. Antibiotics resistance, which the WHO says occurs when bacteria change and antibiotics no longer work against infections, “is now a major threat to public health.”
8. More than 200 Canadians infected by mosquito-borne chikungunya virus
The Globe and Mail
October 29, 2014: Health Canada says more than 200 Canadians have been infected by a virus that has sickened hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean and spurred a state of emergency in Jamaica.
201 Canadians had been infected with chikungunya (CHIK-un-gun-yah), a disease caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever and severe joint pain, as well as muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.
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7. Pharmacist: Nothing funny about so-called 'Visine prank'
Waterloo Region Record
January 1, 2014: Over-the-counter eye drops are safe products when they're used as intended, but can have dangerous consequences when abused as a prank or something more malicious, says the director of the pharmacy school at the University of Waterloo.
"There's unfortunately been some high-profile examples of people using eye drops orally to get back at people they don't like," David Edwards said. "To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever died from this type of poisoning, but there are very serious side-effects."
6. New act set to give Manitoba pharmacists greater authority
January 15, 2014: Patients will soon be able to receive a broader range of health-care services from their pharmacists.
"Pharmacists are among the most accessible health-care professionals for Manitobans," said Health Minister Erin Selby. "Legislative changes and new practice guidelines will allow them to play a greater role in supporting the health and well-being of people in our communities while improving accountability and enhancing patient safety." - See more at:
5. Super pharmacists ease doctors' burden
September 24, 2014: Meet Dr. Jamie Falk, one of a new brand of pharmacist in the province -- a so-called super pharmacist.
Falk is one of four pharmacists recently registered as extended-practice pharmacists, a title that recognizes they have specialized training to not only prescribe and manage a patient's medication, but to see them in much the same way as a doctor would.
"It's going to allow for smoother flow within the clinic," Falk said Tuesday. "The patient experience will be more efficient."
4. Alberta woman shares story of prescription mistake at local pharmacy
January 1, 2014: A woman in Sherwood Park says she was given the wrong instructions for a prescription she was given to help ease her anxiety before a dentist appointment, and took too much.
Steph Moiser admits she gets anxious when going to the dentist, and ahead of an appointment more than a week ago, her dentist prescribed anti-anxiety medication – 0.25 milligrams of Triazolam.
3. Hospital pharmacists forced to use old and recycled drugs
March 12, 2014: On-going drug shortages in Quebec are beginning to force some hospital pharmacists to give patients drugs past their best before date and to recycle medication, because they say there are no other options.
The association representing pharmacists in hospitals (APES) says, in a survey, members reported they were forced to give patients expired drugs, and ask nurses to keep leftovers of pain medication, so they could be used for the next patients.
2. Why the future of health care may depend on tearing down the hospital
The Globe and Mail
March 5, 2014: Adel Doss has seen the inside of a hospital too many times to count.
The 54-year-old Toronto resident, who has Type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, fell in his home last fall, leaving him with two broken arms and so frail he had to be hospitalized.
Mr. Doss spent a month recuperating at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
1. The only 3 things you need to know to be a good pharmacist
Greg L. Alston
June 11, 2014: For the past seven years, I have worked as an associate professor at the Wingate University School of Pharmacy in North Carolina. After working in the retail drug industry since 1977, I had this strange notion that I might be able to help the students balance the heavily acute-care clinical education with the more streetwise practical elements of community pharmacy.
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