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Canada Ranks as one of Top Spenders on Pharmaceutical Drugs

A study from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranks Canada as the fourth-highest spender when measured by population among 29 countries, with one-third of the dollars spent on pharmaceuticals paid for out-of-pocket. In 2013, the OECD average spend on pharmaceuticals was $515 USD a person, and Canada spent $713 a person, which […]

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Are you Heart Healthy?

Recently, we had Dr. Duanita Eleniak come in from Ceridian LifeWorks for a Lunch n’ Learn to discuss heart health. She started off the Lunch n’ Learn with a quiz to test our heart health knowledge, and ended with tips on how to be more heart healthy. She also identified the cause and markers for […]

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Fructose, high fructose syrup

Can maple syrup help lower the use of antibiotics?

Maple syrup is great on pancakes, waffles, and now, for helping to cut the use of antibiotics. According to a new study by McGill University, maple syrup may be able to help in the fight against infection-causing bacteria resulting in a lower use of common antibiotics. The scientists at McGill discovered maple syrup on its […]

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Canadian Government Launches Online Tool for Drug Safety Information

The Government of Canada recently passed Vanessa’s Law with the intention to better protect Canadians from unsafe drugs by introducing important safety improvements and transparency measures to the Food and Drugs Act. As part of these improvements, the government also launched the Drug and Health Product Register (DHPR) online tool. Health Canada has approved all […]

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Brand-name Drug Manufacturers see Generic Manufacturers as Serious Threat

As competition between brand-name and generic drugs grows, so do the attacks, according to a recent article by the National Post. Supporters of pharmaceuticals are attacking generic manufacturers by speculating that the different inactive ingredients in generic drugs could trigger harmful reactions. Generic drugs are pharmaceutical copies produced after the original brand-name patent expires. They […]

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Superbugs

Not All Bugs Need Drugs!

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a global report on antibiotic resistance and the threat it poses to worldwide health. The report warns that within a decade, antibiotics will no longer be effective in killing bacterial diseases. For many years, the medical community has been warning that not all bugs need drugs, […]

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Manitoba Considering Forcing Pharmacies to Advertise Dispensing Fees

Manitoba residents pay the highest average dispensing fees in the country — anywhere between $4.50 and $13 a prescription. So their provincial government is looking at becoming one of the first provinces in Canada to force pharmacies to advertise how much people have to pay to get their prescriptions filled. The College of Pharmacists of […]

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Reducing the Rising Costs of Prescription Drugs

Canadians usually flock to the United States to cash in on good deals and cheaper prices, especially during retail events like Black Friday. But did you know that one million Americans are turning to Canadian pharmacies to fill their prescriptions for less expensive drugs? By doing so, they are saving hundreds of dollars a year […]

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Exercise may be as Effective as Drugs

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), physical inactivity is the fourth-leading risk factor for worldwide mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally each year. If that’s not reason enough to get up and workout, a recent study has discovered exercise may be at least as effective as some drugs in reducing the risk […]

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Another Reason Not to Overuse Antibiotics

In an age of rising healthcare costs and longer wait times, consumers are being urged to be active participants in the management of their health. Becoming more knowledgeable about the drugs they’re being prescribed, and questioning whether or not those drugs are really needed is all part of being an active participant. A Canadian campaign […]

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