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  • Pharmacare national prescription drug program gains support

    It's a buzzword in the medical community, although one that hasn't quite caught fire yet with Canadians at large: pharmacare, a national program that would see prescription drugs covered through a publicly funded system rather than out of pocket.

    Many doctors are clamouring for it. Canadians dream of it when faced with sky-high drug costs as they fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses. Even private insurers aren't entirely opposed.


    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-br...port-1.2788351

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    Pharmacists still the 'best placed health professionals' to check drug risks

    Pharmacists are still seem as the best equipped health-care professionals to ensure the safety of drug prescriptions, despite the failure of two of them who ignored the risks of an adverse reaction between two medications, leading to the death of a B.C. woman.

    "Much is expected of pharmacists across the country, and that has been expanding over these last years," said Zubin Austin, a professor at the University of Toronto's faculty of pharmacy. "What I would suggest, though, is that pharmacists are the best placed health-care professionals to prevent these kind of unfortunate situations.

    More:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/pharmacists-still-the-best-placed-health-professionals-to-check-drug-risks-1.2789218

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      Anti-marijuana ad's dubious claim a scary hit with parents

      Health Canada's latest anti-marijuana ad makes a "scary" claim about lowered IQ that has been widely challenged by researchers, but the campaign went ahead anyway after that message tested well with focus groups.

      An ominous 30-second ad now on YouTube and TV warns that smoking too many joints can seriously harm a teen's developing brain, with the words "Decreased IQ" crossing the screen.


      More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/anti...ents-1.2876654

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