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Archive for: drugs

Ontario hospitals surveyed on outsourcing IV drugs

A total of 10 hospitals in Ontario say they bought bulk IV medications from Marchese Hospital Solutions, a survey suggests. CBC | Health News

 

Ireland launches first “preferred drugs” list

Ireland launches first “preferred drugs” list PharmaTimes World News

 

Ontario law will close regulatory gap that led to diluted chemo drugs

Ontario law will close regulatory gap that led to diluted chemo drugs

College of Pharmacists will be empowered inspect facilities not previously considered a pharmacy or a drug manufacturer… Read on: globeandmail – National

 

More generic drugs added to pharmacare: Oswald

The province has introduced 81 more generic drugs to the pharmacare program. Health Minister Theresa Oswald said the lower drug prices will save Manitoba families $ 3.7 million a year. “The addition of these drugs to the formulary will...

 

26 more cancer patients received diluted chemo drugs

The number of cancer patients in Ontario and New Brunswick who received watered down chemotherapy drugs – some for more than a year – has climbed to more than 1,200. The London Health Sciences Centre said Friday that 26 additional patients...

 

Spending on drugs slowing down in Canada

Spending on drugs slowing down in Canada

There is a glimmer of good news for those fearing runaway health costs: New spending on drugs has dropped to the lowest level since 1996. The marked slowdown – drug spending was up 3.3 per cent in 2012, a long way from the double-digit increases...

 

Health minister says it’s not clear who is responsible for inspecting chemo drugs

“Health Canada has jurisdiction (over manufacturers), the Ontario College of Pharmacist has jurisdiction over pharmacists practicing in this province and pharmacies, hospitals have responsibility for the security of their drugs, There is...

 

Pharmacy expert to lead review after diluted chemo drugs fiasco

Pharmacy expert to lead review after diluted chemo drugs fiasco

A pharmacy expert will lead an independent review after nearly 1,200 patients at five hospitals, including four in Ontario, received diluted chemotherapy drugs during their cancer treatments, the provincial government says. Dr. Jake Thiessen,...

 

Orphan drugs join the price-squeeze club in Europe

Everyone who’s anyone in Big Pharma wants to amp up in orphan drugs. Treatments for rare disorders, many of them deadly, aren’t easily copied, and competitors are few, if not completely absent. Plus, payers are willing to pay top...

 

New Brunswick silent on response to diluted cancer drugs

The New Brunswick government is not saying how it plans to respond to news that 186 cancer patients at the Saint John Regional Hospital may have received watered down chemotherapy drugs. A total of 1,176 cancer patients in New Brunswick and...

 

Independent third party to probe watered-down chemo drugs

The Ontario government will appoint an independent third party to investigate how watered down chemotherapy drugs were given to nearly 1,200 patients in Ontario and New Brunswick. Health Minister Deb Matthews says the province has not appointed...

 

Watered down chemo drugs given to 1200 cancer patients

A total of 1,176 cancer patients in Ontario and New Brunswick received chemotherapy cocktails that were watered down, experts say. Patients in Oshawa, Peterborough, London and Windsor were given cyclophosphamide, used to treat cancers including … Health...

 

Nurses await green light to prescribe controlled drugs

Saskatchewan nurse practitioners are urging provincial regulators to move quickly on changes that would allow them to prescribe controlled drugs such as strong painkillers and anti-anxiety medication. The StarPhoenix – News / Saskatchewan

 

Health experts call for closer scrutiny of increasing use of ‘off-label’ drugs

Health experts call for closer scrutiny of increasing use of ‘off-label’ drugs

Using drugs to treat illnesses for which they haven’t been approved by Health Canada — or “off-label” use — is a growing “social experiment” in Canada that demands more careful scrutiny, experts say. Ottawa...

 

Health experts call for closer scrutiny of off-label drugs

OTTAWA (CP) — Six years ago, Ellyn Braun’s doctor told her that the acne medication she was taking could double as birth control, even though Health Canada doesn’t regulate it as a form of contraception. Cape Breton Post – News