Unintended Consequences of OHIP Plus

With the OHIP Plus finally kicking in, I wonder if there have been any unintended consequences that we are just starting to realize. Many have argued it is a political move from the Liberal party to secure a “sure win” in the upcoming election. Others may see it as a step toward a Universal Pharmacare in Canada.  One way or another, its intention is to allow all children and youth under the age of 25 in Ontario to have access to prescription medications without any barriers.

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Our Opioid Crisis is perhaps a Side Effect of Our Mental Health Crisis

There is a lot of money invested to address our current opioid crisis. We discuss an opioid strategy and implement measures at various levels.  We distribute naloxone kits through our community pharmacies, we provide support through academic detailing services at physicians’ offices and we increase awareness of the risks and harm with long term opioid use in public education campaigns. On many levels, all these activities are addressing our ongoing opioid crisis. But if we dig further, we are also looking at our mental health crisis that desperately needs more attention too.

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Direct-to-Consumer Advertising or Public Health Awareness?

Recently, many primary health providers have been bombarded with questions about the latest shingles vaccine, Shringrix made by GlaxoSmithKline.

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Let’s Focus on Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  As a pharmacist, I am often asked how to best optimize medications for patient with Type 2 diabetes. There are many medications already available on the market, and there will be many more to be developed. But what I find odd, is that we haven’t spent enough time to focus on prevention, when we know Type 2 diabetes can be preventable.

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Falling Stars

November is Fall Prevention Month. I wrote a post last year that I think is still relevant today. Here are things to consider when doing a medication review for fall prevention. #fallprevention

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We pay a lot of attention to falls in the elderly population. When someone has sustained a fall, it usually signals a decline in clinical status. A fall often results in injuries, bone fractures, loss of mobility, independence, and eventually death.

While most people point to psychotropic drugs as the culprit of falls, there are many other factors to consider when completing a fall risk assessment pertaining to medications.

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Anticonvulsant Options for Outpatient Alcohol Detox Program

Alcoholism is a bigger issue that we like to acknowledge. From the individuals with opioid use disorder to patients with longstanding psychiatric history, their medical issues are often coupled with concerns for chronic alcoholism.  There are often limited inpatient detoxification programs available in the community. As such, options for outpatient detox program are more versatile to consider and implement especially for individuals who are in mild withdrawal (e.g. CIWA-AR below 8).

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Top 10 Useful Non-Prescription Medicines

In many retail pharmacies, the over-the-counter section often takes up so much shelf space, making it difficult for consumers to locate products they want to purchase, or at times confuses them into making unwise purchases.  In my opinion, many of these products are not necessary and maybe a waste of consumers’ money.

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