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February 2013

Top 100 Drugs

| March 4, 2013 | Pharmacy Practice
witnessed a year of increased prescription volume fueled by generic prescription growth and brand patent expiries   More

Clinical Notes: Updated Canadian guidelines for insect bite prevention

Lu-Ann Murdoch | March 4, 2013 | Pharmacy Practice
The Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel has updated its recommendations for the use of personal protective measures to prevent arthropod bites (eg, mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies, tabanids, lice, mites, fleas, tsetse flies, reduviid bugs). Physical barriers (eg, protective clothing, bed nets) and chemical barriers (eg, topical repellents, bed   More

Clinical Notes: Updated Canadian Immunization Guide

Lu-Ann Murdoch | March 4, 2013 | Pharmacy Practice
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has begun to update the 2006 edition of the Canadian Immunization Guide. New and revised chapters are being posted online as they are approved. Previous versions of the guide were available in hardcopy format only. During the transition to the new online “evergreen” format,   More

Clinical Notes: Updated Canadian travel health website

Lu-Ann Murdoch | March 4, 2013 | Pharmacy Practice
The Canadian government has launched a newly revamped international travel information website (Travel.gc.ca) that consolidates information from all government departments. The new site features a “Country Travel Advice and Advisories” section that provides official information for each country in the world, including travel advisories, security issues, information on local laws   More

Drug News: February/March 2013

Lu-Ann Murdoch | March 4, 2013 | Pharmacy Practice
Apprilon: once-daily oral therapy for rosacea Apprilon (doxycycline modified-release 40 mg capsules, as doxycycline monohydrate), Galderma. Indications Treatment of inflammatory lesions (papules and pustules) of rosacea in adults. Does not have any clinically significant effect on the generalized erythema of rosacea. Action Capsules contain 30 mg of immediate-release doxycycline and 10 mg of delayed-release doxycycline beads. Formulation is   More

Historic east-coast building at the heart of 50-year-old undergraduate thesis

Carol Moreira | March 4, 2013 | Pharmacy Practice
As soon as he began his thesis on the history of pharmacy on Prince Edward Island, Allison Gallant realized that a beautiful, warmly hued brick building at the corner of Charlottetown’s Queen and Grafton streets stood at the heart of the story. Now a national historic site, Apothecaries’ Hall was built in 1900 to replace a   More

Practice Issues: Environmental Issues

Jackie Campbell | March 4, 2013 | Pharmacy Practice
environmental issues Jackie Campbell, BScPharm, LLB Environmental lawyer, Saxe Law Of ce, and drug information pharmacist, Toronto, Ont. Can drug expiry dates be extended? Consumers and healthcare professionals discard huge volumes of medications, just because these products have passed their expiration dates—according to the label. Considerable waste, from both environmental and cost perspectives, would be avoided   More

Practice Issues: Geriatrics

Cheryl Sadowski | March 4, 2013 | Pharmacy Practice
geriatrics Cheryl Sadowski  BScPhm, PharmD, FCSHP Associate professor, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta in Edmonton Tools to help flag potentially inappropriate medications When health professionals are told that their actions are “inappropriate,” it’s not surprising that they become defensive. Rather than providing useful guidance and support, tools that assess appropriateness of medications are sometimes used against   More

Practice Issues: Ethics and Issues

Derek Jorgenson | March 4, 2013 | Pharmacy Practice
ethics and issues Derek Jorgenson, BSP, PharmD,College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan; West Winds Primary Health Centre Q: It is encouraging to see all of the new remuneration opportunities for pharmacists in community practice, but don’t you find it odd that only pharmacies (and not pharmacists) can bill for these new services? A: I agree that it’s encouraging to   More

Editorial: Danger over the counter

Vicki Wood | March 4, 2013 | Pharmacy Practice
Last week, I had a discussion with a nurse that frightened me. The nurse, Linda, sets up a care station at the program where I volunteer, a drop-in and supplemental food program for marginalized, inner-city youth. As program co-ordinator, I provide the nurses with their basic supplies. Each week, Linda will give   More
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