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Pharmacy Practice + Business is the one-stop pharmacy magazine for Canadian pharmacists and pharmacy owners. This comprehensive resource brings together the best of two leading publications: the trusted, independent clinical and professional content that made Pharmacy Practice+ Canada’s #1 pharmacy journal for more than 30 years, and—to help pharmacist owners succeed—the innovative yet practical business guidance that has earned widespread appreciation for Pharmacy Business.

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October 2017

Time to get serious about medical marijuana

Vicki Wood | October 27, 2017 | Pharmacy Practice + Business
Last weekend, I went to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to visit a friend. We’d been told that Dennis, who’d battled prostate cancer for over three years, was in serious condition. But when we arrived at his room, he was in a chair, calmly meditating. On his table were an array of enzymes, vitamins and mushroom   More

Drug News – October 2017

Lu-Ann Murdoch | October 27, 2017 | Pharmacy Practice + Business
Brinavess for rapid conversion of recent onset AF vernakalant hydrochloride 20 mg/mL solution for injection; 25 mL vial, Cardiome Pharma (1-800-330-9928). Canadian distributor: Innomar Strategies. INDICATIONS: For rapid conversion of recent onset atrial fibrillation (AF) to sinus rhythm. Intended for nonsurgery patients with duration of AF ≤ 7 days or postcardiac surgery patients with duration of AF   More

Are drug therapies effective for post-traumatic stress disorder?

Glen Schoepp | October 27, 2017 | Pharmacy Practice + Business
Q: Are drug therapies effective for post-traumatic stress disorder? A. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a chronic psychiatric disorder caused by exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violence. Traumatic events during military combat, natural disasters, terrorist acts, serious accidents, rape or child abuse can lead to PTSD symptoms such as distressing memories,   More

Do pharmacists have a role to play in deprescribing?

Derek Jorgenson | October 27, 2017 | Pharmacy Practice + Business
Q: I am constantly reading about deprescribing in journals, conferences, and even in the media. Do pharmacists have a role to play in deprescribing? A: Pharmacists can and should play a significant role in deprescribing. It represents an opportunity for pharmacists to improve patient care and work collaboratively with other health professionals. Deprescribing refers to the concept that less   More

Pediatric antibiotics: Practical tips for optimizing use in children

Natalie Dayneka | October 25, 2017 | Pharmacy Practice + Business
Antibiotic exposure at a young age can have lasting effects on a child.(1,2) Pharmacists have an important role in optimizing antibiotic use for children in their communities. Because of their daily interaction with the public, pharmacists are in an excellent position for health promotion that can ultimately decrease the need for antibiotics in their communities.   More

Managing allergic rhinitis

Nardine Nakhla | October 25, 2017 | Pharmacy Practice + Business
Case FM is a 38-year-old man experiencing a runny, stuffy nose (both nostrils) and itchy, watery eyes on most days for the past two weeks. These symptoms develop around the same time each year (end of summer) and usually last five to six weeks. They seem to be worse this year and are interfering with his   More

Prescribing hydroquinone for melasma and skin lightening

Aaron Sihota | October 25, 2017 | Pharmacy Practice + Business
Healthcare practitioners are often hesitant to recommend hydroquinone to patients. This may stem from a lack of knowledge; either regarding the evidence for its use, or which patients may benefit from this therapy, or about other effective treatment options available. Yet, prescribed correctly, hydroquinone can be a valuable tool for the management of melasma and dark   More

5 tips for reducing the risk of pharmacy robberies

Heather Foley | October 25, 2017 | Pharmacy Practice + Business
Patient safety is always at the forefront of every patient care decision. But what about the safety of those who care for the patients? What about community pharmacy safety? While other crimes across the country may be decreasing, pharmacy robberies (usually committed to acquire narcotics) are increasing in certain jurisdictions across the country.(1-3) Pharmacy robberies   More

A world of experience exploring pharmacists’ influence in care

Tiana Tilli | October 25, 2017 | Pharmacy Practice + Business
During my time in university, I was heavily involved in promoting the role of the pharmacist. My special interest is in providing care to marginalized patient populations, individuals who are homeless and under-housed, people with HIV/AIDS, individuals who are transgender, and those from Indigenous communities. I gained exposure to hospital practice at St. Michael’s, working on   More

Create a value proposition that patients actually care about

Gerry Spitzner | October 25, 2017 | Pharmacy Practice + Business
Getting your value proposition right is critical to your business model. You can have the best features, perfectly executed business operations, the right price etc., but no one will ever know, if they don’t get past your high-level value proposition. Your value proposition is the crunch point at the intersection between your business strategy and your   More
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