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 •  December 18

A patient safety group in Saskatchewan is sounding the alarm about a drug called Baclofen. MedSask sent out a memo to warn health workers about an increase in overdoses from the drug after seven patients at the Battleford Union Hospital overdosed between July and October this year. Dal Lynds, a nurse practitioner in the Battleford Union Hospital...

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 •  July 31

A young woman from Beauval, Sask. who has cystic fibrosis is calling on the Saskatchewan government to cover an expensive but potentially "life-changing" drug. Christie Brizinski, 20, was diagnosed when she was three-months-old, and while she takes enzymes with every meal to help her digest fats and proteins, her lung function began declining two...

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 •  July 24

A South African child born with HIV has surprised experts by appearing to be effectively cured of the AIDS virus after just a year of treatment, followed by 8½ years drug free. Patients with HIV would normally need to stay on antiretroviral (ART) drugs for the rest of their lives to keep AIDS at bay. But this child, still off treatment and now...

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 •  July 18

The Manitoba government says it will put a cap on pharmacy dispensing fees for provincial drug programs effective this summer — but an association that represents pharmacists calls the plan hasty and claims it could hurt patients. "We are concerned that this was implemented without any consultation at all," Barret Procyshyn, board president for...

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 •  May 17

Health Minister Jane Philpott is announcing consultations on a suite of proposed regulatory changes related to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board. Philpott says the federal board was created 30 years ago to protect consumers and to ensure companies do not use monopolies to charge excessive costs. She says, however, the board is limited in...

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 •  March 10

Canadians could be a step closer to being able to access sensitive information about the safety of drugs and medical devices. On Friday, Health Canada published a white paper on opening up clinical information on drug safety to the public. It could be the beginning of a fundamental change to Health Canada's longstanding practice of treating...

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 •  February 28

Celopharma, Canada's only supplier of Mifegymiso, a prescription medication that can induce early abortion in a woman's own home, says the medication has not been shipped to New Brunswick. Only 14 New Brunswick doctors have registered for the training that's required to prescribe it, confirmed the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of...